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.
This past year, close friend and percussionist Gavin Ryan commissioned Cindy to compose a solo percussion piece. having not forgotten is her most recent piece. Performances included world premiere in Provo, Utah by Gavin Ryan and Gotenburg, Sweden by percussionist Christian Smith.
Previous commissions and collaborations include the JACK quartet, Music on the Hill, and the Loadbang Ensemble, and Joint Venture Percussion duo.
Cindy is currently studying her second Masters Degree in Music Composition and Practice Based Research, with a minor in Contemporary Piano Performance at The Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, Netherlands.