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Nicole Lizée

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Nicole Lizée is a Canadian composer, sound artist and keyboardist based in Montreal. Her compositions range from works for large ensemble and solo turntablist featuring DJ techniques fully notated and integrated into a concert music setting, to other unorthodox instrument combinations that include the Atari 2600 video game console, omnichord, stylophone, Simon and Merlin hand held games, and karaoke tapes.

Nicole has received commissions from several artists and ensembles including l’Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, Kronos Quartet, CBC, New York City’s Kaufman Center/Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, ECM+, So Percussion, Transmission, Arraymusic, Ensemble Kore, Soundstreams, Standing Wave, Continuum, Bradyworks, pianists Brigitte Poulin and Megumi Masaki, percussionist Ben Reimer, Motion Ensemble, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, McGill Chamber Orchestra, Toca Loca and l’Association des Orchestres de Jeunes du Québec. Her works have been performed in festivals including the MATA Festival (NYC), Winnipeg New Music Festival (Canada), Huddersfield (UK), X Avant (Canada), Luminato (Canada), C3 (Berlin), Ecstatic (NYC), Casalmaggiore (Italy), and Open Ears (Canada).

In 2010 Nicole was awarded a fellowship from the prestigious Civitella Ranieri Foundation based in New York City and Italy. She has twice been named a finalist for the Jules Léger Prize, most recently for This Will Not Be Televised, scored for chamber ensemble and turntables. This work was selected as a top ten recommended work at the 2008 UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers. In 2002 she was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Robert Fleming Prize, and in 2004 she was nominated for an Opus Prize.

In 2011 Nicole collaborated with Genie award winning filmmaker Kara Blake to produce a music video for her work Ringer for Bravo TV.


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