Gabriel Erkoreka was born in Bilbao, Spain in 1969. He studied with Carmelo Bernaola and Juan Cordero at the Bilbao and Vitoria Conservatoires where he graduated with honours in composition, piano and chamber music. In 1995 he entered the Royal Academy of Music in London to study on the postgraduate course in composition with Michael Finnissy where he obtained the DipRAM and a Masters Degree with distinction from the University of London, and was appointed the Mosco Carner Fellow of Composition 1997-98. He has also participated in courses and masterclasses with composers such as G. Ligeti, L. Berio, F. Donatoni, H. Birtwistle and Luis de Pablo.
His work has been perfomed in the Festival de Música del Siglo XX in Bilbao; Musikaste in Rentería; Festival Internacional de Alicante; Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Fundación Juan March and Auditorio Nacional in Madrid; Warwick and Leamington Music Festival; the Donatoni Festival at the Royal Academy of Music, the Spitalfields Festival 2000 and the South Bank Centre in London; the ISCM World Music Days 1998 in Manchester; the Toru Takemitsu Award Festival 1999 in Tokyo; and in other cities such as Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin.
He has won several composition competitions and received various prizes
for his works including the First Prize of the Premio SGAE 1996 in Madrid;
the Prize of the Basque Government; the Josiah Parker Prize and other
prizes at the Royal Academy of Music. He has also been selected by the
RNE to participate in the International Rostrum of Composers of the UNESCO
in Paris, and for the International Gaudeamus Music Week 1998.
He has received commissions from various institutions including the INAEM, the Nieuw Ensemble, the Biennale für Neue Musik in Hannover, the Quincena Musical de San Sebastián, Quodlibet, the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Academy of Music.
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