Oct 18, 2010
For immediate release
EMERGING COMPOSER TO WORK WITH UP-AND-COMING MUSICIANS
The National Youth Orchestra of Canada Announces new RBC Foundation Composer-in-Residence
Toronto, October 18, 2010 – The National Youth Orchestra of Canada announced today that Nicolas Gilbert has been named the RBC Foundation Composer-in-Residence. The Quebec-based composer has been engaged for a two year term.
In year one, the NYOC will perform an existing work by Gilbert, with the possibility of a commissioned work for chamber ensemble. He will reside with the NYOC for a portion of its annual training institute and work closely with faculty, conductors and the orchestra. Gilbert will work with chamber ensembles in various combinations and scale, and will work on the creation of a new orchestral work commissioned by the NYOC to be performed the following year.
In year two, Gilbert will again reside with the orchestra while they learn and prepare the programs of repertoire that will include the new, commissioned work.
Born in 1979, Gilbert studied composition and analysis at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with composers Michel Gonneville and Serge Provost, and at McGill University, with composer John Rea.
His catalogue comprises about 30 chamber, vocal and orchestral works that have been performed in concerts and festivals in major cities around the world. He is recipient of numerous grants and awards including the 2008 “Composer of the year” Opus Prize awarded by the Quebec Music Council and the Opus Prize for Best Premiere of the year in both 2007 and 2008.
Nicolas Gilbert was resident composer at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montreal from 2003 to 2005 and president of the Codes d’accès concert society from 2002 to 2004. During the 2005-2006 season, he was in residence at GRAME (Lyon), working on a new piece for cello and electronics (commission : GRAME-CALQ). He is currently member of the artistic board of the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec and Chair of the Quebec regional board of the Canadian Music Centre.
Gilbert is also active as an author of fiction and has published two novels : Le recital (2008) and Le joueur de triangle (2009) with Leméac Éditeur.
National Youth Orchestra
The National Youth Orchestra of Canada is Canada's advanced orchestral training institute for musicians ages 16 to 28. Its mission is to educate and empower Canada’s most gifted young orchestral musicians. Forty percent of Canada’s orchestral musicians are alumni of the NYOC. In 2010, the NYOC received a JUNO nomination for its 2009 CD/DVD in the category of Classical Album: Large Ensemble or Soloist. The annual summer training is in London, Ontario, and runs from late June to late July. The national tour runs from late July to mid-August.
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