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Moshe Denburg: Biography

Moshe Denburg
1949 -
Region: British Columbia

Moshe Denburg

Moshe Denburg, who hails from a well known Montreal Rabbinical family, came to the west coast in 1982. His musical career has spanned over 4 decades and his accomplishments encompass a wide range of musical activities, including Composition, Performance, Music Education, and Artistic Direction. He is the founder of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) and has been a driving force behind the ensemble’s many activities since its inception in the year 2001. He has studied music extensively, both formally and informally, and for the past 30 years has been engaged in exploring the musical resources of the non-Western world, creating music that challenges musicians of differing disciplines to work together across aural/written cultural divides, and to find a common musical aesthetic. He has traveled worldwide, living and studying in the United States, Israel, India and Japan.

From 1986 to 1990 he studied composition with John Celona at the University of Victoria. In addition to writing in a Jewish musical idiom, he has written a large number of works for a variety of instruments from non-Western cultures (East Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and more), which have been performed, recorded, and broadcast at festivals and on the radio both in Canada and abroad. He is the recipient of many Canada Council grants and commissions and his works have been performed, recorded, and broadcast all over the world.


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