“Artists today need a new set of skills to be able to tell the unique story of their generation.” Edward Bilous
– Wall Street Journal
Edward Bilous, composer, artistic director, and educator, is the Founding Director of the Center for Innovation in the Arts at the Juilliard School and Artistic Director for Virtua Creative.
Innovation in the Arts and Education
Bilous began his career in arts education in 1978 as one of the first teaching-artists at the newly created Lincoln Center Institute. Together, with colleagues in theater and dance, he helped to create the basic cannon of aesthetic education practices that continue to inspire students and teachers around the world.
Bilous joined the faculty of the Juilliard School in 1984 and developed many of the institution’s most innovative programs including the Arts and Education Program, the Center for Innovation in the Arts and Beyond the Machine– A Festival of Interdisciplinary and Multimedia Art. In 2012, he was awarded the William Schuman Scholars Chair by the Juilliard School in recognition of his life-long contributions to arts education.
Additionally, Bilous served on the National Endowment for the Arts panel for Learning In the Arts and was the Senior Education Advisor in the creation of The Academy – A Program of the Juilliard School, Carnegie Hall and the Weil Institute.
He is a leading advocate for the arts in education and has led discussions and workshops with business leaders, lawmakers, teachers and administrators around the nation, in Europe, and Asia. His recent TEDx talk was titled “Nurturing Creative Intelligence Through the Arts”.
As a creative artist, Bilous’ innovative work includes music for film and dance as well as multimedia theatrical events and virtual reality experiences.
His most recent projects include “BASETRACK LIVE”, a multimedia theatrical event hailed by The New York Time as one of the “Top Ten Shows of 2014”, “SACRED” a multimedia concert and VR experience developed in collaboration with New York Public Television, “Emperor of All Maladies,” a PBS TV series helmed by Executive Producer Ken Burns.
Recently, Bilous directed “Cracked Orlando”, a multimedia opera by composer Jonathan Dawe. Bilous is also serving as the Artistic Director for the National World War I Centennial Commemoration in Washington, 2018.
During his long career as a composer and music producer, Bilous has collaborated on many projects that foster understanding and social awareness including the documentary films “Scottsboro” (2001 Academy Award nominee) and “Portraits of Grief – A Tribute to the Victims of the September 11th Tragedy” (New York Times Television) and “Forgiveness” (PBS).
His long relationship with Pilobolus has yielded 5 collaborations including “On The Nature of Things” and “Night of The Dark Moon”. Other compositions include “Lucid Dreams” written for the American Composers Orchestra and “Mission Eternity” for Beyond the Machine.
Bilous received his MM and DMA from the Juilliard School, composition with Elliott Carter and Vincent Persichetti and B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music, composition with Charles Wuorinen and Elias Tannenbaum. He also studied privately with Krzysztof Penderecki and Roger Sessions.
Upon graduating, Bilous was very active in New York’s music scene working with artists in many genres including The Who, Sinead O’Connor, Michael Brecker, Dr. John, Saturday Night Live, and many others. Later, he honed his music producing skills at recording studios in New York, Los Angeles, London, and Nashville.
He lives in New York City with his wife, composer and Juilliard professor Michelle DiBucci and their 13-year old daughter, Isabella.