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Adam Scime: Biography

Adam Scime
1982 -
Region: Ontario

Adam Scime

As a young composer and performer living in Toronto, Adam Scime has been praised as "…a fantastic success…" (CBC) and "Astounding, the musical result was remarkable" (icareifyoulisten.com). His work has received many awards including The Socan Young Composer's Competition, and The Karen Keiser Prize in Canadian Music and the Electro-Acoustic Composer's Competition hosted by acclaimed American pianist Keith Kirchoff. Recently, Adam's orchestral piece "Mirage" was selected as the winning composition in the Esprit Orchestra composition competition. "Mirage" was subsequently performed as part of Esprit's regular 2011/12 season and broadcast on CBC Radio. In November of 2012, Adam’s work was featured in the Emergents Concert Series, a series that showcases emerging artists from across Canada and is hosted by the Music Gallery. In early 2012, Adam (along with three other composers) wrote music for "Rob Ford An Operatic Life" an opera that attracted an audience of over 800 people, and was received with much critical praise. In March of 2011, New Music Concerts premiered Adam's new trio, "After the rioT," for a concert celebrating the music of the prominent late English composer Jonathan Harvey. New Music Concerts subsequently commissioned from Adam a piece for large ensemble and soprano that was premiered in the 2012/2013 season.

Adam has been selected for numerous workshops with renowned soloists and ensembles. Recently, Adam was selected for the Domaine Forget Composer’s program where The Nouvelle Ensemble Moderne premiered his new piece “Broken Images.” In 2013, Adam was selected for the Soundstreams Emerging Composer Workshop with the Gryphon Trio and R. Murray Schafer. Adam was selected for the Vocalypse Opera from Scratch workshop held by renowned soprano Janice Jackson and guest composer James Rolfe. Adam was also selected to participate as a fellow in the 2012 National Arts Centre composer training program in Ottawa. In the spring of 2011, Adam was selected by The Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop to write a piece for a concert commemorating the passing of Canadian composer Ann Southam. In 2010, Adam was selected to participate in the Chrysalis Composers Workshop with the Continuum Contemporary Ensemble, during which his piece “Fixity” was performed under the baton of Christopher Butterfield.

In addition to his activities as a composer, Adam also works frequently as a freelance double bassist specializing in new music. Interesting performances include Nuit Blance 2009 when Adam performed under music director Brian Current in James Tenney's installation, "In a large open space." In 2011, Adam performed in Juliet Palmer's massive theater creation "Like an Old Tale." Recently, Adam travelled with the Ontario Festival Orchestra to China for a tour of six cities. Adam was asked to perform as part of New Music Concert's "Composers Play" fundraiser. Adam also makes regular appearances performing with the Array Contemporary Ensemble and with New Music Concerts.


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