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Canadian Composers Wijeratne and Nickel Honoured at the SOCAN Awards

Canadian Composers Wijeratne and Nickel Honoured at the SOCAN Awards

June 23, 2016

JUNE 23, 2016, TORONTO, ONCanadian Music Centre is pleased to share the news that two of its Associate Composer members were presented with awards at the 2016 SOCAN Awards on June 20 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto. Atlantic Region’s Dinuk Wijeratne was presented with the Jan V. Matejcek Award and Christopher Tyler Nickel from the BC Region received the 2016 SOCAN Award for Achievement in Made-for-Television Movie Music, for his score for the TV movie “Honor Student.” SOCAN will also recognize outstanding Francophone music creators and publishers at an awards gala in September 2016 at Métropolis, in the heart of Montreal.

Sri Lankan-born composer-conductor-pianist Dinuk Wijeratne has been described by the Toronto Star as “an artist who reflects a positive vision of our cultural future,” and by the New York Times as “exuberantly creative.” His JUNO Award and East Coast Music Award-winning work sees him equally at home in collaborations with symphony orchestras and string quartets, Tabla players and DJs, and takes him to international venues as poles apart as the Berlin Philharmonie and the North Sea Jazz Festival. Dinuk made his Carnegie Hall debut as a composer, conductor, and pianist, performing with Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Dinuk has also appeared at the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Opera Bastille, and across Sri Lanka, Japan, and the Middle East.

With his music being heard in over 160 countries, award-winning composer Christopher Tyler Nickel has made a name for himself as a successful writer of concert music, music for theatre, as well as film and television music. The Province Newspaper called Christopher’s music “engaging and compelling… music that deserves a wide audience!” and Screensounds in the UK wrote, “to say that this is beautiful music would be an understatement.” A graduate of the University of British Columbia School of Music with a degree in composition, Christopher studied with renowned Canadian composer Stephen Chatman. Upon graduation, he continued his studies in both New York and Los Angeles.

The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) is a not-for-profit organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of millions of Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 businesses and distributes royalties to its members and peer organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of Canadian music around the world in collaboration with other performance rights organisations.

Previous recipients of the Jan V. Matejcek Award
Vivian Fung (2015 – Montréal)
Jeffrey Ryan (2014 - Toronto)
Ana Sokolovic (2013 - Montréal)
Stephen Chatman (2012 - Toronto) | Ana Sokolovic (2012 - Montréal)
John Estacio (2011 - Toronto) | Gilles Tremblay (2011 - Montréal)
Stephen Chatman (2010 - Toronto) | Gilles Tremblay (2010 - Montréal)
James Rolfe (2009 - Toronto) | Jacques Hétu (2009 - Montréal)

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Allegra Swanson
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