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ANDREW STANILAND, Composer

 

 

Described as a “new music visionary” (National Arts Centre), composer Andrew Staniland has established himself as one of Canada’s most important and innovative musical voices. His music is performed and broadcast internationally and has been described by Alex Ross in the New Yorker Magazine as “alternately beautiful and terrifying”.  Among other accolades, Andrew is the recipient of two Juno nominations for Dark Star Requiem in 2017, was awarded the Terra Nova Young Innovators Award in 2016, was the National Grand Prize winner of EVOLUTION (presented in 2009 by CBC Radio 2/Espace Musique and The Banff Centre), and was the recipient of the Karen Keiser Prize in Canadian Music in 2004. As a leading composer of his generation, Andrew has been recognized by election to the Inaugural Cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists Royal Society of Canada.

Andrew was an 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 is currently on faculty at Memorial University in St John’s Newfoundland, where he founded MEARL (Memorial ElectroAcoustic Research Lab). At MEARL, Andrew 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