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John Gordon Armstrong: Biography

John Gordon Armstrong
1952 -
Region: Ontario

John Gordon Armstrong

Born in Toronto, John Armstrong studied composition at the University of Toronto and the University of Michigan where he received his Doctorate in 1983. His teachers included Pulitzer Prize winners Leslie Bassett and William Bolcom, as well as the celebrated pedagogue Nadia Boulanger.

John won prizes in both the William St. Clair Lowe and Sir Ernest MacMillan competitions sponsored by the Composer's, Author's and Publisher's Association of Canada (now SOCAN) and has received grants and commissions from the Laidlaw Foundation, the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, Alberta Culture, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the City of Ottawa. Performed and broadcast throughout Canada, his music has also been played in Belgium, France, Great Britain, Korea, Norway and the United States. He is the author of a number of solo, chamber and orchestral pieces, many of which have received wide exposure. His music has been published by Alberta Keys Music Publishing (Calgary), New Art Music Editions (Winnipeg), Oceanna (Bobcaygeon), Cypress (Vancouver) and is also distributed by the Canadian Music Centre (Toronto). Although primarily a composer of concert music, he has also written for film, dance and theatre. He is well known in Ottawa for his 12 collaborations with Odyssey Theatre.

Having taught at a number of universities in Canada and the United States, John Armstrong is currently an Adjunct Professor of Composition and Theory at the University of Ottawa.

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