Julián Brijaldo (1983) grew up surrounded by a diversity of folk rhythms and popular music from different regions in Colombia. His first experiences writing music were as an arranger of his father's salsa band, where he was also the electric bass player. His journey as a writer and arranger continued during his undergraduate studies in guitar and composition at Universidad Javeriana (Colombia). At this stage he started developing his artistic voice, blending folk idioms, programmatic elements from Latin American literature, and a wide variety of compositional techniques from a diversity of common practice and new music repertoires.
His portfolio covers a broad spectrum, going from contemporary classical music to film scores and popular songs. His most recent concert works include At the Edge of Hope, A Cantata for the Everyday Colombian, a large-scale vocal work written for award-winner soprano Laura Leon, baritone Graham Fandrei, and Amazonia Vocal Ensemble; Ronda de famas y cronopios, a programmatic piece for flute and piano commissioned by New York based ensemble LAtiNA Duo; and the percussion quartet Conganess, commissioned by the soundSCAPE Music Festival.
His music has been recorded and performed in different music scenes across the U.S., Colombia and Europe. His works have been recently performed at the FIU Latin American Choral Festival (FL), the soundSCAPE Music Festival (Italy), the Cleveland Orchestra’s season at the Adrienne Arsht Center (FL), and the 2017 SCI National Conference (MI), the 12 Neum Animated Film Festival NAFF 2017 (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and the FredBrass Institute (VA), where he was the 2017 Composer in Residence. Recent awards include the 2018 CMS Kam Composition Award, the 2017 Presser Graduate Music Award, and an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Colombian Composition Prize. Upcoming projects include the inclusion of his piece La paz es de todos in the first Art Music for All publication; a guitar concerto commissioned by guitarist Rafael Padrón; and the release of Anatomy of Sur, recorded by Ablaze Records and the Brno Philharmonic Virtuosi (Czech Republic), and to be distributed by Naxos of America, Albany Music Distributions, Amazon and iTunes.
Brijaldo holds a D.M.A. in Composition from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and an M.M. in Commercial Music from Florida Atlantic University. He is currently based in South Florida and has been recently appointed as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Miami and Broward College for the incoming academic year. In recent years, Brijaldo has also taught at Florida Atlantic University and Universidad Javeriana, where he worked as Music Theory Faculty from 2009 to 2013 and coauthored different music theory textbooks published by Javergraf.
Brijaldo’s teachers were Dorothy Hindman, Lansing McLoskey, Kevin Wilt, Juan Antonio Cuellar, and Harold Vásquez. In addition, he studied with Stephen Hartke, Martin Bresnick, Augusta Read Thomas, and Christopher Theofanidis under the Distinguished Composer in Residence program at the Frost School of Music.