Gregory Lee Newsome

Gregory Lee Newsome
Region: Ontario
Gregory Lee Newsome


Gregory Lee Newsome (1969) is a Toronto composer whose music has been described as “beautifully wrought” and “an incredibly intricate and hypnotic web of sound, texture, and rhythm.” Drawing from spectralism, his music is rooted in structure but tempered by intuition, and often connected to an idea from literature, science, or visual art.

After receiving his Master of Music in Composition from University of British Columbia, he continued his studies with the late Russian-Canadian master Nikolai Korndorf before travelling to Paris to hone his artistic voice with the outstanding Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.

He has written music at the request of Ian Hampton, Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, Mark Takeshi McGregor, Phoenix Chamber Choir, Redshift Music Society, Standing Wave, Tiresias, Vancouver New Music Society, and Vancouver Pro Musica, and his music has been performed and broadcast in North America and Europe.

He has been a resident of the Leighton Artists' Colony at The Banff Centre (2012, 2014), and the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC) at University of British Columbia (2010).

His work Avarice has been recorded by flautist Mark Takeshi McGregor for release in 2013. In 2009, McGregor recorded coruscating on his album Different Stones: Canadian Music for Multiple Flutes, which was later nominated for 'Classical Recording of the Year' by the Western Canadian Music Awards.

Gregory Lee Newsome has been a committed advocate for contemporary music, serving as a director of Aventa Ensemble, The Music Gallery, and Vancouver New Music, as host of the radio programme "Are You Serious? Music," and as Artistic Advisor for ensemble1534. From 1998 to 2012, he was a staff member of the Canadian Music Centre, first in Vancouver and then in Toronto.

His current project is a commission from Victoria's Aventa Ensemble, for a nonet of three pianos, three harps, and three percussion. Following that is a commission from Daniel Cooper, for solo alto flute + electroacoustics for Mark Takeshi McGregor. Lastly, there is a commission from Arraymusic for a quintet of soprano, bass clarinet, percussion, violin, and contrabass.

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