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Larry Lake: Biography

Larry Lake
1943 - 2013
Region: Ontario

Larry Lake

LARRY LAKE was born in Pennsylvania of Mennonite and Newfoundland stock. He was raised in Georgia and Florida and came to maturity in Ontario.

His early studies were at Florida State University. He obtained three degrees (B.Mus., M.Mus., M.Ed.) from the University of Miami. His postgraduate study was at the Southern Illinois University (composition) and at the University of Toronto (composition and musicology). Doctoral work at the University of Toronto was abandoned for gainful employment with the CBC.

Larry Lake has served as executive producer of MusicScope, Themes and Variations and Music Alive for CBC Radio. He has been a national trainer of radio personnel. Since 1977, he has been music consultant for the CBC's national new music series Two New Hours. He has produced recordings for ten labels, and his work has been nominated three times for the Juno, Canada's highest recording honour.

He has performed in eleven countries in Europe and North America. Mr. Lake has been a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. He has been featured with ACREQ, Arraymusic, Canadian Electronic Ensemble, Espace Musique, Music Inter Alia, Nova Music, Vancouver New Music. He has appeared more than 80 times on CBC Radio and Television as chamber musician and soloist.

His works have represented Canada at the International Rostrum of Composers and the World Music Days of the International Society for Contemporary Music. His music has been recorded on seven labels and has been performed and broadcast in more than thirty countries. He is a founding member and artistic director of the Canadian Electronic Ensemble. Larry Lake was a member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto and as head of the club's music committee curated a number of musical events that featured Canadian compositions. He passed away after a long illness in September 2013.

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