Cindy Giron (b.1987, Brighton, MA) is a composer and performer based in The Hague, Netherlands. Intrigued by textures, silences, journeys, contrasts and musical conversations, her music explores all instrumentations from solo to chamber, orchestral, electronic, and installations.
Giron began her musical studies at an early age at the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School. Trained as a classical pianist and active in choirs and chamber music, exploring the nature of rubato (expressive and rhythmic freedom) in music inspired her journey into writing music. Surrounded by musical siblings, her interest in writing for her family and close friends sparked her love to collaborate with others in realizing a piece of music.
Giron’s musical passion led her to study with Nils Vigeland and Reiko Fueting at the Manhattan School of Music where she received a Bachelors in Music Composition. Upon graduating, Giron embarked on a trip and took her studies abroad to the Netherlands where she studied with Gilius van Bergeik and Yiannis Kyriakides for a semester at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. With her return to the US, Giron completed a Masters in Music Theory and Composition at New York University where she studied with Morton Subotnik and Julia Wolfe.
Gaining a perspective on her values in music and life, her interest in nature and quiet landscapes speak as a main source of inspiration. Large spaces, expanded forms, and the elongation of materials, dualities and metaphors are other highlights in her creative process .
As a 2014 First Music winner, Giron was commissioned by the New York Youth Symphony for an orchestral work. Her commissioned work Nelumbo was premiered at the United Palace Theater in New York City and Carnegie Hall in November 2014 with the direction of Joshua Gersen. Festival participation as a composition fellow includes Bang on a Can's Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA in 2014, participation at the Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music in Germany in 2014 and 2016, as well as a Peter Ablinger workshop fellow at the Impuls International Ensemble and Composers Academy in Austria in 2015. At Impuls, Giron created her first sound art installation Friluftsliv, in collaboration with cinematographer Toshiki Yashiro.
Following her participation at the Bang on a Can New Music Festival in 2014, friend and colleauge Gavin Ryan commissioned Cindy to compose a solo percussion piece, having not forgotten. Performances included world premiere in Provo, Utah by Gavin Ryan and Gotenburg, Sweden by percussionist Christian Smith. The experimentation of silence in producing new methods of discovering rhythm, harmony, and structure from this piece inspired Giron’s research in developing a method with composing with silence, balance, and the Japanese Aesthetic of MA, for her research at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. The piece was selected as a fall youtube “Follow My Score [Fall 2017] Selected Work.”
Previous commissions and collaborations include the JACK quartet, Music on the Hill, Loadbang Ensemble, Joint Venture Percussion duo, the Holland Festival 2017, the Wave Field Music Festival in the Netherlands.
Cindy is currently studying the One Year Sonology Course, after having completed her second Masters Degree in Music Composition and Practice Based Research, with a minor in Contemporary Piano Performance, at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, the Netherlands. Though she continues to compose acoustic works, her production in electronic compositions, installations, and experimental media are of main interest. Her most recent electronic performances include the Third Life Studio and the Coincidence Residency in Somerville, Massachusetts, STEIM electronic concert venue and research center in Amsterdam, NL, House in Brooklyn, NY.
Upcoming projects include an ecological opera with Contemporary Dutch Ensemble Klang and the Royal Academy of Arts of the Hague and a residency at the Elektronmusikstudion EMS in Stockhom, Sweden.
December 2018 will also see the release of her electronic album Kes-75. More to follow…..Thank you for your interest!