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Henry Kucharzyk: Biography

Henry Kucharzyk
1953 -
Region: Ontario

Henry Kucharzyk

Henry Kucharzyk maintains an active career in the forefront of Canadian contemporary music as a composer, pianist and keyboard player, record producer, thereminist and conductor. His works reflect his interests in digital music as well as analog. spatial ised music and choreography, and unconventional instrumental forces.

Mr. Kucharzyk began his formal training as a composer at the University of Toronto with John Beckwith and John Weinzweig. He then received his Masters degree from the Yale School of Music, where Earle Brown, Jacob Druckman and Morton Subotnick were among his teachers, and also pursued studies in computer music at Stanford University with John Chowning and Leland Smith.

He has been called "one of Canadian music's explorers" and the over fifty works in his catalogue reflect the variety of his musical interests and include both conventional concert forces as well as unique instrumental and electronic combinations.

His commissions include : "PROSTHETIC (PART 3)" a concerto for generic MIDI soloist with the Toronto Symphony;
"SONG IN FIVE COLOURS"a percussion quintet for Nexus;
" MUSIC OF VEENA' a work that combines S.Indian veena and mrdangam with piano trio;
"TERROR & EREBUS" an oratorio based on the Franklin Expedition of 1848 ;
"FIGURE IN A LANDSCAPE" a ballet score commissioned and released on disc by the National Arts Centre Orchestra;
"PERSONAL HISTORY" a three-act electronic opera produced by the Banff Centre and featured on a live national broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation;
and "CORRAL" a concerto for violin with Silver Band. which was named best new concert work of 2000 by the Toronto Globe and Mail.

His long association with modern dance has led him to create 'choreographed' music works, where movement and sound are inextricably linked. These include "ROOM", "FLOCK" and "AQUAPELLA".

His international commissions include Piano Circus (UK) and Studio Grame (France), and his works have been presnted at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK) , the Athens Festival (Greece) , Musiques en Scene (Lyon, Fr.) , the Bourges Festival (Fr.) , the Banff Summer Festival , the Montreal Jazz Festival , Wien Modern (Aus.) and New Music America . As a conductor he has led orchestral performances of his own works at EXPO 86, the National Arts Centre Ottawa, Place des Arts Montreal and the Wolftrap Festival.

He has had a long association with ARRAYMUSIC the Toronto-based new music ensmble, first as Artistic Director for five years, and currently as its conductor.

He also performs on Theremin and keyboard in PHH!K,the ground-breaking electro-acoustic duo which features non-tactile controllers.

And he has released twenty-seven compact discs on Artifact Music, the label which he created in 1985.



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