I am very honored to report that this year, I was awarded two prizes from the National SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers! Every year, composers under 30 years of age from across Canada are invited to submit their best three works to compete in different categories, ranging from works for large ensemble/orchestra to chamber ensembles to electroacoustic music. Last year, I had the privilege of receiving the 2nd prize from the Pierre Mercure category (for solo/duo compositions) for my piece “Memories“, written for harp and marimba. This year, I am excited to share that the two prizes are for:
- Genesis (2015) for orchestra – 1st Prize in the Sir Ernest MacMillan Category for Large Ensemble Compositions ($3,000)
- Meditation (2014) for guitar – 3rd Prize in the Pierre Mercure Category fo Solo/Duo Compositions ($750)
While I am very pleased to have been recognized by the SOCAN Foundation for my contributions, I would like to credit the amazing musicians who brought the pieces to live and created the wonderful recordings which supported my music. Thanks should go to the amazing Brussels Philharmonic for recording Genesis last November, as well as guitarist Rob MacDonald, who premiered Meditation as part of the Class Axe Guitar Workshop in late 2014 and helped me navigate the treacherous waters of guitar writing!
For more details, an official press release will be made available by SOCAN in the coming days. Thanks for stopping by!
Genesis – performed by the Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Franck Ollu.
Meditation – performed by Rob MacDonald