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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

David Eagle

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David Eagle composes chamber, orchestral and electroacoustic music, and in recent years, has explored computer applications in composition, improvisation, multimedia and sound spatialization. His latest kinetic music compositions use the movement of sound to fundamentally transform the listening experience. A Professor at the University of Calgary, he teaches composition and electroacoustic music, supervises projects in […]

Gyorgy Kurtag

György Kurtag

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György Kurtág was born in Lugoj in the Banat region, Romania. In 1946, he began his studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. He graduated in piano and chamber music in 1951 and received his degree in composition in 1955.

Paul Steenhuisen

Paul Steenhuisen

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Paul Steenhuisen (born 1965, Vancouver, Canada) is a composer working with a broad range of acoustic and digital media. His concert music consists of orchestral, chamber, solo, and vocal music, and often includes live electronics and soundfiles

John Corglinao

John Corigliano

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The American John Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last forty years.

Brian Current

Brian Current

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A graduate of McGill University in Montreal and U. C. Berkeley, Brian Current writes music that is brimming with energy – sometimes with the propulsive rhythms of so-called minimalist music, sometimes with a more delicate sense of flux, but almost always with a sense of motion and playfulness about the treatment of time and texture.

Sean Clarke

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Sean Clarke is an active performer and composer currently studying composition at the University of Calgary. After completing a Bachelor of Music at the University of Calgary Sean went on to complete a Master of Music in performance at the Royal Northern College of Music, England, with a minor in composition. While there he studied flute […]

Leslie Hinger

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 Leslie Hinger holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Calgary where she studied with Allan Bell, David Eagle, William Jordan and Hope Lee, and a Masters of Music from the University of British Columbia where she studied with Keith Hamel and Dorothy Chang. In recent years she has participated in masterclasses with John Rea, […]

R. Murray Schafer

R. Murray Schafer

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In addition to introducing the concept of soundscape, Schafer coined the term schizophonia in 1969, the splitting of a sound from its source or the condition caused by this split: “We have split the sound from the maker of the sound. Sounds have been torn from their natural sockets and given an amplified and independent existence.

 
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