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Christopher Kovarik: Biography

Christopher Kovarik
1970 -
Region: British Columbia

Christopher Kovarik

Chris Kovarik is a Vancouver-based composer, originally hailing from Windsor, Ontario. Chris writes in a multitude of genres, and has received commissions and performances from various Canadian musical ensembles and institutions. He holds degrees from the University of Windsor and the University of British Columbia; his teachers have included Paul McIntyre and Stephen Chatman.

In 1993 the Windsor Symphony commissioned Chris to write Sketches, a mini-symphony for the Windsor Canadian Music Festival. The Windsor Symphony would commission Chris to write two more orchestral works, Morning Commute (1997) — which would subsequently be performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 1999 — and Sinfonietta (2001), which was premiered at the Windsor Canadian Music Festival 2002.

Lately Chris has focused on chamber music, which has been performed by a variety of Canadian and international ensembles. His chamber works have been commissioned, workshopped and performed by groups as diverse as the Arditti String Quartet, the Ad Mare Wind Quintet, the Tempest Flute Ensemble, the Turning Point Ensemble and the Comeaux High School Band in Lafayette, Louisiana. His Hymn Preludes have been performed across and North America by organist David Palmer, while his growing interest in choral music has resulted in performances by several choral ensembles, including Vancouver Men’s Chorus, University of Windsor Chamber Choir, Chanterie and the choirs of St. Andrew’s-Wesley United and St. Anne’s Anglican.

Chris has enjoyed a wide and varied musical tuition, encompassing band, orchestra, jazz band, choir and early music, in addition to more focused study on the piano and organ. In addition to composing, he is active in the Vancouver music scene as a singer, organist, and choral director. His works are published by Flying Buttress Music.

March 2008


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