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Inés Thiebaut


Inés Thiebaut (1979) was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at California State University East Bay. She holds a Ph.D from the CUNY Graduate Center (New York). Her research interests primarily engage with the music of the 20th century. Her dissertation is titled Symmetry and Interval Cycles in the Quartettos of Mario Davidovsky (with Joseph Straus as advisor), a portion of which was published under the title “Compositional Spaces in Mario Davidovsky’s Quartettos”, in Form and Process in Music, 1300-2014: An Analytic Sampler (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016). 

She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music theory from the Professional Conservatory of Music Adolfo Salazar (Madrid, Spain, 2002), a Composition and Film Scoring Double Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music (Boston, 2006) and a Master of Arts in Composition from Queens College (New York, 2009).  While at CUNY she studied with composers Jason Eckardt, Douglas Geers, Jeff Nichols and Hubert Howe, and theorists Joseph Straus, and Poundie Bernstein. During her career, Inés has also studied composition with composers Fabián Panisello and Marcela Rodriguez. She's taught extensively, and has held adjunct positions at the Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens College, CUNY, 2008-2012) and at the John J Cali School of Music (Montclair State University, 2013-2014). Before her move to the East Bay Inés held a 3-year Visiting Assistant Professor position at the University of Utah.

Her music has been performed by the Second Instrumental Unit (David Fulmer, director), the Contemporary Music Ensemble (Whitney George, director/conductor), Mivos Quartet, New Music Singers (Cynthia Powell, Director); and the SospiroWinds, Transit, and Cygnus ensembles in New York; also by cellist Iracema de Andrade in Mexico City, and the Kalistos String Orchestra (David Callahan, Conductor) in Boston. Her orchestra piece The Unmarked was premiered by the Contemporary Youth Orchestra (Liza Grossman, director/conductor) in Cleveland in December 2009. In 2010 her piece Con Nombre de Olvido was premiered by international acclaimed percussionist Miquel Bernat in the “Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea de Tres Cantos” (Madrid, Spain), and later had its Portuguese premiere in December 2011. That same year her piece Apocarpous II was performed by the Mexican Ensemble Espirales in the National Auditorium in Madrid. Other commissions include a percussion quartet for the Mexican percussion ensemble Tambuco, several chamber works for the New York based ensembles Vigil, Ensemble Mise-En and Ensemble 365, and solo pieces with electronics for percussionist Jonathan Singer, and violinist Karen Kim.

Her recent works for the concert hall include a commission from flutist Julián Elvira, a piece for prónomo flute and electronics, a chamber piece for The Cadillac Moon Ensemble, commissioned by Julie Harting and Elizabeth Adams as part of their Anti-Capitalist Concert Series in New York, a chamber piano concerto for the Nova Chamber Music Series (with pianist Jason Hardink as soloist), and a piano and electronics piece, commissioned by Jason Hardink, which premiered in March of 2022 as part of the Concord/Revisited project in SLC, UT.

Inés's compositional interests also lie beyond the concert hall, as she is always eager to collaborate with other art forms. She has composed music and sound designed for several productions of the Traverse City-based theater company Parallel45, as well as several short films and dance projects in Spain, Portugal, and the US.