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Dániel Péter Biró: Biography

Dániel Péter Biró
1969 -
Region: British Columbia

Dániel Péter Biró

Dániel Péter Biró is Associate Professor of Composition and Music Theory at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC, Canada. Dániel Péter Biró received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2004; his dissertation examines historical relationships between orality, memory and notational development in Hungarian laments, Jewish Torah recitation and early Christian plainchant. In 2006 he was a research fellow at the University of Victoria Centre for Studies in Religion and Society. In 2011 he was Visiting Professor at Utrecht University where he undertook computational research of Jewish and Islamic chant practices. Dániel Péter Biró has been commissioned by festivals (Eclat Festival, Darmstadt International Summer Courses, Toronto New Music Concerts, Vancouver New Music) and his music has been performed by ensembles around the world by, among others, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Ensemble Surplus, Kai Wessel, the Meitar Ensemble, ensemble recherche, the Neue Vocalsolisten and the Talea Ensemble. He has won international prizes for his work (Kodály Prize, Gigahertz Production Prize, Vocal Music Competition of the ISCM–Austria). In 2013 his composition Kivrot Hata'avah (Graves of Craving) represented Canada at the World Music Days in Vienna, Austria. In 2014-2015 is a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. During this time he is completing and recording the composition cycle Mishpatim (Laws) for voices, ensemble and electronics, working in conjunction with the Experimentalstudio and Neos Music. He is co-editor of The String Quartets of Béla Bartók: Tradition and Legacy in Analytical Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2014).

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