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Tobin Stokes: Biography

Tobin Stokes
1966 -
Region: British Columbia

Tobin Stokes

Canadian composer Tobin Stokes writes opera, concert music, music for theatre, and he scores television and film.

His opera, Pauline, was a collaboration with Canadian author Margaret Atwood, premiering with City Opera Vancouver in 2014. His opera, Fallujah, was a collaboration with American/Iraqi playwright Heather Raffo. Fallujah premiered with Long Beach Opera and New York City Opera in 2016.

Tobin has scored dozens of films. For the Wild Canadian Year wildlife documentary film series, he recorded the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Tobin's choral music is performed around the world, and his first three symphonies, one piano concerto, two cantatas, two additional operas, and many other works, have been commissioned and premiered in Canada. His orchestral music has been recorded in Moscow and Bratislava. He is a former composer in residence with the EU's Urban Youth Choir Festival, the International Choral Kathaumixw, the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy, and the Victoria Symphony (Canada). His music opened and closed the XV Commonwealth Games and has been performed in private for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

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