Juan Parra Cancino studied Composition at the Catholic University of Chile and Sonology at The Royal Conservatory of The Hague. He is a member of several ensembles related to Guitar Craft, founded by Robert Fripp. Parra collaborates with artists like Richard Craig and ensemble KLANG. He is founder and member of The Electronic Hammer (computer and percussion trio) and Wiregriot (voice and electronics). He is research fellow at the Orpheus Research Centre in Music.
His docARTES doctoral defense took place on December 2, 2014 at Leiden University.