Composer Biographies

Salvatore Sciarrino

Salvatore Sciarrino

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.

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Richard Barrett

Richard Barrett

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

Brian Ferneyhough

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.

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Lori Freedman, clarinet

Lori Freedman, clarinet

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

Simeon ten Holt

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.

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Harry Somers

Harry Somers

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.”

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Hope Lee

Hope Lee

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.

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Srul Irving Glick

Srul Irving Glick

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.

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Brian Cherney

Brian Cherney

Since 1960, Cherney has written more than ninety pieces, including orchestral music, concertos, chamber music and music for solo instruments.

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Norma Beecroft

Norma Beecroft

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.

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