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Paul Swoger-Ruston

Paul Swoger-Ruston was born in Toronto in 1968. He has written music for various chamber ensembles, computer, film and stage, with performances in the USA, Canada, England, the Netherlands and Norway. His composition work reflects his interests in psychoacoustics, tuning theory, gradual processes, and systems of organization. He has received several awards, including the Society for the Promotion of New Music (SPNM) George Butterworth Award, the Marion Lower Prize in Composition, the Long & McQuade Guitar Scholarship, and two CASBY Awards (with band King Apparatus), among others.

Paul began his musical career as a guitarist, touring and recording with rock and jazz bands. He holds a PhD in Music (Composition and Theory) from Dartington College of Arts in Devon, UK; and MA and BFA in Music Composition from York University in Toronto; a Diploma in Jazz from Humber College; and a BA in Film from the University of Western Ontario.

Recent highlights as a composer include the premiere of Corrections and Amplifications at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and a commission from the Orkest de Volharding. Paul is also an Associate Lecturer in Music at Dartington College of Arts, where he teaches classes in synthesis, advanced guitar, composition, digital recording, and music theory.

Nov. 2006

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