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James O'Callaghan: Biography

James O'Callaghan
1988 -
Region: Québec

James O'Callaghan

James O’Callaghan (b. 1988) is a composer and sound artist based in Montréal praised for his “mastery of materials and musical form” (Electromania, Radio France) and “[impressive] virtuosity in fusing genres” (SilenceAndSound). His music intersects acoustic and electroacoustic media, employing field recordings, amplified found objects, computer-assisted transcription of environmental sounds, and unique performance conditions.

His work, spanning chamber, orchestral, live electronic and acousmatic idioms, audio installations, and site-specific performances, has been variously commissioned by the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (INA-GRM), the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Ensemble Paramirabo, Quasar quatuor de saxophones, and Standing Wave, among others.
He is the recipient of the 2015 Robert Fleming Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, and has won first prizes in the Jeu de Temps - Times Play Awards (2014), Musicworks’ electronic music competition (2015), the Salvatore Martirano Award (2016), and the SOCAN Foundation Awards, including the John Weinzweig Grand Prize in 2014. He was nominated for a Gaudeamus Award (2016), JUNO Award for Classical Composition of the Year (2014), and was a finalist in KLANG! Acousmonium (2015) and the Prix collégien de musique contemporaine (2016).
Originally from Vancouver, he received a Master of Music degree in composition from McGill University in 2014, studying with Philippe Leroux, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts honours degree from Simon Fraser University in 2011, studying with Barry Truax, David MacIntyre, Rodney Sharman and Arne Eigenfeldt.

Composer photo by Michael Slobodian

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