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Justin Mariner

Montreal-based composer Justin Mariner has been commissioned to write pieces for the Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, Quatuor Bozzini and Brigitte Poulin. His works have also been performed by Continuum Contemporary Music, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, l’Orchestre symphonique de la Montérégie and Orchestra London.

Mariner’s music has been recognized in competitions including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Canadian Composers Competition, the International Gaudeamus Music Week, the CBC National Competition for Young Composers, the SOCAN awards for Young Composers and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra’s Reel Music project (2005) in which he was awarded first place in the drama category.

Mariner holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dalhousie University and a Master’s and Doctorate from McGill. From 2001 to 2010 he was the Administrative Director of Ensemble Kore, and he is currently Assistant Professor at McGill. In 2006 he scored Jackie May’s short film Couldn’t Be Happier, which was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival that year. In 2005 he collaborated on a live comic book for Ensemble Kore with his brother, illustrator Haydon Mariner. A second collaboration, The Affirmation, was commissioned by percussionist Gina Ryan in 2009.

March 2011

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