January Reading Session Participants
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre, is pleased to announce that Alison Yun-Fei Jiang, Veronika Krausas, and David Scott have been chosen to participate in our January reading session. Participants will receive feedback from Music Director Peter Oundjian, and will have an opportunity to engage in constructive dialogue with members of the orchestra, the librarian, the Composer Adviser, and the RBC Affiliate Composer.
Congratulations to all three! Find out more about each below:
Alison Yun-Fei Jiang
Based in New York City, Chinese-Canadian composer Alison Yun-Fei Jiang (b. 1992) writes music for concert and dance. Alison fuses influences from various sources and aesthetics such as the French impressionist composers and Chinese traditional opera, creating epic melodic gestures in a contemporary tonal style. Her music has been performed by ensembles such as JACK Quartet, Wet Ink Ensemble, Quartetto Apeiron, Manhattan School of Music Composers’ Orchestra, and Fear No Music. Her music has also been choreographed and performed by NYU Tisch dancers at JCC Manhattan.
Alison is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in music composition with Justin Dello Joio at NYU, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Manhattan School of Music.
Of Lithuanian heritage, composer Veronika Krausas was born in Australia raised in Canada, and lives in Los Angeles. She has directed, composed for, and produced multi-media events that incorporate her works with dance, acrobatics and video.
Commissions and performances include Los Angeles Philharmonic, Penderecki String Quartet, The Industry, Ensemble musikFabrik, New York City Opera, the Lithuanian Ensemble Network, San Francisco Choral Artists and the Alexander String Quartet, Esprit Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, ERGO Projects, Continuum Music, Fort Worth Opera, and Motion Music. She is a Professor at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
David Raphael Scott is a freelance composer, teacher, arts administrator, and producer. Over the past 30 years, he has composed approximately 50 works in a wide variety of musical genres–from orchestral, chamber, choir and electroacoustic. Most of these pieces were written on commission.
David has degrees from the Universities of Manitoba and Alberta and received his Doctorate from the University of British Columbia in 2000. He has taught music at all levels, worked as a freelance producer for the CBC and spent 12 years in public arts funding as Associate Director at the Manitoba Arts Council.
David’s most recent work is a set of pieces for men’s chorus entitled Madrigals (2016) with text by Joy Kogawa.
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