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Miroslav Spasov

Miroslav Spasov (1964), composer and conductor, teaches Composition and Musicianship in the Department of Music at the University of Calgary. During his 15-year career as a composer he had opportunity to develop an international profile in contemporary musical composition. Since 1990, his works have been performed by many ensembles and soloists in festivals and solo concerts. These include the International Festival Ostrava New Music Days, Czech Republic, the Bartok Summer Seminar and Festival in Szombathely, Hungary, the International Ohrid Summer Festival, Macedonia, the International Festival and Competition Music and Earth in Sofia, Bulgaria, and others. Among other awards, his piece Metaanthropos/Evolutio I won the first prize in the Second International Computer Music Competition Pierre Schaeffer, 1999, and was subsequently performed in Rome. His orchestra piece à gauche, à droite, en haut was awarded an honorable mention in the 10e Concours international de composition musicale de Besancon (2000), France.

As a guest conductor he has directed many performances with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic; Land's End Ensemble in Canada, Chamber Orchestra of the Macedonian Radio Television, Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, and Youth Chamber Orchestra in Macedonia and Bulgaria, and others.

A fundamental principle for his compositional technique is the construction of an evolving musical sound in which musical parameters are interrelated and continuously modified. In both of his pieces: à gauche, à droite, en haut and Symphonia Musaicus for orchestra, he explores this continuity between pitch, timbre, duration, and space. In Metaanthropos/Evolutio 1 for flute and electronics he took musical ideas from the instrumental realm - both pure tones and noise from the flute - and expanded the gestures into the world of electroacoustic music, revealing the coherence between instrumental and electronic sound.


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