Meet The Composer: Inés Thiebaut


Composer Inés Thiebaut was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in music theory at the University of Utah. She holds a Ph.D in Composition 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 recently 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 is the co-founder, and executive co-director along with fellow composer André Bregegere of Dr. Faustus, an organization dedicated to the commission and promotion of new music. Her interest in non-profit music organizations has led her to direct and manage multiple groups throughout her career, including the S.E.M. Ensemble while living in New York.

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 for two productions of the Traverse City-based theatre company Parallel45, as well as several short films and dance pieces in Spain, Portugal, and the US.

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 internationally 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 as part of “Puentes II: Encuentro Hispano Mexicano de Música Contemporánea.” Her recent commissions include a percussion quartet for the Mexican percussion ensemble Tambuco, several chamber works for the New York based ensembles Vigil, Cadillac Moon Ensemble and Ensemble 365, and a marimba and electronics piece for percussionist Jonathan Singer. Recently she finished a commission from trombonist David Whitwell, a violin and electronics work for Karen Kim and the Dr. Faustus: New Synchronisms project, and a chamber piece for Ensemble Mise-En. Her two most recent works are a commission from flutist Julián Elvira, a piece for prónomo flute and electronics, and a chamber piece for The Cadillac Moon Ensemble, commissioned by Julie Harting and Elizabeth Adams as part of the Anti-Capitalist Concert Series in New York.