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Graham Flett

Born in Canada and currently residing in the Netherlands, Graham Flett is composer adept at writing music for many different ensembles and situations. He has a natural inclination for being musically diverse and this is often shaped by the particular context from which a piece of his arises. His current work now reflects a refined containment of musical ideas, typically exploring the limits of an aesthetic within a given work.

Although from piece to piece the surface may vary, what emerges is a way of treating musical ideas and material. This approach is underscored by a strong formal organization as well as an overall refinement of material that is attune to the musical senses. Many of his works have an atmosphere of mystery and subtle humour and this is often complimented by the inclusion of theatrical ideas, linguistic elements or other forms of media.

He received a Master in Composition from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague and also holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts (music) from Toronto's York University. In addition to this he has received grants and awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, an honourable mention for the Jules Legar competiton (Canada) and has been an artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and has participated in several workshops in Europe and North America. He has worked with ensembles such as the ASKO Schoenberg, the Nieuwe Ensemble, Ensemble Aleph, the Quatour Bozzini, the Klang Ensemble, Het Gelders Orkest, Contact Contemporary Music, Array Music as well as composing for unorthodox arrangements like melodica quartets, 20 out-of-tune pianos and 20 out-of-tune harmoniums. Recently projects included composing 2 songs for soprano Claron McFadden and harpist Remy van Kesteren, based on texts by the American poet Billy Collins as well as an ensemble piece for Modelo62.

He was a student of a number of different composition teachers: Gilius van Bergeijk, Cornelis de Bondt, Martijn Padding, David Mott and James Tenney.

October 2011

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