Professor of Composition/General Studies
André Gribou has composed for and collaborated with many nationally and internationally known artists in the creation of works for documentaries, video, dance, and theater. Artists that he has collaborated with have included Mark Haim, Chris Aiken, Peter Bingham, Mark Dendy, Douglas Neilson, David Parsons, Margaret Beals, Nusha Martynuk and Carter McAdams, Lenora Champagne and the Lark String Quartet. In 2012, he received, in collaboration with Eric Arvai, the Emmy Award for Musical Score for the soundtrack to the documentary David Hostetler: The Last Dance. Previous Emmy nominations include the theme music for the WCBS-TV NFL Today Preview and the documentary PassionWorks: The Story of Flying. He also composed the soundtrack for the Emmy award-winning documentary Wandering Souls: Tet 68. In 2003, he scored the NASA-TV project Water for Tea, which received the top prize at the Communicator Awards: the Crystal Award for Excellence and the Award of Distinction for Original Music. He composed the soundtrack for NASA’s Footprints, the first movie created for the Science on a Sphere format, which was cited by Time magazine as one of the Best Inventions of 2006. He recently completed the soundtrack for Loop, the newest movie to be created in this new format.
As a pianist, his performance venues have included Lincoln Center, The United Nations, and The American New Music Consortium. In 1997, André Gribou and choreographer/dancer Mark Haim performed the world premiere of their duet The Goldberg Variations at The American Dance Festival. Since the premiere, Gribou and Haim have performed The Goldberg Variationsthroughout the United States and abroad, including sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center; the Center for the Contemporary Arts in Yekaterinburg, Russia; and the Seoul Dance Festival in Korea. For the 2000-2002 seasons, they presented The Goldberg Variations as part of the Lincoln Center Institute Arts in Education Program. In 2003, Gribou was invited by the Lincoln Center Institute to present a solo piano program: Time Travel with the Virtuoso Keyboard. Reflecting his many musical interests, he performs with the Latin Jazz sextet, Los Viejos Blanquitos, and his improvisation duo with percussionist Roger Braun. Performances this past year included performing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in Copenhagen, Denmark.
André Gribou holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music and The Juilliard School. He has served as Music Director of the Ohio University School of Dance and joined the Ohio University School of Music Piano, Composition, and General Studies faculty in the fall of 2004. In 1998, 2004 and 2010 he was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. For the past five years, his course on The History of Rock Music has won “Best Class at Ohio University” as part of the Athens News “Best of Athens” Readers Choice Awards. During his tenure at Ohio University, Mr. Gribou has received numerous University grants and two Ohio Arts Council Individual Fellowship Awards for Music Composition. He was on the faculty at The American Dance Festival from 1994 to 2005. Previous to joining the Ohio University faculty, André served on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Trinity College, New York University, and the United Nations International School.