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from National
on May 10, 2019

"There are things you expect to hear from a classical-music composer like Andrew Balfour: that he grew up singing in a church choir. That he began playing an instrument at an early age – in his case, trumpet. That while other kids were grinding out guitar licks, miming Bruce Springsteen or David Bowie (he grew up...

from National
on May 10, 2019

The deadline to apply for the Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music is June 1, 2019! This annual prize encourages Canadian professional composers to create avant-garde chamber music and to foster its performance by Canadian chamber groups. Consult the guidelines on their website.

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from National
on May 9, 2019

"Eve Egoyan is an internationally acclaimed concert pianist based in Toronto. She has released a dozen discs and toured worldwide. Eve’s curiosity compels her to reinvent the piano for herself and her audiences, to curate exceptional programmes and to commission new works by like-minded artists and composers.

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from National
on May 9, 2019

"World-renowned flutist, composer and conductor Robert Aitken has been artistic director of New Music Concerts, Toronto's senior contemporary music organization, since its inception in 1971. His many accolades include the Order of Canada, the National Flute Association's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Walter...

from National
on May 8, 2019

“Turning Point Ensemble will be presenting Sounds Unheard, a concert of music by Farangis Nurulla-Khoja, on May 11 and 12. I was fortunate to speak with the composer, and we had a chance to discuss the collaboration with TPE, her compositional process, and the inspirations behind the two pieces that will be...

from National
on May 3, 2019

Every year, the Friends of Canadian Music Award honours those who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment, on a national scale, to Canadian composers and their music. The Canadian Music Centre (CMC) and the...

from National
on May 2, 2019

"The view from composer Brian Current’s workspace is, well, limited. “I’ve got the laundry right next to me, so it’s really glamorous,” he says of his current working conditions, on the line from his Toronto basement. And yet these tight quarters have just produced an extraordinarily expansive work of choral music...

from National
on May 1, 2019

Congratulations to all five nominated CMC Associate Composers: Allan Gordon Bell, Carmen Braden, Farshid Samandari, Laurie Radford, and Owen Underhill!

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from National
on May 1, 2019

"I remember the first time I heard Ana Sokolović’s music: I was in Paris, participating as CBC Radio’s delegate at the International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) in 1996. My Radio-Canada colleague, Laurent Major, had chosen to present a work for violin duo, Ambient V, composed in 1995 by Montreal composer Sokolović (...

from National
on April 30, 2019

“The McGill Chamber Orchestra (MCO), which was founded 80 years ago by Alexander Brott, is entering its anniversary season with a new name and a more secure future.

One of Canada’s oldest musical ensembles is now called the Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM). The name change is intended to reflect the...