A native of west Texas, Gilbert Galindo’s music has been heard at diverse venues such as The Green Mill in Chicago, Symphony Space in New York, The Hideout, Cornelia Street Café, among others, as well as across Europe in France, Germany, Italy, and Scotland. Galindo’s music has also been featured on festival programs at the American Composers Alliance Festival of American Music, the Brevard Music Festival, the Cortona Sessions for New Music, the Etchings Festival of Contemporary Music, Make Music New York, and the Sonic Fusion Festival. His commissions include those from the Chicago Fine Arts Society, Duo Petrarca, and the Lone Star Brass with additional premieres and performances from the ai ensemble, Bard Institute Orchestra, the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Midland Odessa Symphony, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra as well as pianist Mabel Kwan, clarinetist Thomas Piercy, and tenor Ulises Solano. Upcoming works include those for violinist Austin Wulliman, the ai ensemble, and the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble.
This summer, Gilbert was invited to join the composers' collective Random Access Music as an associate member and will write a new work for one of the collaborating ensembles this upcoming season. Last year his chamber and house music were featured on the 21st Century Schizoid Music Series in New York and his orchestral work, Awakening—Inevitable was featured in a documentary film entitled Barbarossa and the Towers of Italy directed by Tony Schweikle. In previous years, Gilbert has been a recipient of the 2008 Van Lier Fellowship from Meet The Composer, two BMI Student Composer Awards (2006 & 2008), a first place winner in the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs 2006 Young Composers Contest, and Northwestern University’s first orchestral competition in 2004. Additionally, he received the Cacavas Award, two awards from the Chicago Union League Civic & Arts Foundation 2003 Music Composition Contest, and Northwestern’s William T. Faricy Award for Creative Music.
While at Northwestern University (BM)—where he studied with William Karlins, Augusta Read Thomas, Amnon Wolman, and Jay Alan Yim—Galindo co-founded EXPOSURE: musicians for new music. Afterwards, he received a degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM)—studying with Margaret Brouwer and Zhou Long—where he served as the conductor and graduate assistant of the CIM New Music Ensemble. Galindo's additional studies include the Bard Conductors Institute (as a conducting fellow and a composer participant with Harold Farberman), the Brevard Music Festival (where he studied with Donald Freund), and the Freie Universität International Summer University Composition Course in Berlin, Germany (where he studied with Samuel Adler as a result of a full scholarship awarded to him by DAAD), and privately with Jason Eckardt. Gilbert currently resides in New York City and is a co-founder and co-coordinator of NYsoundCircuit, an evening-length multimedia salon series of new music and visual arts that showcases the work of composers, ensembles, and artists. His music is available from Cuicatl Publications (BMI) in New York.
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