GILBERT GALINDO (b. 1982)
Gilbert’s compositions offer the listener a kaleidoscope of textures, sounds, challenging
harmonies, and crisp and vibrant melodies, providing a rewarding journey from the first
notes to the last beat. Many are written for multi-combinations of instruments, solos,
duets, trios, small ensembles to full-blown symphonic orchestral music, to the most
personally poignant songs for voice and piano.
A native of west Texas, Gilbert Galindo’s music has been heard nationwide, at diverse
venues from The Green Mill in Chicago, the University of Wyoming Art Museum, to
Symphony Space, Cornelia Street Café, and the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City.
His music has also been featured on festival programs at the American Composers
Alliance Festival of American Music, the Cortona Sessions for New Music, the Etchings
Festival of Contemporary Music, the New Frontiers Festival, Make Music New York, the
Sonic Fusion Festival, and the Queens New Music Festival. He has also established his
presence across Europe in France, Germany, Italy, Scotland, and Switzerland.
Additionally, his commissions include those from the Chicago Fine Arts Society, the
New Thread Quartet, the Lone Star Brass, and Project Infinity with further premieres and
performances from the Bard Institute Orchestra, DuoSolo, the East Coast Contemporary
Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, ensemble mise-en, the Gotham Ensemble, Iktus
Percussion, the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, the Midland Odessa Symphony, newEar,
Parthenia, the Southwest Trio, Yung-Li Dance as well as pianists Amir Khosrowpour and
Mabel Kwan, clarinetist Thomas Piercy, cellist Kate Dillingham, and tenor Ulises Solano,
among others. His music has also been heard on WWFM Midday Classics and WQXR in
In February 2015, Gilbert Galindo’s cello and piano piece, “Almost within reach…” was released on a new album entitled, “Crossings: New Music for Cello” with cellist Kate Dillingham and pianist Amir Khosrowpour available on New Focus Recordings. Other recent activity has included “Ampelmännchen Stroll” for ensemble mise-en, “Not the light, but the fire that burns” for Iktus Percussion, “Perpetual Drive” for the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, and various works for Random Access Music. In previous years his chamber and club 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. His awards and recognitions include: Composers Assistance Program grants from the the American Music Center and NewMusicUSA, a Van Lier Fellowship from Meet The Composer, two BMI Student Composer Awards, First Place in the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Young Composers Contest, winner of Northwestern University’s first orchestral competition, the Cacavas Award, two awards from the Chicago Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Music Competition Contest, and Northwestern University’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 – he 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. Additional studies include the Bard Conductors Institute as a conducting fellow and composer participant with Harold Farberman, and the Brevard Music Festival, studying with Donald Freund. In Germany, as a result of a full scholarship awarded to him by DAAD, he studied with Samuel Adler at the Freie Universität International Summer University Composition Course in Berlin, and privately with Jason Eckardt. Recently he served as artistic director of the composer and performer collective, Random Access Music (RAM) based in Queens, New York. Galindo is a composer and board member of RAM and his music is available from Cuicatl Publications (BMI).
Updated October 2016
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