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Anna Hostman

Anna Höstman (b. 1972) is a composer living in Toronto where she is pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Toronto. She completed her Masters degree at the University of Victoria, studying with Christopher Butterfield, Gordon Mumma and John Celona. Her works engage with her deep love of the natural world, with language, sensory memory, mental and physical breakdown, sound, photography, and the architectures of variation.

Anna's works have been performed across Canada as well as in Italy, the United Kingdom, Russia, China and Mexico. She was a resident composer with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra from 2005-8. In 2006, "What Time is it Now," her one-act chamber opera with libretto by P.K. Page dealing with dementia in an elderly woman's life, was performed by Cathy Fern Lewis, Kiiri Michelsen and Ken Lavigne with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, and recorded for subsequent broadcasts by CBC Radio 2.

Anna co-founded the VS New Explorations Workshop that brings together symphony musicians with middle and high school age composers in a year-long workshop culminating in a public concert of new works. Anna is also a founding member, composer and pianist for Intermission, an interdisciplinary collective that has performed in Canada, Mexico and Russia.


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