Composer Biographies

Linda Catlin Smith

Linda Catlin Smith

Linda Catlin Smith grew up in New York and lives in Toronto. Her music has been performed by Tafelmusik, Other Minds Festival, California Ear Unit, Kitchener-Waterloo and Vancouver Symphonies...
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Ofer Pelz

Ofer Pelz

Ofer Pelz was born in Haifa (Israel) and lives in Montreal. His music explores the concept he defines as "unstable repetition" - repetitive fragments which always vary from repetition to repetition, all the while trying to keep a perceivable tension.
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Stuart Saunders Smith

Stuart Saunders Smith

Stuart Saunders Smith is an American composer and percussionist. He was born in Portland Maine, and began his percussion and composition studies at the age of six with Charles Newcomb.
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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...

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