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John Winiarz: Biography

John Winiarz
1952 -
Region: Québec

John Winiarz

Born in 1952 in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Montreal composer JOHN WINIARZ has created approximately 65 compositions for voice, instruments, and electroacoustic soundtracks. His music often incorporates materials derived from different cultures, styles and historical periods. His special interests are in the areas of microtonality, symbolic music, and directed improvisation.

A laureate of many competitions, including those of the CBC, SOCAN, the Gaudeamus Foundation (Netherlands) and the Greek Broadcasting Corporation, John Winiarz's music has been performed extensively in Canada, and at various concerts and festivals in France, Greece, Italy, Japan and U.S.A. In 1991, the Festival Música Nova (São Paulo, Brazil) invited him to be guest composer, and presented entire concerts of his music in four different cities. In Montreal he has produced many complete concerts of his music under the title "Winiarziana", which feature an eclectic collection of vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers, and an integrated use of technology.

John Winiarz's composition training includes undergraduate studies at the School of Music at the University of Manitoba with Robert Turner, electroacoustic music at the Toronto Conservatory with Ann Southam, and graduate studies at the Faculty of Music of McGill University with Alcides Lanza, John Rea, Bruce Mather and Bengt Hambræus. He also participated in the 1990 Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music in Germany and the 1993 Festival Synthèse de Bourges, France. Besides having many years of instruction in piano, he has studied guitar, oboe and organ.


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