ANDREW STANILAND, Composer
Described as a “new music visionary” (National Arts Centre), composer Andrew Staniland has firmly established himself as one of Canada’s most important and innovative musical voices. Described by Alex Ross in the New Yorker Magazine as “alternately beautiful and terrifying”, his music is performed and broadcast internationally. Andrew was the recipient of two Juno nominations for Dark Star Requiem, and was the 2009 National Grand Prize winner in EVOLUTION, presented by CBC Radio 2/Espace Musique and The Banff Centre. Other accolades include the 2016 Terra Nova Young Innovators Award, top prizes in the SOCAN young composers competition, and the Karen Keiser Prize in Canadian Music. As a leading composer of his generation, he has been recognized by election to the Inaugural Cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists Royal Society of Canada.
Andrew has been Affiliate Composer to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (2006-09) and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (2002–04), and has also been in residence at the Centre du Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis (Paris, 2005). Recent commissioners include the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Brooklyn Art Song Society, cellist Frances-Marie Uitti, and Les Percussions de Strasbourg. Andrew also performs as a guitarist and with new media (computers and electronics).
Andrew Staniland is currently on faculty at Memorial University in St John’s Newfoundland, where he founded MEARL (Memorial ElectroAcoustic Research Lab). At MEARL, Staniland leads a cross-disciplinary research team that has produced the innovative Mune digital instrument: www.munemusic.com.
Awards and Honours
JUNO Nomination: Dark Star Requiem. Classical Composition of the Year. 2017
JUNO Nomination: Dark Star Requiem. Classical Recording of the Year: Choral or Vocal.2017
Terra Nova Young Innovators Award ($50,000), Suncor /Memorial University. 2016.
Distinguished Alumni of the Year, University of Lethbridge. 2015
Royal Society of Canada: inducted to the inaugural cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. 2014
Presidents Award for Outstanding Research, Memorial University of Newfoundland. 2014
Harry Freedman Recording Award: Talking Down the Tiger. 2014
International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition. Finalist. National Academy of Music (USA). 2012
National Grand Prize ($20,000), CBC Evolution Composers Competition : Devolution. 2009
Prix de l’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne: Devolution. 2009
1st Prize, Prairie Emerging Composer Award. 2008
2nd Prize, Pierre Mercure Award, SOCAN Young Composers Competition: Full Circle. 2007
Gaia Chosen by the Canadian Broadcasting Corperation to represent Canada in the Under 30 catagory at the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, France. 2007
1st Prize, Hugh LeCain Award, SOCAN Young Composeres Competition: Despite Bright Ideas. 2006
2nd Prize, Pierre Mercure Award, SOCAN Young Composers Competition: Air. 2006
After the Crash selected by the ISCM Canadian Section for its submission to the 2007 ISCM World Music Days in Hong Kong. 2006
1st Prize, Pierre Mercure Award, SOCAN Young Composers Competition: After the Crash. 2005
Finalist, Toronto Symphony Orchestra New Creations Competition. 2004
Toronto Emerging Composer Award. 2004
Karen Keiser Prize in Canadian Music: Tapestry. 2004
3rd Prize, Sir Earnest MacMillan Award, SOCAN Young Composers Competition: Variations on a Theme by D.H. Lawrence. 2002
3rd Prize, Hugh LeCain Award, SOCAN Young Composers Competition: for Violin #3. 2002