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Brian Harman

Brian Harman, born in Montréal in 1981, is a Toronto-based composer, teacher, pianist, conductor and arts promoter. His music has been described as “effective and chilling” (Richard Todd, Ottawa Citizen), “three-dimensional, maybe four-dimensional” (Arthur Kaptainis, The [Montreal] Gazette), with “good use of textural contrasts [and] skillful combinations of instruments” (Robert Everett Green, The Globe and Mail). Harman’s works generally explore the relationship between music and our physical and/or imaginary experience of the world, using layers of carefully carved musical textures and gestures that contrast in temporal character. His compositions are frequently inspired by extra-musical elements, such as architecture, dance and technology, and he has written for a wide variety of media: orchestra, wind ensemble, choir, chamber ensembles, piano, live and pre-recorded electronics, film, theatre, and modern dance.

Harman’s music has been performed across Canada, in the US, England and Japan. In 2009, he was a finalist in the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra’s Composition Competition. In 2007, Harman was commissioned to write a work for a Canadian tour with the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal+. He received a SOCAN Foundation Award in 2007, and was a finalist in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s 2004 New Creations competition.

His works have been performed by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, ECM+, VivaVoce Montreal, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and l’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne. He is currently completing a doctorate in Composition at McGill University.


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