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Bruce Carlson: Biography

Bruce Carlson
1944 -
Region: Prairie

Bruce Carlson

Bruce Carlson (b. 1944, Toronto) married to Carole Cornier, father of four children, studied theory and harmony initially in Toronto with Captain W.T. Atkins, conductor of the Queen's Own Rifles Band and composition in Winnipeg with Dr. Robert Turner. He graduated from the University of Waterloo (B.A., 1967), University of Toronto (Teaching Certificate, 1969), and the University of Manitoba (Music, 1974).

Through the Manitoba Arts Council, since 1975, he has received 15 commissions to write for the Music Inter Alia and Aurora Musicale concert series, the University of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, various professional and amateur choirs and professional musicians. His works have been broadcast frequently over the CBC on programmes such as "Two New Hours", "Music West" and "Arts Encounters". Performances have been given by the Festival Quartet of Canada, The Winnipeg Brass, The Winnipeg Singers, the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, the Purcell String Quartet, numerous amateur and professional choirs and various professional chamber ensembles. His Chronlyricles I for flute and lute opened a petroglyph display at the Museum of Man and Nature in Winnipeg in 1981. Numerous anthems published by his own company, Dox, have been performed throughout North America and Europe. He has been involved with three other composers in a new music concert series, IZMUSIC, which is a forum for performing their own music.

Various critics of the Winnipeg Free Press have described Carlson's music in the following manner: "... carries the listener from bar to bar with reassuring logic and artistry"; "an intense lyrical emotional experience"; "unpretentious, warm-hearted pieces"; "this delicately interwoven music proved graceful, inventive and engaging"; "a gifted and accomplished composer with a broad range."

He was awarded a major arts grant in 1981 and a short term grant in 1988 by the Manitoba Arts Council. Presently, he is the supervisor of the School of Music library as well as a part-time lecturer at the School of Music, the University of Manitoba.

CAPAC, Canadian League of Composers, Manitoba Composers Association


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