GERARDO DIRIÉ

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Born in Cordoba, Argentina, composer Gerardo Dirié is also an accomplished conductor, performer, and educator. He was active in Argentina until 1987 when he moved to the US for further studies. From 2003 he has been working in Brisbane, Australia.


As a composer, he has had many acclaims and performances in the United States, Latin America and Europe. In July 1994, he was a prize winner in the National Tribune of Electroacoustic Music in Argentina. As a result, his piece Tu casa o este océano was selected for performance at the 1994 International Tribune of Electroacoustic Music in Paris and at the International Tribune of Composers (UNESCO) in Finland. His choral work Canto de Amores Entre Ausencias won the Honorary Mention in the NISSIM ASCAP International Composition Competition in 1993. In 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996 he was distinguished with the Standard Awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for the performance of his compositions. These included the performances of Puerto de Cántaros by the Cosmopolitan Symphony Orchestra with Tania Leon conducting, in Town Hall, New York; Two Impromptus for two pianos, in Caracas, Venezuela; El baile del quinto día for solo violin in Spain; and a retrospective concert of his music for soloists and live electronics performed by The Hueco Ensemble in Manhattan. Subsequently, his music has also been performed in India, Malaysia, Turkey, Russia, China, South Korea, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Denmark, as well as in Australia, where he resides since 2003.

From 1992 to 1996, he served as Associate Artist for the Indiana Repertory Theatre. He was on the designers' team and wrote the music and sound design for five stage productions: "Yerma", "The Cherry Orchard", "A Thousand Cranes", "Much Ado About Nothing" , and "The Magnificent Ambersons." Highly favorable comments on the impact of his music have appeared in The New York Times , The Milwaukee Journal , Huizmuziek of The Netherlands, and La Voz del Interior of Argentina. His musical essays and poetry have been published by Pauta magazine in Mexico, McGraw Hill and Springer in the US, Huizmuziek, in The Netherlands, the Ministry of Culture in Colombia, and the online Confraria do Vento-Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the E-Journal Resonate of the Australian Music Centre.

Dirié holds Master and Doctor in Music Composition degrees from Indiana University, where he studied with John Eaton and Eugene O'Brien. He attended the Jacobs School of Music - Indiana University from 1987 after receiving a Fulbright Fellowship and Monica Mourier Archibald Grant for postgraduate studies. Prior to moving to the US, he completed studies at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, studying composition with Atilio Argüello, Oscar Bazán, and César Franchisena. During this time he was also awarded an International Encounters in Contemporary Music Grant to study Contemporary Choral Music Conducting Techniques in Buenos Aires, as well as a Fondo Nacional de las Artes Grant to study Music and Mathematics.

Complementing his activities as a composer and scholar, Dirié has worked extensively as an educator. From 1989 to 1992 he served as an Associate Instructor of composition at Indiana University, working with students in one-to-one tuition, as well as leading large seminar classes on composition. He has been a faculty member for the Recorder Academy Summer Workshop at Indiana University, where he conducted workshops on music Improvisation and Multimedia Creations for Young Musicians>. From 1997 to 2003 he was appointed as faculty member in the Music in General Studies at the Jacobs School of Music while maintaining a sustained heterogeneous practice in collaborative creative projects with singers, instrumental ensembles, and dancers. In addition, he was guest faculty at the 1991 Amherst Early Music Festival, the 1992 Orff-Schulwerk National Conference in Minneapolis, and the 1993 and 1996 National Conference on Recorder Pedagogy in Bloomington. In 1982. He was a founding member of the distinguished Collegium Centro de Educación e Investigaciones Musicales in Cordoba, Argentina. At this institution, devoted to music education and research to all degree levels, he taught composition and music theory to students of all ages and was the music director of the main choral ensemble, until his departure to the US in 1987. Under his direction, this ensemble presented programs devoted to contemporary music and Latin American vernacular and Colonial Music.

Dirié has been very active in bringing Latin American art music to a wider audience, not only through his work as composer and educator, but also as Assistant Director of Indiana University's Latin American Music Center, first under the direction of Venezuelan composer Ricardo Lorenz, and later directed by Venezuelan conductor Dr. Cármen Téllez. He assisted orchestras, soloists, ensembles and scholars from around the world in programming and studying Latin American music. He has been instrumental in the recording projects of the Japanese label Marco Polo and Dorian Recordings’ Latin American Masters Series. His research and consultation helped in the programming of performances by the American Composers Orchestra and the Continuum ensemble in New York, the San Antonio Symphony, Aktive Muzik, and the Kammerorchester Schloss Werneck of Germany, among many others. He coordinated the two Inter American Composition Workshops at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University: Words and Music (1994) with guests composers George Crumb and Kathryne Alexander among many other creators from the Americas, and Crossroads of Traditions (1996), a similar grand gathering, with guest composers John Corigliano and Guido López Gavilán. Dirié is co-editor of Scores and Recordings at the Indiana University Latin American Music Center, one of the "premiere resources available to performers and scholars of Latin American art music". From 2003 to 2016 he served as Head of Music Theory and Music Studies at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, in Brisbane, Australia, undertaking substantial innovative changes in their programs. Since 2016, he has been serving as Head of Composition, leading the creative designs of opportunities and learning contexts, across genres and practices, for the young students of composition