Julián Gómez-Giraldo is the Director of Orchestras at Eastern Washington University and Artistic Director of Spokane Symphony Chorale. He has been Artistic Director of Spokane Youth Symphony, Director of Orchestras, Professor of Choral Activities and Director of Choral Music Education at University of Northern Colorado and Pedagógica in Bogotá. Clinician for the National Choral-Orchestral Programs, adjudicator and guest conductor of honor orchestras and choirs in USA, England, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Mexico and Colombia.
Under the guidance of Helmuth Rilling, conducted in Spain the Bachakademie Orchestra of Stuttgart, Gächinger Kantorei, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Venezuela's Simón Bolivar Orchestra. He was also Music Director of Choir Santa Fe de Bogotá with which he won First Prize in the Sixth International Polyphonic Competition "Ciudad de Ibagué." Under his leadership for oven ten years, the choir performed symphonic-choral and operatic works with the Colombian Symphony and Bogotá Philharmonic, including world and national premieres of Bacalov's "Misa Tango", Berlioz's "Misa Solemnis", Honegger's "Jeanne D'Arc", Prokofiev's "Ivan the Terrible" and Athehortua's "Cristóforo Colombo" among others.
Dr. Gómez-Giraldo has conducted the National Opera and Zarzuela Companies in Colombia in such works as "Barbero de Sevilla", "La Leyenda del Beso" and "Marina", led the university premiere of "Little Women" by Mark Adamo and a production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor". Also appeared as Guest conductor with the orchestras of the Juan M. Corpas University, Colombia, and Autónoma University of Tamaulipas and Orquesta Sinfónica de Guanajuato, Mexico.
He received his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from University of Northern Colorado. Masters degrees from Texas Christian University in Choral and Orchestral Conducting and in Theory and Composition. nad his Bachelor's degree in Music Education and Conducting from National Pedagogic University. He also studied at the National Conservatory and Superior School of Music in Colombia, National Academy of Gregorian Chant in Venezuela, Schola Guido D'Arezzo and with Benedictine monks Luigi Agustoni, Johannes Berchmans, and Juan Ramón Uribe.
As composer and arranger, Hal Leonard publishes his works.
His principal teachers and mentors include renowned Maestros Helmuth Rilling, Russell Guyver and Colombian conductors Jaime Guillén and María Teresa Guillén.
He is a Medal of Honor winner in the category of "Excellence and Outstanding Merit" from the Colombian Ministry of Culture.
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