One of the foremost Spanish pianists and composers of his generation, Gustavo Díaz-Jerez has gained an international following among audiences as well as unanimous critical acclaim for his performances of both contemporary music and the timehonored repertoire. Born in the Spanish Canary Islands, Gustavo Díaz-Jerez studied piano with J. A. Rodriguez at the Conservatorio Superior of Santa Cruz (Tenerife), and subsequently with Solomon Mikowsky at Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he was awarded the prestigious Harold Bauer Award and won the first prize in the conservatory’s concerto competition with his performance Bartók’s 2nd Piano Concerto. Gustavo Díaz-Jerez has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, the UK and the USA, in many of the world’s most renowned halls, including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Royal Festival Hall in London, Sydney Opera House in Sydney and numerous other eminent venues. He has performed as a soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras, such as the Berlin Symphoniker, The Budapest Festival Orchestra, The Turin Symphony, The Northern Sinfonia, as well as the major Spanish orchestras (Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Galicia, Nacional de Cataluña, Castilla y León, Sinfónica de Madrid and others). He has collaborated with such conductors as Ivan Fischer, Victor Pablo, Cristian Mandeal, Matthias Bamert, Gunther Herbig, Adrian Leaper, José R. Encinar, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and others. He has been invited to play at various international music festivals, including the Festival Internacional de Canarias, La Roque d’Anthéron, Quincena Musical Donostiarra, Festival Internacional de Santander, Lucena, Granada, Úbeda. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of the Canary Islands. Since 2002, he is a professor of piano at the Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco, Musikene.
He studied composition with Giampaolo Braccali and Ludmila Ulehla at the Manhattan School of Music. His compositional language may be defined as “algorithmic spectralism”, merging elements of the spectralist movement (Grisey, Murail, Radulescu, etc.), in which timbre plays a fundamental role, with processes derived from mathematical disciplines such as cellular automata, L-systems, fractals, genetic algorithms, number theory, spectrum analysis, additive synthesis, psychoacoustics, etc. Needless the say, the use of the computer is indispensable, usually producing results in the form of electronic music. However, his main interest is not in electroacoustics, but to “transcribe” these results using traditional instruments. This requires a very careful and elaborate process of quantization of melodic, rhythmic and timbric elements, so it can be adequately performed by human players. These transformations, however, leave intact the essence of the original process. His works have been performed worldwide by some of the finest performers and orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under maestro Charles Dutoit, the Symphonic orchestra of Tenerife under maestro Lü Jia, the Budapest Chamber Symphony Orchestra under maestro Alberto Roque, the Orchestra of the Moscow Conservatory under maestro Borja Quintas, among ohers. Some of his works have been published by PeriferiaMusic. A programmer as well, he has written the PC freeware program FractMus, which explores fractal and generative processes for music composition. His articles on the subject have been published by specialized magazines such as Electronic Musician.