Alistair Zaldua is a composer of contemporary and experimental music and has written work for: chamber ensemble, solo instrument, live electronics, and audio/visual installation. His work has received performances from highly acclaimed ensembles and performers such as: ensemble surplus, Ensemble Aventure, Ensemble Modern, Composers Slide Quartet, and Ian Pace, Mark Knoop, Jonathan Powell, Rei Nakamura, Adam Linson, Lauren Redhead. His work consists of both fixed notated scores, as well as openly notated work and has been performed both internationally at festivals for contemporary music: Borealis (Bergen, Norway, 2014), Leeds New Music Festival (2013), UsineSonore (Malleray-Bevilard, Switzerland, 2012), REM (Bremen, 2011), Delmenhorst (2010), Quantensprünge ZKM (Karlsruhe, 2007 & 2008), Freiburger Frühling (2006), Música Nova (Sao Paolo, 2006), and Núcleo Música Nueva (Montevideo, 2006).
Since 1998 he has worked as conductor of the new music ensemble and lecturer in contemporary music at the University of Music, Freiburg (Institut für Neue Musik). As a composer and conductor he has worked with different new music ensembles such as:Ensemble Ascolta (Stuttgart), Ensemble Aventure (Freiburg) and Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), the South-West German Radio Soloist Chamber Ensemble and with the Berner Philharmonic Orchestra. Alistair studied composition with James Dillon. He received a DAAD scholarship to study with Mathias Spahlinger at the Musikhochschule, Freiburg, completing his studies in 1995-1997, and is currently a member of the Music and/as Process RMA Study Group.