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Marjan Mozetich: Biography

Marjan Mozetich
1948 -
Region: Ontario

Marjan Mozetich

Winner of the SOCAN Jan V. Matejcek Concert Music Award, Marjan Mozetich is one of the most performed and broadcast Canadian composers of today. His music is beautiful, lush, and romantic. The music is in a postmodern perspective with touches of the driving minimal, the spiritual and the new age. Many of his works have been recorded on CBC Records, Centrediscs, BIS, Chandos, BRT Radio (Belgium). His music has been used by many dance companies, on several radio programs, movies, and even on the national airline. It is compellingly beautiful music that captivates the listener.

Major symphonic works have received performances by such leading ensembles as the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic, Symphony Nova Scotia, I Musici de Montreal, Amadeus Ensemble, National Youth Orchestra, Thirteen Strings of Ottawa, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony. Exponents of his chamber works have included The Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the St. Lawrence Quartet, Janina Fialkowska, Julliet Kang, Rivka Golani, Scott St. John, Robert Aitkin, Mosha Hammer, and Erica Goodman. Contemporary music ensembles such as New Music Concert, Vancouver New Music Society, the Winnipeg New Music Festival, Arraymusic have all presented his works.

Mr. Mozetich has written compulsory pieces for the 1992 Banff String Quartet Competition and the 1995 Montreal International Music Composition. In 1995 he was the featured composer on postmodern music at the Gent Conservatory Music Festival in Belgium. In 2002 he was the featured composer at the Regina Symphony New Music Festival.

Marjan Mozetich was born in Gorizia, Italy of Slovene parents. He began his musical training studying piano at the age of nine and received his piano performance degree in 1971 and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto in 1972. Subsequently he furthered his studies in Italy and England on several Canada Council Grants. In 1976 he received second prize at the Gaudeamus New Music Competition in Holland and was first prize winner of the CAPAC(SOCAN)-MacMillan Award in 1978. As a founder of ARRAY (now called ARRAYMUSIC) he was their co-artistic director from 1976 to 78. In 1983 the Music Gallery presented a retrospective concert of his works.

Since then he has maintained an independence as a freelance composer. From 1991 he has been teaching composition at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario where he currently resides.



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