A Little Background
Gillian Menichino was born in New York in 1984. Her interests in music began developing from the age of ten when she started studying music as a violinist. In September of 2002, she was awarded the Candy/Paris Scholarship to attend the University of Montana to study violin performance. Whilst there, she began developing her profile as a composer within areas of contemporary music and music technology. Gillian moved to Manchester, England in September of 2007 to continue her studies in music composition at the Royal Northern College of Music. In September of 2009, Gillian was awarded a Master’s Degree in Composition and Contemporary Music. She very recently completed her PhD in music composition and contemporary music at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Gillian has been working with children and people of all ages as a teacher and artistic collaborator at the Royal Northern College of Music and in schools within Manchester, Uk and through outreach organizations during the past seven years in addition to studying in Manchester, UK. Gillian enjoys helping others explore and create music and considers this a very important part of her life as a musician. Developing creative skills and fostering motivation among the youth and people generally, is an essential part of the work she does and that which she finds truly rewarding. Her passions and career goals have been shaped by her experiences as a composer, educator, collaborator and while working in a live programs environments. She believes that the potential social impact through involvement in the arts empowers individuals rounding out their overall quality and aesthetic of life.
Gillian has participated in masterclasses with Nigel Clark, Kenneth Hesketh, Kalevei Aho, Oscar Edelstein, Simon Bainbridge, Steve Mackey, James MacMillan, Brian Ferneyhough, Judith Weir, HK Gruber, and Fredric Rzewski.
As an artist embarking on new creative journeys, taking on challenging projects draws me closer towards solidifying what I can identify as a deeply personal compositional style, one that encompasses harmoniousness through a sense of timbral proportion and overall balance and unification throughout, and one from which to evolve. Conceptually, my compositions aim to embody a music that, through its sound, mirrors the world as I experience it and as I witness what eveolves around me.
I draw inspiration from many of my own life’s experiences both painful and unforgettable. The processes of overcoming pain and disappointment to the point of recovery and transformation are especially significant. I relate writing a piece of music to the experience of particular moments in life; each as a miniature reflecting brief segments of time. In that time, the music dwells on expressing/interpreting emotions, overcoming problems, changing, losing perspective, and then regaining it and rebuilding confidence.
What motivates me is passionate curiosity. That I keep writing is due to the lasting belief that there is the potential to extend further
in broadening the perimeter of the imagination, as what changes around me influences my own creative perspective, and to know that it is still possible to create a music that can be unique in some sense without necessarily consciously or deliberately seeking to make it so. My journey is about discovery and rediscovery of that intangible space between the projection of sound in performance and its reception. The realization of an artist's work is fulfilled through the unique experiences of all those involved. What happens among them, I believe, is ultimately the work of the imagination and I deeply value my personal journey of creativity as it is shared and experienced.
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