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Edward Arteaga: Biography

Edward Arteaga
1950 -
Region: British Columbia

Edward Arteaga

Edward Arteaga has been an Associate Composer with the CMC since 1973. Recently, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under conductor Bramwell Tovey played the first movement of his 'Symphony No.1' as part of the Composer's reading series at Vancouver's Orpheum Theatre. In 2003, the Sonic Boom Festival and Kits Classics series presented his 'Trio' for Flute, Clarinet and Guitar. Also in that year, the CBC Orchestra under Owen Underhill played 'Serenade' for Flute, Harp and Strings. In 2002, musicians from the Victoria Symphony performed the first movement of his 'Piano Trio' as part of the Composer's reading series at the University of Victoria. Recent compositions include 'Piano Concerto No. 1' (2005) for Piano and Orchestra, 'Maria Concepcion' (2004) an opera in two Acts and 'Symphony No. 2' (2002) for Orchestra and Mixed Chorus.

Arteaga has written several works for Vancouver's widely respected exponent of new music for the guitar, Michael Strutt. Other Vancouver musicians that have performed his work are Johanna Hauser, (clarinet) and Rita and Victor Constanzi, (harp and violin).

Arteaga received a SOCAN recording subsidy for his 'Suite for Guitar' recorded by Michael Strutt. Other awards include first prize at the Okanagan Music Festival for Composers for his 'Symphony No. 1' and the Albert Guerrero Memorial Prize for 'Ventur'i for two pianos.

Edward Arteaga attended Boston University, graduating in 1972 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition (Honors). He attended Canada's first choreographic seminar at York University as a composer in 1978, and has had works commissioned and premiered by Toronto's ARRAY MUSIC and Vancouver's Paula Ross Dance Company.

Edward works as Lighting Designer/Technical Director for Uzume Taiko Ensemble and has collaborated with Paula Ross as musical and technical director for her dance company. Tours by these companies have given his music and lighting design national and international exposure.

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