I am very excited to announce that my piece “Remembrances” was selected as the winning piece for the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra‘s ‘Canadian Call for Scores’ Competition. The Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) is a high-level orchestral training program for talented musicians aged 22 and under, and it is a great privilege to have my orchestral work receive its East Coast premiere with them.
‘Remembrances’ was originally written for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, under the Young Composers’ Project initiated by composer and mentor John Estacio. It was heavily inspired by orchestral sounds of Ravel and Stravinsky, and was written at a time when I just left England and Hong Kong to begin living in Canada. The piece was premiered by the ESO under Robert Bernhardt at the ESO’s Symphony Under the Sky Festival, and it was then quickly taken up again by ESO music Director Bill Eddins for two performances at the Winspear Centre for the Arts in Edmonton, Alberta.
The East Coast Premiere of the work will take place on Sunday February 3rd, 7:30pm at George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts. It will be included in a program with Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture and Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky (orc. Ravel), led by TSYO conductor Shalom Bard. Click here for more info on the concert.
Here is a short audio excerpt of Remembrances, performed by the ESO.