David Lang

David Lang

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“With his winning of the Pulitzer Prize for the little match girl passion (one of the most original and moving scores of recent years), Lang, once a postminimalist enfant terrible, has solidified his standing as an American master.” — The New Yorker Lang’s simple song #3, written as part of his score for Paolo Sorrentino’s acclaimed film […]

Karlheinz Stockhausen

Karlheinz Stockhausen

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Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007) composed 376 individually performable works. From 1977 to 2003 he composed the cycle of operas LICHT (LIGHT), The Seven Days of the Week, which comprises about 29 hours of music. All of the seven parts of this music-theatre work have had their staged world premières: DONNERSTAG (THURSDAY) in 1981, SAMSTAG (SATURDAY) in […]

John Zorn

John Zorn

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John Zorn (born September 2, 1953) is an American composer, arranger, producer, saxophonist, and multi-instrumentalist with hundreds of album credits as performer, composer, and producer across a variety of genres including jazz, rock, hardcore, classical, surf, metal, klezmer, soundtrack, ambient, and improvised music. He incorporates diverse styles in his compositions which he identifies as avant-garde […]

Pro Coro Canada

Pro Coro Canada

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Founded in 1981 by Canadian Michel Marc Gervais, Pro Coro Canada is a resident ensemble at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music. In addition to a subscription concert series in Edmonton, the choir performs regional concerts in surrounding Alberta centres, and runs a touring program of choral education for primary and secondary schools. Pro Coro […]

Mark McGregor

Mark McGregor

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Described as a musician of “huge physical energy,” flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor has been lauded by the press as “mind-blowing” and “verging on the superhuman.” He has performed in festivals and music series across North America, Europe, Australia, and Israel, including Festival Montréal-Nouvelles Musique, Music Gallery (Toronto), Vancouver New Music Festival, New Works Calgary, Athelas […]

Quatuor Molinari

Quatuor Molinari

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Founded in 1997 by violinist Olga Ranzenhofer in hommage to artist Guido Molinari, (who, apart from lending his name to the Quartet, also designed its logo), the Molinari Quartet’s mandate is threefold: to perform and promote twentieth and twenty first century works written for the string quartet, encourage new creations by commissioning pieces from composers, […]

ensemble mosaik

ensemble mosaik

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ensemble mosaik was founded in 1997 by young instrumentalists and composers in Berlin and has developed, as an especially multifaceted and adventurous experimental formation, into one of Germany’s most renowned ensembles for contemporary music. Its recognized high quality is not just based on its individual musicians’ outstanding talent. Most of them are founding members, enabling […]

Andrea Young

Andrea Young

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Andrea Young is a Canadian musician specializing in experimental voice and live-electronics. She performs an acoustic, amplified, processed and resynthesized voice, as well as a re-purposed sound-controlling voice enabled through feature extraction and data-driven live electronics. While her work relies on digital innovation, her musical output relies on the integration of her digital interface with analogue […]

Nova Pon

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Nova Pon (b. 1983) is a music composer based in western Canada. She has composed in major cities, a small island community, and an isolated forested acreage, in genres ranging from orchestral, chamber music, wind band, and choral works, to collaborations with film and dance, to educational and amateur music making. She enjoys embracing the […]

Melanie Leonard New West Music Ensemble

Wild West New Music Ensemble

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The Wild West New Music Ensemble is Calgary’s newest professional chamber music ensemble. Specializing in the contemporary classical repertoire and led by emerging conductor Mélanie Léonard, this ensemble is comprised of some of Calgary’s top professional musicians, most of whom occupy positions in the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Luminous Voices

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Luminous Voices is Calgary’s new professional chamber choir. The choir’s mission is to engage audiences in exceptional choral music through stirring performances, workshops and recordings. Comprised of some of the finest ensemble singers in Calgary, the choir also brings together exceptional singers and musicians from across the continent to collaborate with local performers. Luminous Voices […]

Gianetta Baril

Gianetta Baril

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Award-winning harpist Gianetta Baril has had a distinguished solo career for over 30 years. While concertizing throughout Germany, France, England, Poland, and the Czech Republic, she consistently received glowing praise for her charming presence, dramatic artistry and spectacular technique. Career highlights include concerts behind the Iron Curtain, performing as Canada’s representative to the World Harp […]

Sarah Slean

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Over the course of her 15-year career Sarah Slean has made eight albums, starred in two short films and a movie musical, published two volumes of poetry, held exhibitions of her paintings, written two string quartets, and shared the stage with five of the country’s leading orchestras. During that time she was nominated for three […]

Artio

Mount Royal Artio Choir

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The name Artio is derived from the Celtic word for “bear,” and was the name of a Gallo-Roman goddess who often took the form of a bear. She represented creative, bold and emergent abundance — all qualities that describe the singers who make up Mount Royal Artio and what we do. Artio specializes in choral […]

Voxare Quartet

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“The gifted Voxare String Quartet” (The New York Times) formed in 2008 and has since received critical praise for its inventive programming, technical prowess, attention to detail, and passionate performances.  As one of the most acclaimed and innovative young string quartets in the United States, The New York Times declared that Voxare plays “with such […]

Neil Cockburn, organ

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International prize-winning organist Neil Cockburn is Head of Organ Studies at Mount Royal University Conservatory in Calgary (Alberta, Canada), Director of MRU Conservatory’s Purcell Ensemble, and Artistic Director of the Calgary Organ Festival.

Carlos D Perales

Carlos D. Perales

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Carlos D. Perales (Úbeda, 1979), is a pianist, composer, conductor and researcher focused on the extension of the acoustic sound through the possibilities of the electronic expression and the human-computer interaction.

Monica Pearce

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Monica Pearce, originally from Prince Edward Island, is a composer of new classical/contemporary music with a particular affinity for solo and chamber music, opera, and musical theatre.

Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod 1986 in Düsseldorfer Tonhalle. (photo:© Christine Langensiepen)

Olivier Messiaen

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From very early on it was clear that Messiaen would be a composer who would stand alone in the history of music. Coming not from any particular ‘school’ or style but forming and creating his own totally individual musical voice.

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Nicole Lizée

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Called a “brilliant musical scientist” and lauded for “creating a stir with listeners for her breathless imagination and ability to capture Gen-X and beyond generation”, Montreal based composer Nicole Lizée creates new music from an eclectic mix of influences including the earliest MTV videos, turntablism, rave culture, Hitchcock, Kubrick, 1960s psychedelia and 1960s modernism.

Tawnie Olson, composer

Tawnie Olson

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escribed as “especially glorious… ethereal”, and “a highlight of the concert”, the music of Canadian composer Tawnie Olson has been performed by a wide range of ensembles and individual musicians.

Paolo Perazzani, composer

Paolo Perezzani

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Paolo Perezzani (1955) is an Italian composer. He graduated in philosophy at Bologna University and in 1982 in choral music and choral conducting. Perezzani studied composition with Sciarrino, teaching under him at Città di Castello from 1985 to 1988.

Raphael Cendo, composer

Raphaël Cendo

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A pianist by training, Raphaël Cendo performed with a hardcore rap group before institutionalising his training at the École Normale de Musdique and then at the Paris Conservatory (2000-2003).

Salvatore Sciarrino

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Salvatore Sciarrino (Palermo, 1947) boasts of being born free and not in a music school. He started composing when he was twelve as a self-taught person and held his first public concert in 1962. But Sciarrino considers all the works before 1966 as an developing apprenticeship because that is when his personal style began to reveal itself.

Richard Barrett, composer

Richard Barrett

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Richard Barrett (1959) is internationally active as both composer and improvising performer, and has collaborated with many leading performers in both areas, while developing works and ideas which increasingly leave behind the distinctions between them.

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Brian Ferneyhough

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Brian John Peter Ferneyhough is an English composer who has resided in California, United States since 1987. His work characterized by highly complex notation and the extensive use of irregular nested rhythmic tuplets, Ferneyhough is typically considered to be the central figure of the New Complexity movement.

Lori Freedman, Clarinet © Martin Morissette

Lori Freedman, clarinet

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Qualified as “a musical revolutionary in the front ranks of the avant-garde” by Alex Varty of the Georgia Straight (Vancouver), Lori Freedman (clarinets) is internationally recognized as one of the most creative and provocative performers.

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Simeon ten Holt

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Although Simeon ten Holt’s music is often categorized under the Minimal Music banner, the question is whether this characterization captures the true nature of his composing talent. Although the minimalist inspiration is undoubtedly present in all of his piano compositions, the distinctive feature is not so much the rhythmic and tonal structure which is so typical for this style, but much more the evolutionary space which his music actually creates for the players performing his music.

Harry Somers

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He once remarked that, for him: …composition evolves from a body of tradition and a series of conventions, be they old or new. “Now in the 1950s I was out of touch with developments that were happening in composition; I had to learn my own way.”

Hope Lee, composer

Hope Lee

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Lee writes complex music that creates organic forms, and is “forcefully expressive” and “mesmerizing”. She exploits conventional instruments imaginatively and in unusual combination, creating colourful and evocative sonorities.

Srul Irving Glick

Srul Irving Glick

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Srul Irving GlickSrul Irving Glick (1934-2002) was one of Canada’s most prominent and prolific composers having written in most major forms including chamber, oratorio, orchestral, vocal and choral.

Norma Beecroft

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Most of Beecroft’s compositions combine electronically produced or altered sounds together with live instruments, an extension of vocal and/or instrumental sounds rather than a contrast of timbres.

John Beckwith, Composer

John Beckwith

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John Beckwith, composer, writer, pianist, teacher, and administrator, studied piano in Toronto with Alberto Guerrero and composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger.

Sara Hahn, flute

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Hailed by the Calgary Herald as “outstanding”, having “beauty of tone and a wonderfully flexible phrasing”, as well as “perfect intonation” and “meltingly seductive” melodies, Sara Hahn is currently the Principal Flutist for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Winston Choi

Winston Choi, piano

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Winner of the 2002 Orléans Concours International and Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition, Chicago-based Canadian pianist Winston Choi is an inquisitive performer whose fresh approach to standard repertory, and masterful understanding, performance and commitment to works by living composers, make him one of today’s most dynamic young concert artists.

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Mélanie Léonard

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Music Director, Wild West New Music Ensemble Known for her youthful vibrancy and dynamic versatility with musical genres and styles, Mélanie Léonard is increasingly sought after as a guest conductor. She served as Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s Resident Conductor from 2009 to 2012 and as Associate Conductor for the 2012-2013 season. A Montréal native, Ms. Léonard illustrates […]

Lenora Cox Leggatt, violin

Lenora Cox Leggatt, violin

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Originally from Rochester, New York, violinist Lenora Cox Leggatt began studying at age 7 and made her solo debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at age 16. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music studying with Catherine Tait and Zvi Zeitlin, and Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music with Donald Weilerstein.

Laurie Matiation, horn

Laurie Matiation, horn

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Originally from Brandon, Manitoba, Laurie is currently Third Horn with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. She began her professional career in 1978 as second horn of the Atlantic Symphony, and has been a member of the CPO since 1983.

Adam Zinatelli, trumpet

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One of Canada’s most prominent trumpet players, Adam Zinatelli is Principal Trumpet of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and is a founding member of the Reveille Trumpet Collective, a group dedicated to commissioning and performing new music.

Michael Hope, bassoon

Michael Hope, bassoon & vocals

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Michael Hope is an award-winning vocalist and musician who loves to perform for the simple joy of making people happy. He has just completed his 32nd season as the 2nd bassoonist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and is one of Canada’s most respected artists through his musicianship and his dedication to the musical life of the community.

Patrick Staples, bass

Patrick Staples, bass

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A three-time national finalist in the Canadian Music Competition, Patrick holds a Bachelor’s degree in music performance from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles and a Master’s degree from Rice University in Houston.

Jean Landa, Obo

Jean Landa, oboe

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Jean Landa has held the position of Principal Oboe with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since 1977. His solo performances include several appearances with the CPO, the Alberta Chamber Players, and the Kensington Sinfonia, as well as a studio taping of the Vaughan Williams’ Oboe Concerto for the CBC.

Rafael Hoekman, cello

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Hailed by the Toronto Star as a “young musician with a bright future” and noted for his “spirited and fiery performances”, Rafael Hoekman is one of Canada’s most versatile artists, making his mark as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player.

Donovan Seidle, violin

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Donovan Seidle is a versatile musician – equally comfortable performing in the concertmaster chair or in the soloist spotlight as on the conductor’s podium of a scoring stage. Donovan’s performing career has included ventures into jazz, blues, fiddling, indie- and noise-rock amongst more typical orchestral, solo, pit, chamber music and recording session projects.

Chan Ka Nin

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Chan Ka Nin is a distinguished Canadian composer whose extensive repertoire draws on both East and West in its aesthetic outlook. Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of Toronto, he has written in most musical genres and received many national and international prizes, including two JUNO awards, the Jean A. Chalmers Award, the […]

Luciane Cardassi, piano

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Luciane Cardassi is a versatile pianist and creative artist. For 20 years she has been exploring the contemporary music world through collaboration and performance. Her resulting repertoire includes numerous premieres and close collaborations with composers, performers and other artists from around the world.

Flux Quartet

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The FLUX Quartet has performed to rave reviews in venues of all sorts, from Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and Kennedy Center, to influential art institutions such as EMPAC, The Kitchen, and the Walker Art Center, to international music festivals in Australia, Europe, and the Americas.

Land’s End Ensemble

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Land’s End Ensemble of Calgary (John Lowry, violin; Beth Root Sandvoss, cello and Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano) is dedicated to introducing audiences to new music by Canadian and International composers, and to performing landmark chamber works of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Alice Ho

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One of the most acclaimed composers writing in Canada today, Hong Kong-born Alice Ping Yee Ho has written in many musical genres and received numerous national and international awards, including the du Maurier Arts Ltd. Canadian Composers Competition, MACRO International Composition Competition, Boston Metro Opera International Competition, Martin Hunter’s Music Award, Luxembourg International Composition Prize […]

Meitar Ensemble

Meitar Ensemble

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Praised by the NY Times for their “excellence, poise and precision,” the Meitar Ensemble, founded in 2004 by artistic director Amit Dolberg, has established itself as a prominent array of virtuosos specializing in contemporary music.

Duo-Zéphyr

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Sophie and Jean-Michel Goury focus mainly on the realization and implementation of a solid catalogue of works, associating new and adapted repertoires based on the organically-inherent Gaubert-Boehm fingering system, presented in the form of workshops, lectures, master-classes and traditional or staged recitals.

Eve Egoyan

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Eve Egoyan is a concert pianist who specializes in the performance of new works. Her intense focus, command of the instrument, insightful interpretations, and unique programmes welcome audiences into unknown territory, bridging the gap between them and contemporary composers.

Paramirabo

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Ensemble Paramirabo is a group of five versatile and innovative musicians who strive to bring new life to the performance of art music by presenting creative programming that embraces collaborations with other artists and stretches the boundaries of the traditional concert experience.

The Rubbing Stone Ensemble

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Calgary-based Rubbing Stone Ensemble is dedicated to the highest artistic standards of new music performance. With a special focus on commissioning new works and featuring local musicians and composers, Rubbing Stone Ensemble strives to nurture the musical environment that surrounds it. Variable instrumentation allows the ensemble to create boundless contemporary music experiences, and a sense of bold exploration underlies each new performance venture.

2014-2015 Season

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The 2014-2015 New Works Calgary season, Resounding the Sonorous Canvas, will comprise six main concert events and a major new festival for the Calgary public.

New Works Calgary Gala Marathon 30th Anniversary Event

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May 3, 2014 – Festival Hall 11:00 am Rubbing Stone Ensemble Imaginary Garden II – Hope Lee (world premiere) Jeremy Brown – saxophone, Gianetta Baril – harp Rocky View Suzuki Violin School Ensemble Kristin Flores – director Adagio for Strings – Samuel Barber (arranged by Jamin Hoffman) Encounters “One” – Allan Gordon Bell In the […]

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Robert Dick, Flute

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With equally deep roots in classical music old and new and in free improvisation and new jazz, Robert Dick has established himself as an artist who has not only mastered, but redefined the flute. Known worldwide for creating revolutionary visions of the flute’s musical role, listening to Robert Dick play solo has been likened to […]

Flute Masterclass with Robert Dick

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As part of the New Works Calgary 30th Birthday celebration, world-renowned contemporary flautist Robert Dick from New York will give a flute masterclass. All guests are welcome! Thursday, May 1 7:00 – 9:30 pm Jenkins Theatre Mount Royal University Robert Dick bio

Luca Francesconi

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Luca Francesconi is an Italian composer. Born in 1956, he studied piano at the Conservatory of Milan and composition with Azio Corghi, Karlheinz Stockhausen (in Rome) and Luciano Berio (at Tanglewood). He also attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston studying jazz.

Miquel Azguime

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Miguel Azguime was born in 1960 in Lisbon. Distinguished for originality and diversity, his musical world reflects an approach that relies on his multifaceted capabilities as composer, performer and poet. This threefold activity closely reflects an almost mystical vision of music and art. Miguel Azguime studied at the Academia de Amadores de Música (1966-76), while […]

 
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