Germán Gil-Curiel is a classical guitarist. After his musical studies at the Escuela Nacional de Música from the UNAM in Mexico City, he finished his career as a guitarist at the Estudio de Arte Guitarrístico led by Manuel López Ramos. He has performed a solo guitar and also in a guitar and violin duo with Rogelio Guerrero, second violin from the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, at the Orfeó Català de Mèxic, the Dolores Olmedo Museum in Mexico City, and at the Museum of Science and Art (MUCA) at the National University of Mexico.
In 2011 Germán received a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Sheffield, and is currently Research Affiliate in Music at University College Cork, Ireland. Prior to that Germán was Lecturer in Film at the Sino-British College, Shanghai, and the University of Nottingham Ningbo. Before coming to Ireland, he lived in China for eight years. His main research and teaching interests are: the intersections between music, film, literature and fashion, in particular leitmotifs such as the supernatural, melancholy and death.
He is the author of ‘Music, Literature and Cinema: A Comparative Approach to the Aesthetics of Death in Tous les matins du monde’ (2009); ‘The Cinematic Texts of Edgar Allan Poe: from the Written Word to Digital Art’ (2012); and ‘From Page to Screen: The Supernatural in Literature and on Film. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce and La Rivière du Hibou by Robert Enrico’ (2013). Other publications are: ‘A Comparative Approach: the Early European Supernatural Tale. Five Variations of a Theme’ (2011); ‘Dancing Tragedy: Alexander McQueen’s Aestheticsá of Spectacle’ (2013); and more recently Film Music in ‘Minor’ National Cinemas: Asia, Latin America, Africa. (London and New York: Continuum, forthcoming).
He is also a certified literary translator French-Spanish.