Performing and Publishing Great Music Since 1967
Gala Concert and Banquet on Saturday, November 4, 2017
Commissioned Anniversary Composition
by Canadian composer, Gary Kulesha
GARY KULESHA is one of Canada's most active and visible musicians. Although principally a composer, he is also a pianist, conductor and teacher. His music has been commissioned, performed, and recorded by musicians and ensembles all over the world.
Mr. Kulesha has been the Composer Advisor to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since the premiere of his first opera, “Red Emma”, in 1995. Before that, he was the Composer in Residence with the Canadian Opera Company from 1992-1995 and with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra from 1988 until 1992. In 2002, he was named one of three Awards Composers with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. In addition to creating several works for the ensemble and touring with them, he directed their Young Composers' Programme for 10 years.
As the Composer Advisor to the Toronto Symphony, he was one of the chief architects of the Massey Hall New Music Festival, and he is currently assisting Music Director Peter Oundjian with the design and programming of the orchestra's New Creations Festival, the most successful new music festival in the history of Canadian music. An active supporter of young composers and performers, Mr. Kulesha was the Artistic Director of The Composers' Orchestra from 1987 to 2004. He also mentors young musicians in his full-time faculty position in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto.
Mr. Kulesha was nominated for a Juno award in 2000 for "The Book of Mirrors" and in 1990 for his "Third Chamber Concerto." In 1986, he was named Composer of the Year by PROCanada, the youngest composer ever so honoured. Also in 1986, he represented Canada at the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris.
Examples of Mr. Kulesha's Compositions