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Keith Hamel: Biography

Keith Hamel
1956 -
Region: British Columbia

Keith Hamel

Keith Hamel is known both as a composer and a music software developer.  He studied music at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto and Queen's University in Canada, and pursued graduate studies at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA. He holds a Ph.D. in Music from Harvard University. Hamel has written both acoustic and electroacoustic music and has been awarded many prizes in both media. His works have been performed by many of the finest soloists and ensembles both in Canada and abroad. He has received commissions from IRCAM (Paris), the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris), Vancouver New Music Ensemble, the Elektra Women's Choir, musica intima, Hammerhead Consort, Standing Wave, as well as outstanding performers such as flutist Robert Cram, bassoonist Jesse Read, clarinetist Jean-Guy Boisvert, saxophonist Julia Nolan, and pianist Douglas Finch. As a specialist in computer applications to music, many of his recent compositions focus on interaction between live performers and computer-controlled electronics.

As a software developer, Hamel is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on music notation software. He is author of the NoteWriter and NoteAbilityPro music notation programs which are widely used for professional music engraving and publishing.

Keith Hamel is the President of the Canadian Music Centre, an Executive of International Society of Contemporary Music, and a member of the Canadian League Of Composers, the Canadian Electroacoustic Community and the International Computer Music Association. He has been a professor of composition and Director of the Computer Music Studio at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver since 1987. His music is published by Editions Musicales Europènnes (Paris) and Cypress Press (Vancouver).

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