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Brent Lee: Biography

Brent Lee
1964 -
Region: Ontario

Brent Lee

Brent Lee (b. 1964, Wynyard, Saskatchewan) grew up in the Edmonton area, where he studied saxophone and guitar. He completed his Bachelor's (1986) and Master's (1990) degrees at McGill University. While still a student, he was awarded several composition prizes through CAPAC and SOCAN, as well as the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Festival. After extended residencies in the Netherlands, Bourges and at the Banff Centre, he settled in Calgary in 1990, where he taught at the Mount Royal College Conservatory, volunteered with New Works Calgary, and performed with the crossover ensembles Strictly Plutonic and Modus vivendi. In 1999 he completed a doctoral degree at the University of British Columbia, studying composition with Keith Hamel and orchestration with Nikolai Korndorf. After a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at UBC, he accepted a position at the University of Windsor in 2002. He served as composer-in-residence with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2006. In 2008 he co-founded the Noiseborder Ensemble, a group that specializes in multimedia performance. He has been an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre since 1991.

Brent Lee's compositions range from orchestral music to electroacoustic pieces, and include jazz and incidental music. He has received numerous commissions, largely through the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council. In addition to performances and broadcasts in many countries, several of his works have been commercially recorded. His compositions and improvisations often juxtapose acoustic instruments and electroacoustic sound, and reflect his interest in the exploration of musical colours and textures.


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