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 first contact with classical music was when he decided to pursue an undergraduate degree in music and started his studies in classical guitar and composition.
His portfolio covers a broad spectrum, going from contemporary classical music to film scores and popular songs. His most recent works include Memorias perdidas, for a capella mixed choir; SIMON, for symphony orchestra; Anatomy of Sur, for pierrot ensemble; the incidental music for the promotional video Vogue Thailand; the score for Neon, a short-film produced in Savannah, GA, by director Amin Shaikh; and the music for Forked Up, a web series developed in Los Angeles, CA. Alongside his recent work as a composer, Brijaldo also works as an arranger. Among others, he has arranged music for Rattette Jazz Band (Boca Raton, FL), and the Colombian Ministry of Culture (National Music Day, in 2012).
Brijaldo’s music has been recorded and performed in different music scenes across the US, Colombia and Europe. Among others, his works have been performed at the soundSCAPE Music Festival (Italy), the 12 Neum Animated Film Festival NAFF 2017 (Bosnia and Herzegovina), the 2017 Cleveland Orchestra’s season at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (FL), the 2017 SCI National Conference (MI), and the FredBrass Institute (VA), where he was the 2017 Composer in Residence. His most recent awards include the 2017 Presser Graduate Music Award, the 2016 UM Concerto Competition in the composition category, and an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Colombian Composition Prize. Upcoming projects include the commission of a guitar concerto by Miami-based Cuban Guitarist Rafael Padrón; a violin solo piece for Violinist Eun-young Jung; and the commercial release of Anatomy of Sur, recorded by the Brno Philharmonic Virtuosi in Brno (Czech Republic) and Ablaze Records, and to be distributed by Naxos of America, Albany Music Distributions, Amazon and iTunes.
He is presently a DMA Candidate in Composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he is also a Doctoral Teaching Assistant and a Senator in the Graduate Student Association. He holds a Master of Music from Florida Atlantic University, where he received the FAU Graduate Fellowship for Academic Excellence. Prior the start of his graduate studies, he also received the COLFUTURO scholarship; an academic recognition awarded to the most outstanding students pursuing graduate degrees abroad his native Colombia. Brijaldo earned his Bachelor of Music at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia), where he worked as Music Theory Faculty from 2009 to 2013 and published different music theory textbooks in conjunction with other faculty and the Music Theory Department.