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Cecilia Livingston: Biography

Cecilia Livingston
1984 -
Region: Ontario

Cecilia Livingston

With music described as “haunting” and “eerily beautiful” (Tapestry Opera), British-Canadian composer Cecilia Livingston specializes in music for voice. She is in residence at Glyndebourne (2019-21), where her work is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and builds on her 2015-17 Fellowship at American Opera Projects in New York, and she is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow in Music at King's College London.

Winner of the Canadian Music Centre’s 2018 Emerging Composer Award, the 2018 Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes for female opera creators in Canada, and a winner in the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, her music has been heard at Nuit Blanche, the 21C Music Festival, World Choir Games and with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She studied with Steve Reich at Bang On a Can’s Summer Music Festival and at Soundstreams’ Emerging Composer Workshop. Upcoming projects include new work for Glyndebourne, a full-length opera for Opera 5 and TorQ Percussion Quartet, new work for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and a song cycle created with Orange Prize winner and poet Anne Michaels.

She has published on contemporary opera in The Opera Quarterly, Cambridge Opera Journal, and Tempo, and has presented papers on the operas of George Benjamin at the Royal Musical Association and American Musicological Society annual conferences. She is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and a National Councillor of the Canadian League of Composers. She holds a doctorate in composition from the University of Toronto.


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