In a 32-year career at NYU, Ghezzo served as a professor music and director of the school’s composition studies program. A composer, conductor, lecturer, and performer, Ghezzo was a recipient of many awards, prizes, and commissions, and lead international ensembles and soloists. He recently served as a visiting composer at the American Academy in Rome.
Ghezzo’s compositions have been performed throughout the United States and abroad, and are published by Editions Salabert of Paris, by Musica Scritta, the AIM Press (Italy), and by Seesaw Music Corporation, New York.
Throughout his lifetime, Ghezzo was involved in national and international music projects. He is remembered as a friend who could be a spiritual leader in times of crisis. Colleagues note that after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Ghezzo organized a concert called Songs of Sorrow, Songs of Hope, which was viewed by audiences worldwide. The performance received an award from the Internet 2 Association for the most creative collaborative use of the Internet.
“Dinu was always exploring new avenues of artistic expression,” said Robert Rowe, chair of the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions and Ghezzo’s longtime colleague.
“We are deeply grateful for Dinu’s gift of bringing together so many people from different countries and different backgrounds. One great heritage is that those of us who knew him continue deep friendships that came into being because of his generous spirit,” he said.