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TD Composer of the Month: R. Murray Schafer

Canadian R. Murray Schafer (C.C.) has achieved an international reputation as a composer, educator, environmentalist, scholar, and visual artist. He was born in Sarnia, Ontario and raised in Toronto. A highly prolific composer, R. Murray Schafer has produced works ranging from opera to chamber and orchestral music, along with pieces for choir and soloists. His…  Read More

Q and A with Composer Riho Esko Maimets

On February 2, Riho Esko Maimets returns home for the premiere of his newest work Three Prayers from the Holy Rosary with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Born here in Toronto, Maimets began composing in high school and later studied composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn. He returned to Toronto…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for January: Omar Daniel

Omar Daniel is a Toronto-based composer creating work for solo voice, electronics, and orchestra. Currently an Associate Professor of composition at Western University in London, Ontario, Daniel has received multiple accolades for his work including the Jules Léger Award for New Chamber Music and K.M. Hunter Arts Award. His work has been performed internationally with…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for November: Gabriel Dharmoo

Gabriel Dharmoo started composing when he was just a kid; “One thing led to another,” he explained via email. “Making up simple pieces on the cello as a child, writing songs in my teens, then more experimental approaches to sound during my undergrad and onward.” Dharmoo’s work has been performed internationally, receiving the 2011 Fernand-Lindsay…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for September: Toru Takemitsu

Toru Takemitsu’s (1930 – 1996) compositional idiom preserves national identity, building awareness of Japanese music and tradition through his remarkably original synthesis. His distinct sound transcends musical borders using both Western and Japanese instruments in varying combinations.  Born in Tokyo, Japan on October 8, 1930, Takemitsu decided to pursue a career in composition at the…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for August: Harry Somers

Born in Toronto in 1925, Harry Somers is considered by many one of the most influential and innovative Canadian composers of the past century. He was a founding member of the Canadian League of Composers (CLC) and in 1971 was named a Companion of the Order of Canada. Somers charming demeanour, rather dashing good-looks, and genuine talent earned him the…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for July: Fuhong SHI

A native of Sengyang, China, Fuhong SHI (史付红) is an active composer and curator of musical activities whose compositions have been performed in the USA, Canada, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Europe and Southeast Asia. Fuhong earned a doctorate in composition from the University of Toronto in 2009, and is currently Associate Professor of the…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for June: André Ristic

Canadian composer André Ristic, who performs both as a pianist and an accordion player, is also a music theorist whose interests include the mathematical representation of sound and programming models, as well as the musical applications of signal theory and the analytical study of musical manuscripts.   André Ristic has received commissions from the Ensemble…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for May: Emilie Lebel

Bio Canadian composer Emilie Cecilia LeBel is active in the music community in various capacities: composing, teaching, curating, and organizing.  Described as having a “deft compositional hand, unwilling to hurry ideas”, and “impressively subtle and sensuous”, Emilie’s artistic practice is currently concerned with connections between visual and sonic worlds that engage with notions of memory,…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for April: Peter Hatch

Bio Toronto-born composer, concert organizer and teacher Peter Hatch works in a large number of genres, from orchestral and chamber music to instrumental theatre, electroacoustic and installations. Hatch’s compositions tend to be scored for smaller ensembles and solo performers. His output reflects his interests in the psychological aspects of time and rhythm, evidenced in his…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for March: Steve Reich

Our TD Composer of the Month for March is Steve Reich. Biography Steve Reich has been called  “our greatest living composer” (The New York Times), “America’s greatest living composer.” (The Village VOICE), “…the most original musical thinker of our time” (The New Yorker) and as being “among the great composers of the century” (The New York Times)….  Read More

Q&A with composer James Rolfe

Toronto composer James Rolfe (b. Ottawa, 1961) has been commissioned and performed by ensembles, orchestras, choirs, and opera companies in Canada, the USA, Europe, and New Zealand. His work has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship (2000), the K. M. Hunter Music Award (2003), the Louis Applebaum Composers Award (2005), the Jules Léger Prize for…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for February: James MacMillan

Our TD Composer of the Month of February is Scottish conductor and composer, Sir James MacMillan. Biography James MacMillan is the pre-eminent Scottish composer of his generation. He first attracted attention with the acclaimed BBC Proms premiere of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie (1990). His percussion concerto Veni, Veni Emmanuel (1992) has received close to 500 performances worldwide…  Read More

Q&A with composer Anna Pidgorna

Canadian Anna Pidgorna is a composer, artist and vocalist, who combines everything from traditional music making, to visual arts, to writing, to carpentry in her multimedia practice. She was part of the first Soundstreams Emerging Composer Workshop in 2013, and is marking her first Soundstreams main-stage commission with her piece On the Courtship Displays of…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month of January: Chris Paul Harman

Our TD Composer of the Month for January is Canadian Chris Paul Harman. Biography from SoundMakers b. 1970, Toronto Chris Paul Harman was born in Toronto, where he studied classical guitar, cello and electronic music with Barton Wigg, Alan Stellings and Wes Wraggett, respectively. His works have been commissioned by the Nieuw Ensemble of Amsterdam…  Read More

Artist Q&A with Gabriel Dharmoo

We’re excitedly preparing for the premiere of Electric Messiah on December 7 and 8, at our new venue, The Drake Underground. In honour of this new show, and what we hope will become a new holiday tradition, we chatted with Gabriel Dharmoo, one of the artists who will perform in Electric Messiah. Gabriel studied composition…  Read More

Q&A with 2016 TD SoundMakers Composer in Residence Emilie LeBel

Canadian composer Emilie LeBel is a frequent collaborator with Soundstreams, and we are excited to announce that she is our 2016 TD SoundMakers Composer in Residence! In her new role with us, Emilie will be composing a work for community choirs in collaboration with Jumblies Theatre.  Emilie is active in the music community in various capacities: composing,…  Read More

Q&A with composer Analia Llugdar

Composer Analia Llugdar was born in Argentina, where she originally studied composition, before earning both her Master of Music and Doctor of Music in composition from University of Montréal. Her work is characterized by a concise investigation of musical textures used deliberately to create an artistic commentary on the state of the world. This can be…  Read More