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Nova Pon: Biography

Nova Pon
1983 -
Region: British Columbia

Nova Pon

Nova Pon (b. 1983) is a music composer based in western Canada. She has composed in major cities, a small island community, and an isolated forested acreage, in genres ranging from orchestral, chamber music, wind band, and choral works, to collaborations with film and dance, to educational and amateur music making. She enjoys embracing the unique challenges of each project as inspiration for new approaches to meaningful expression.

Nova grew up playing piano and synthesizers in a self-taught way, and composed her first piece at age 10. At age 11, she began playing the flute, and developed a love for chamber music at a young age. Being also drawn early on to creativity and beauty in fields ranging from art, philosophy, literature, and architecture Nova strives to maintain a childlike sense of playfulness and discovery, and seek the underlying truths which connect great human endeavors.

Her education includes her undergraduate music composition degree from the University of Calgary and graduate studies at University of British Columbia, and many workshops including film scoring studies at New York NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop. Her music has been performed on four continents, by performers such as Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Kensington Sinfonia, Ensemble Resonance, Rubbing Stone Ensemble, Ensemble Paramirabo, and Erato Ensemble, and has been published by Frederick Harris, and recently recorded on an album available from Naxos Music Library. Nova is also a freelance flutist, and has taught flute and music theory for almost fifteen years.