Canada’s National Arts Centre engages three composers long-term

Posted on: December 2, 2009

In Tuesday’s (12/1) Ottawa Citizen (Ontario), Steven Mazey reports, “Three prominent Canadian composers will receive $75,000 each to create pieces for the National Arts Centre Orchestra over the next five years, the NAC announced Monday. Edmonton composer John Estacio [pictured]; London, Ont.-based Peter Paul Koprowski; and Montreal composer Ana Sokolovic are the second group of winners of the NAC Award. The first three winners, named in 2002, were Alexina Louie, Gary Kulesha and Denys Bouliane. Estacio, Koprowski and Sokolovic will write music for the orchestra and will also work with student composers during the NAC’s annual Summer Music Institute. … [Managing Director Christopher] Deacon said audiences will probably hear the first new pieces during the 2011-2012 season, but also said it’s possible the orchestra will perform some of the composers’ existing pieces before that. … ‘I’ve had some great commissions from orchestras, but this is not just one commission for one piece, it’s a long-term project, and that’s exciting,’ said Sokolovic. ‘When we work with orchestras we are often limited for time. Having this longer relationship, I hope, will maybe allow me to try some new things.’ ”

Posted December 2, 2009