Erkoreka’s music has been performed in the Venice Biennale 2004; the Musikverein in Vienna; the South Bank Centre, Spitalfields Festival, ICA and Wigmore Hall in London; the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival; the ISCM World Music Days in Manchester (1998) and Hong Kong (2007); the Biennale für Neue Musik in Hannover; the “Time of Music” Festival in Finland; the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam; the New Paths in Music Festival and Symphony Space in New York, and the Crown Hall in Chicago; the Takemitsu Festival 1999 in Tokyo; Festival “Aujourd’hui Musiques” in Perpignan; Festival Internacional de Alicante; the Auditorio Nacional and Centro “Reina Sofía” in Madrid; and in other cities including Paris, Berlin, Buenos Aires and Sydney.
His work has been recorded and broadcast by the BBC, WDR, RAI, RNE and other radio stations from Australia, Japan and Holland; several of his works are available on CD, edited by Stradivarius, Harmonia Mundi, Verso, FNAC and the Fundación Autor. He has received commissions from various institutions including the Nieuw Ensemble, the Hannover Society for Contemporary Music, the SGAE, Spanish Ministry of Culture, Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Basque Symphony Orchestra, Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, Festival ENSEMS-Valencia, the Quincena Musical, the RAM and the Guggenheim Museum on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary.
Gabriel Erkoreka was born in Bilbao, Spain in 1969. He studied with Carmelo Bernaola in Vitoria-Gasteiz, graduating with honours in composition and piano. In 1995 he entered the Royal Academy of Music to study composition with Michael Finnissy where he obtained the DipRAM and a Masters degree with distinction from the University of London, and was appointed Fellow of Composition 1997-98. He was appointed composer-in-residence of the JONDE (Young Spanish National Orchestra) for 2001–02.
Composition prizes for his works include the First Prize of the “Premio SGAE” in Madrid; the “Premio de Roma” awarded by the Spanish Academy in Rome in 2001; Premio INAEM — Colegio de España in Paris; various prizes at the Royal Academy of Music including the Josiah Parker Prize, and the Prize of the Basque Government (1999). He was selected to participate in the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers and for the International Gaudeamus Music Week.
In 2001, Gabriel Erkoreka was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), where he also taught orchestration. He has been invited to give lectures at the Instituto Cervantes in London, Manchester and Chicago; the CDMC-Encuentros con los Jovenes Compositores in Madrid; the Festival de Música del Siglo XX in Bilbao, and at the Estoril Music Festival in Portugal. As a pianist, he has given solo and chamber music concerts in England and Spain. His orchestral debut was in April 1998, playing Ravel’s Concerto in G with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra. He is founder member of the Trio Bernaola and composer-in-association of the KRATER Ensemble. He currently lives in London and teaches composition at MUSIKENE — Basque Country Superior Conservatoire.