Composer Biographies

Christopher Butterfield

Christopher Butterfield

Christopher Butterfield was born in Vancouver B.C. in 1952. He studied composition with Rudolf Komorous at the University of Victoria, and with Bülent Arel at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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Scott Edward Godin

Scott Edward Godin

Scott Edward Godin began his musical training on piano, completing a Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of Alberta with Helmut Brauss. By winning the Johann Strauss competition in 1993, Scott was able to study in Vienna, Austria with internationally renowned pianist Paul Badura-Skoda.

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Taylor Brook

Taylor Brook

Taylor Brook is a composer of concert music for large and small ensembles, both acoustically as well as using electronics and new technologies. Brook also writes music for video produced by visual artists, and music for theater and dance.

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Payton MacDonald

Payton MacDonald

Shawn Mativetsky is a highly sought-after tabla performer and educator. He is active in the promotion of the tabla and North Indian classical music through lectures, workshops, and performances across Canada and internationally.

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Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa was an American musician, activist and filmmaker. His work was characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity, and satire of American culture. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock,...

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Tawnie Olson

Tawnie Olson

Described 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.

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Pierre Andre Valade

Pierre Andre Valade

  Pierre-André Valade was born in Corrèze, France in 1959. In 1991, he co-founded the Paris- Pierre-André Valade was born in Corrèze, France in 1959. In 1991, he co-founded the Paris based Ensemble Court-Circuit of which he was Music Director for 16 years until 2008....

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Hans Tustchku

Hans Tustchku

Hans Tutschku (born 1966) is a German composer. He has been a member of the Ensemble for Intuitive Music Weimar since 1982. He studied composition of electronic music at the Hochschule für Musik "Carl Maria von Weber", Dresden and since 1989 has participated in...

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Keith Hamel

Keith Hamel

Dr. Keith Hamel is a Professor in the School of Music, an Associate Researcher at the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS), a Researcher at the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre(MAGIC) and Director of the Computer Music Studio...

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David Lang

David Lang

“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...

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