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Elisha Denburg: Biography

Elisha Denburg
1982 -
Region: Ontario

Elisha Denburg

Elisha Denburg's music has been commissioned, premiered, recorded, and toured across Canada, and performed in the US. He has collaborated with artists such as Valerie Tryon, Arpatambora, junctQín keyboard collective, Windago Ensemble & Choir, TorQ Percussion Quartet, Tonus Vivus Society for New Music, Sneak Peek Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, and the Array Ensemble. His music has also been aired on the CBC Radio 2 program “The Signal” with Laurie Brown. His orchestral work, Prelude, was the winner of the UTSO Composition Competition, and was read by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2012, he participated in the Composers Program at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Recent projects include the completion of a one-act chamber opera, commissioned by Essential Opera (with librettist Maya Rabinovitch) titled Regina, about the first female rabbi, to be premiered in the spring of 2014. Commissions from the Halifax Camerata Singers (a result of having won their 2013 Composers’ Competition) and Thin Edge New Music Collective, featuring vocal ensemble GREX, round out the upcoming season.

Elisha serves as Co-Artistic Director of the Toy Piano Composers, a collective founded in 2008 by Monica Pearce and Chris Thornborrow, that is dedicated to the presentation of playful and engaging new music in Toronto and abroad. A graduate of the DMA program at the University of Toronto, Elisha’s major research project focused on the synagogue music of the late Canadian composer Srul Irving Glick, and was funded by the Joseph and Gisela Klinghofer Scholarship in Jewish Studies.


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