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Linda Catlin Smith: Biography

Linda Catlin Smith
1957 -
Region: Ontario

Linda Catlin Smith

Linda Catlin Smith was born in New York in 1957, and currently lives in Toronto.  She studied composition and theory  with Allen Shawn in NY, and with Rudolf Komorous, Martin Bartlett, John Celona, Michael Longton and Jo Kondo at the University of Victoria in British Columbia; and attended lectures of Morton Feldman, by invitation, in Buffalo, NY.  She studied piano with Nurit Tilles and Gilbert Kalish at SUNY/Stony Brook, and with Kathleen Solose in Victoria, where she also studied harpsichord with Erich Schwandt. 

"sensuous, in an understated way"   The Globe and Mail, Toronto, 1993

"beautiful sonorities"   The Globe and Mail, Toronto, 1989

Her works have been performed by many ensembles and soloists including: Eve Egoyan, Anthony de Mare, Colin Tilney, Sabat/Clarke Duo, Arraymusic, Vancouver New Music, CBC Vancouver Orchestra,  Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Penderecki Quartet,  the Modern Quartet, the Banff Centre for the Arts and Les Coucous Bénévoles, as well as by ensembles and soloists abroad and in the US. 

Her works have been recorded by: Arraymusic, Eve Egoyan, Barbara Pritchard,  Les Coucous Bénévoles, and the Penderecki Quartet, most of these available on the Artifact Music label.  Memory Forms, a recording devoted to her work, was released in October of 2001.  Her lecture "Composing Identity: What is a Woman Composer?" is published in Descant Magazine (#107) and Musicworks (#80).

Many of her compositions have been supported by commissions through: the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the Toronto Arts Council; and the Laidlaw Foundation.  In addition, she was awarded two year-long grants from the Canada Council;   and in 1997, she was awarded the prestigious Hunter Foundation Award for individual artists.  She has created several of her works in residency at the Leighton Studios of the Banff Centre for the Arts. 

In addition to her work as an independent composer, she was Artistic Director of Arraymusic, one of Toronto's major contemporary music ensembles, from 1988 to 1993.  Since 1992, she has been a member of the multidisciplinary performance collective, URGE.  She has taught composition both privately and in university settings.  Tapestry New Opera commissioned her opera, Facing South, (libretto by Don Hannah) for production in spring 2003.

"  I am more than ever interested in making music based in subtlety, ambiguity, fragility and colour.  I tend to work in what I think of as expansive, or expanded, time.   I want to make time larger than it is,  as though the listener is examining something up close,  closer than a usual perspective... an intimate perspective." - Linda Catlin Smith


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