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Region: Ontario
Ivan Barney - Pianist, Accompanist, and Conductor

Organization: United Church of Canada, Canadian Music Centre
I Play: Piano, Organ, Synthesizer

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Canadian born, Ivan Barney grew up on both sides of the ‘border’ – in the Vancouver, BC and Portland, Oregon areas. He began his piano studies by the age of four and, over the course of his training, he has learned and studied Suzuki ear training, Royal Conservatory, standard classical repertoire, and hymn playing/praise & worship songs for church. His Mom was his first piano teacher and the first soloist he ever accompanied – at the age of ten.

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Call for Nominations Friends of Canadian Music Award 2019

May 3, 2019
National

Every year, the Friends of Canadian Music Award honours those who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment, on a national scale, to Canadian composers and their music. The Canadian Music Centre (CMC) and the Canadian League of Composers (CLC) jointly administer and present this award. The Friends of Canadian Music Award is in the amount of $2000.






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Region: Ontario
Benjamin Sajo

Profile Type: Educator
I Play: Trumpet

Biography:

Benjamin Sajo (b. 1988) is a Canadian composer of contemporary classical music. He is also a music teacher. Both careers compliment and influence the other: creating music that endeavors to both sensually and intellectually engage an audience and a utilizing a creativity-centric pedagogy with his students.

Receiving his Masters from McGill University (2013) and a Bachelors of Music from Western University (2010), he has studied under Brian Cherney, Chris Paul Harman, John Rea, Jan Jarczyk, Paul Frehner, David Myska, Peter Paul Koprowski, and a lifelong tutelage under Wayne Irschick.

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Vancouver Bach Choir glides on Brian Current’s River of Light

May 2, 2019
National

"The view from composer Brian Current’s workspace is, well, limited. “I’ve got the laundry right next to me, so it’s really glamorous,” he says of his current working conditions, on the line from his Toronto basement. And yet these tight quarters have just produced an extraordinarily expansive work of choral music, The River of Light, which will be premiered by the Vancouver Bach Choir this Friday, as part of the Vancouver Opera Festival..."

Related Composers: Brian Current





Congrats to the 2019 Western Canadian Music Awards Classical Composer of the Year nominees!

May 1, 2019
National

Congratulations to all five nominated CMC Associate Composers: Allan Gordon Bell, Carmen Braden, Farshid Samandari, Laurie Radford, and Owen Underhill!

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Ana Sokolović: Evta Comes to Town

May 1, 2019
National

"I remember the first time I heard Ana Sokolović’s music: I was in Paris, participating as CBC Radio’s delegate at the International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) in 1996. My Radio-Canada colleague, Laurent Major, had chosen to present a work for violin duo, Ambient V, composed in 1995 by Montreal composer Sokolović (b. 1968) who had come to Canada from her native Serbia in 1992. I recall thinking that this was a distinctly fresh musical voice. There were elements of Serbian folk music, minimalism, as well as choreographed movement by the two players.

Related Composers: Ana Sokolovic





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Region: Québec
Lorraine Pitre

I Play: Clarinet

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At 80, Brott’s orchestra begins new life

April 30, 2019
National

“The McGill Chamber Orchestra (MCO), which was founded 80 years ago by Alexander Brott, is entering its anniversary season with a new name and a more secure future.

One of Canada’s oldest musical ensembles is now called the Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM). The name change is intended to reflect the fact that it has not been formally associated with McGill University for a long time, as well as the broader repertoire that it performs at various venues, often in collaboration with other arts organizations…”

Related Composers: Alexander Brott





The Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition is pleased to announce that Bryn Blackwood is the first prize winner of the 42nd Competition

April 23, 2019
National

The Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition is pleased to announce that Bryn Blackwood is the first prize winner of the 42nd Competition. Jana Luksts won the 2nd prize, and Nicole Linaksita won the 3rd prize. The remaining finalists in alphabetical order are Edward Enman, Jesse Plessis, and Megan Thibeault.

Click here to view the press release for more details.