Finalists

In conversation with Ashkan Behzadi

12 Sep 2018

While Iranian-Canadian composer Ashkan Behzadi describes his first pieces as “immature and naïve,” the same certainly can’t be said about his current output. His works have been played by groups...

In conversation with Taylor Brook

5 Sep 2018

After hearing Bartok’s String Quartet No. 4 being performed in his high school’s library, Taylor Brook knew that he wanted to become a composer. Not only did the musical experience prove to be...

In conversation with Thierry Tidrow

29 Aug 2018

Ever since he joined Ottawa’s Saint-Matthews Choir as a boy soprano, German-based composer ThierryTidrow knew he wanted to be a musician. After rehearsing and performing with this choir (as well as...

In conversation with Chris Goddard

22 Aug 2018

For composer and pianist Chris Goddard, pursuing composition as a career came out of a desire to better understand music. After starting piano lessons at the age of seven and participating in boys...

In conversation with Alison Yun-Fei Jiang

14 Aug 2018

Quickly making a name for herself, Chinese-Canadian composer Alison Yun-Fei Jiang’s compositions have been heard across North America and Europe. She’s also the winner of the 2016 Toronto Symphony...