Gabriel Erkoreka was born in Bilbao, Spain, in 1969. He studied composition with Carmelo Bernaola at the Conservatoire of Vitoria, and with Michael Finnissy at the Royal Academy of Music, where he obtained the DipRAM and a Masters degree with distinction from the University of London.
Erkoreka's work has been performed in the Venice Biennale 2004 and 2014; the Musikverein in Vienna; the South Bank Centre, Spitalfields Festival, ICA and Wigmore Hall in London; the ISCM World Music Days in Manchester (1998) and Hong Kong (2007); the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival; Festival Musica Strasbourg; Muziekgebouw ann t’IJ in Amsterdam; Symphony Space in New York and Crown Hall in Chicago; Time of Music Festival in Finland; Festival Internacional de Alicante, the Auditorio Nacional and Centro de Arte ‘Reina Sofía’ in Madrid; and in other cities including Paris, Moscow and Sydney.
In 2018, the OCNE (Spanish National Orchestra) dedicated its prestigious “Carte Blanche” to Erkoreka, and he was also recipient of the “Musika Bulegoa 2018” Prize in the Basque Country. In 2008, he won the “Reina Sofía” International Composition Prize. Other prizes include: the Rome Prize awarded by the Spanish Academy in Rome in 2001; Premio INAEM - Colegio de España in Paris; First Prize of the Premio SGAE in Madrid and the Josiah Parker Prize at the Royal Academy of Music. He was selected to participate in the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, and for the International Gaudeamus Music Week.
Erkoreka's music has been performed by ensembles such as the Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Court-Circuit, Exaudi Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble Nomad - Tokyo and the Diotima Quartet; several of his works are available on CD, edited by Verso, Harmonia Mundi and Stradivarius. He has received commissions from various institutions including the Nieuw Ensemble, the Biennale für Neue Musik-Hannover, the Arditti Quartet, the PluralEnsemble, the Spanish National Orchestra, the Basque National Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and the Guggenheim Museum. He was appointed composer-in-residence of the JONDE (Young Spanish National Orchestra) for 2001-02.
In 2001, Gabriel Erkoreka was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. He has been invited to give lectures at the UdK in Berlin, the Instituto Cervantes in London, Manchester and Chicago; the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, and at the Estoril Music Festival in Portugal. He currently teaches composition at MUSIKENE - Basque Country Superior Conservatoire, and is artistic director of the Ciclo de Conciertos de Música Contemporánea ‘Fundación BBVA’ in Bilbao.