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Roger Knox

DR. ROGER KNOX was born in Toronto in 1953, and began piano lessons at the Royal Conservatory at the age of four. After moving with his family to Vancouver, he entered the music faculty of the University of British Columbia, winning a number of prizes and scholarships in piano performance. He studied composition with Elliot Weisgarber and Jean Coulthard. Awards from The Canada Council and British Columbia Cultural Fund assisted master's and doctoral studies at Indiana University and the Eastman School of Music, where his composition teachers were Bernhard Heiden, Samuel Adler, Joseph Schwantner and Robert Morris. In Vancouver he taught theory and composition at Douglas College and the Vancouver Academy of Music, and from 1986 to 1988 he was a lecturer at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Lyricism, rhythmic drive and widely varying textures characterize Knox's compositions, which are written in a free chromatic idiom. A few of the miniatures are atonal, but all of the larger works maintain a tonal focus, beginning with the Trio for Flute,Violoncello and Piano in which the composer first attained a personal idiom. Solo and chamber compositions are most prominent in his output. His Reflections for piano was performed for the Vancouver New Music Society by the renowned American pianist David Burge, and his Quartet for Bassoon and Strings was commissioned by Christopher Millard. Knox has received commissions from The Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council, and his works have been broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and National Public Radio in the United States.

Since 1990 Knox has focused on a new area, specializing in applications of music technology for people with disabilities. He is Research Associate at Bloorview MacMillan Children's Centre in Toronto, where he has participated in several interdisciplinary research and development teams. Research projects have included: music for remediation of attention deficits of youths with acquired brain injuries, access to electronic music keyboards for adolescents with cerebral palsy using ability switches, playing electronic music as motivation for hand therapy with people with spinal cord injuries or arthritis, and making music using gestures interpreted by sensors or video technology. He has received funding from the Ontario Neurotrauma Fund, Bloorview MacMillan Children's Foundation, Easter Seal Research Institute, Rick Hansen Man in Motion Fund, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He has also conducted a number of creative projects for young people with disabilities including two Composing in the Classroom projects through the Canadian Music Centre. Dr. Knox is currently an adjunct faculty member of the Music Therapy Program, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University.


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