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Edward Top: Biography

Edward Top
1972 -
Region: British Columbia

Edward Top

Born in The Netherlands in 1972 Edward Top started playing the violin when he was eight. He studied violin at the Rotterdam Conservatoire where he graduated with honours studying composition with Peter-Jan Wagemans. He worked with composers Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, Peter Eötvös, and Klaas de Vries. Wolfgang Rihm, along with George Crumb, has been a major influence on his early work. After extensive travels in the Far East he settled in London, England, where he did a Master’s in musicology at King’s College London. He currently lives in Vancouver where he is the Composer-in-Residence with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Edward has won the following prizes: the 1999 Prize for Composition at the Rotterdam Conservatoire; the 2003 Salvatore Martirano Award at the University of Illinois (USA); the 2004 Henriette Bosmans Prize during the Dutch Music Days Festival; the 2006 Atahualpa Yupanqui International Prize of Composition in Buenos Aires (Argentina); the 2007 New Millennium Competition in Birmingham (U.K.); the 2008 Dutch Toonzetters Competition in the category of Six Players or Less. Top’s work has been performed by the Dutch Radio Philharmonic, Tokyo Sinfonietta, Ensemble NOISE at San Diego New Music, Netherlands Ballet Orchestra and Peter Rundel, Standing Wave Vancouver and the Formalist String Quartet in Los Angeles among others. He has received commissions of the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, Schoenberg Ensemble, Holland Symfonia, Calefax Reed Quintet, Vocal LAB Netherlands, and Doelen Ensemble. The Doelen String Quartet has recorded his two string quartets on CD.