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Alan Torok: Biography

Alan Torok
1947 -
Region: Ontario

Alan Torok

Composer Alan Torok (BFA, M.Mus, B.Ed.) began his musical career in 1970 and has received wide recognition as a composer and classical guitarist. He has been a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, theatrical musician and musical lecturer in Canada, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania and the Netherlands. He has performed at the Toronto and Amsterdam International Guitar Festivals, Wigmore Hall, National Arts Centre, Glenn Gould Studio, and many other venues. He has also performed with some of Canada’s premiere classical musicians, including Robert Aitken, Nexus, Erica Goodman, Rivka Golani, Douglas Perry, Joe Macerollo and many others. He has been featured as a performer on CBC Radio on many occasions since 1975.

Torok’s compositional output includes works in almost every instrumental genre, as well as a great deal of pedagogical music. His guitar music has been performed in Canada, USA, South America and Europe, and is published both in Canadian and America. He has won many commissions and grants from the Canada Council, The Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Guitar Society of Toronto, and private individuals and corporations.

From 1986 to 1999 Torok was Professor of Guitar at the University of Western Ontario. Since 1999, he has taught music and visual art at Toronto’s Claude Watson Program for the Arts, where he is currently the Head of the Music Department. Here, he has also enjoyed increasing success as a teacher of composition. Important to this success has been the Gryphon Trio Project, which brings the famous piano trio into the classroom for annual readings of student compositions. The results have seen many performances by the Gryphon Trio of outstanding student works, including national broadcasts of two works for CBC Radio. Since September 2004, Soundstreams Canada has also presented Claude Watson student composers and performers as part of its Young Artist Overture program.

In 2000, two recordings of Torok’s guitar works Variations and Fugue on a Classical Theme and La Symmetrié Charmante were released in Germany and Canada respectively. In the summer of 2005 the London based chamber ensemble Triofus recorded his Sonata for clarinet, bassoon and pianoforte for release in 2006.

2005

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