Born in New Brunswick, Sophie Dupuis was awarded the 2016 Karen Kieser Prize in Canadian Music for her work Perceptions deLa Fontaine. Her orchestral music has been performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia and the Orchestre philharmonique du Haut-St-Jean, while her music for ensembles has been premiered by such renowned outfits as Caution Tape Sound Collective, the Thin Edge New Music Ensemble, the Array Ensemble and Architek Percussion. Currently completing a doctorate in composition at the University of Toronto, Sophie Dupuis is the recipient of the University Medal in Music from Dalhousie University, an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the John Weinzweig Graduate Scholarship and the Theodoros Mirkopoulos Fellowship in Composition.
Through a musical discourse that is revealed as it evolves,
the works of Sophie Dupuis overlay melodic fragments or familiar
harmonies with mysterious and quivering textures.
Patrick Giguère recently completed a doctorate in composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire. His music is frequently performed across North America and Europe by such exceptional ensembles as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Exaudi, the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra and the Orchestre de la francophonie. His work Le sel de la terre garnered 3rd Prize at the SOCAN Foundation’s 2015 Serge Garant Awards. He founded and was the artistic director of the Quebec City-based Ensemble Lunatik (2009-2014) and served as the artistic director of Erreur de type 27 (2013-2015). Through his compositions and the events he organizes, Patrick Giguère tries to offer people unique moments of shared listening in which they can experience music with their heart, intelligence and all their senses.
Patrick Giguère’s work is full of intensity, ornamentation and a thirst for discovery, gleefully indulging in the allure
of the non-tempered scale while plunging into the heart of the physical phenomenon of sound.
Originally from Vancouver, James O'Callaghan is a Montreal-based composer and sound artist who has been praised for his “mastery of materials and musical form” (Electromania, Radio France) and “[impressive] virtuosity in fusing genres” (SilenceAndSound). He is the recipient of the 2015 Robert Fleming Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2014, his work Isomorphia won the SOCAN Foundation’s John Weinzweig Grand Prize and was a finalist at the JUNO Awards in the Classical Composition of the Year category. His compositions have also earned first prizes from the Canadian Electroacoustic Community’s Jeu de temps / Times Play (JTTP) (2013), Musicworks Magazine (2014), and were among the finalists for the Gaudeamus Award (2016), the KLANG! Acousmonium (2015) and the Prix collégien de musique contemporaine (2016, 2017). He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University, where he studied with Barry Truax, and a Master of Music from McGill University, under Philippe Leroux (2014).
Culling his sound material from amplified found objects as well as natural
and urban environmental sounds around him, James O’Callaghan
intersects the poetry of these noisy components and the natural musicality
of classical instruments with great refinement.
Franco-Ontarian composer Thierry Tidrow recently distinguished himself by winning the Canada Council for the Arts’ prestigious Jules Léger Prize for his piece Au fond du Cloître Humide (2014). As a Fondation Ricard and Canada Arts Council Fellow, he received his Masters degree from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2011, followed by an Advanced Studies diploma at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg in 2013, under Brice Pauset. His works have been performed by a number of prominent ensembles, including the Asko-Schönberg Ensemble, the Talea Ensemble and the Dutch National Opera, which premiered his opera Less Truth More Telling, under the direction of Javier Lopez-Pinon and Lucas Vis (2013). His piece It had something to do with the telling of time… was nominated for the 2011 Gaudeamus Music Week, while Silk Hole was awarded a commission prize at the 2011 Ereprijs Orkest’s Young Composers Meeting. In 2014, both Less Truth More Telling and Violon et Clarinette won SOCAN Foundation Awards.
Thierry Tidrow’s sound universe embraces many musical worlds,
in which explorations of noise, expressionist lyricism,
pastiche and parody form a discursive and richly detailed whole.