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Michael Vincent: Biography

Michael Vincent
1976 -
Region: Ontario

Michael Vincent

Michael Vincent completed his masters in composition and interdisciplinary studies at Simon Fraser University where he studied with Barry Truax, David MacIntyre, and Owen Underhill. Previous composition teachers include Kevin Austin, Rosemary Mountain, Ian Chuprun, Roddy Ellias, as well as individual lessons with Roberto Sierra, Gary Kulesha, R. Murray Shaffer, Tim Brady, and Jean Claude Risset. Recipient of the Allan Award in Electroacoustic composition, he also received service awards for his work “Just Barely” with the Off Centre Dance company and choreographer Jennifer Mascall. Michael is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre, the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC), Canadian New Music Network, and the Vancouver Pro Musica.

As a mixed electroacoustic and instrumental composer, Michael’s works have been performed by Orchestre de la Francophonie canadienne, the Orchid Ensemble, Ensemble Symposium, Quatuor Bozzini, Clemens Merkel and Isabelle Bozzini, BradyWorks, Wire Ensemble, Barbara Adler, Brendan McLeod, RC Weslowski, Colin MacDonald and others. His works have been broadcast internationally and nationally on CBC Radio Two as well as various other radio programmes.

In addition, his first electroacoustic work (Essence – 2002) was included in the refereed electroacoustic compilation album DisContact III (2003), presented by the renowned Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC). In 2002, Michael released his full-length classical guitar album (Patati Patata - 2002), which reached No.1 on the Canadian mp3 music charts for classical music in Canada. In 2006, he contributed a new work (Little Museum- 2006) for the award winning spoken word artist Barbara Adler's recording Flusterblush.

In 2006, Michael premiered his first opera Generation X (libretto adapted from a novel by Douglas Coupland) at the Burnaby Theatre in Vancouver British Columbia. During the same year, he premiered a series of speech melody works at the international PuSh Festival at the historic Western Front. In 2007, Michael was commissioned to compose the opening and closing movements of Triaspora - a multimedia production featuring the Juno nominated Orchid Ensemble and Moving Dragon Dance, which premiered at the Vancouver Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
Most recently, Michael was honoured to participate in the 2008 NAC composers programme at the Sumer Music Institute in Ottawa.

Besides composing, Michael is also a writer and music news editor for Canada’s largest classical music magazine La Scena Musicale, and is active as a freelance classical guitarist. Michael is also a contributor to Playing with Words, a book centered on the creative use of spoken word in music composition (CRISP Fall 2009).

Michael is currently working towards his doctorate in music composition at the University of Toronto under the guidance of the Juno award winning composer Christos Hatzis.

2008