Composer Chan Ka Nin is awarded the Kathleen McMorrow Music Award
Toronto, December 5, 2018 - Chan Ka Nin is the recipient of the $5,000 Kathleen McMorrow Music Award. The award recognizes the composition and presentation of contemporary classical music by Ontario composers. This award is in support of Chan's upcoming opera Dragon's Tale, to be co-presented by Tapestry Opera and Soundstreams in 2020. He will receive the award at the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra concert at MacMillan Theatre on Friday, December 7th at 7:30pm.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chan Ka Nin is a distinguished composer whose extensive repertoire draws on both East and West in its aesthetic outlook. Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of Toronto, he has written in most musical genres and received many national and international prizes, including two JUNO awards, the Jean A. Chalmers Award, the Béla Bartók International Composers' Competition in Hungary, and the Barlow International Competition in the United States. In 2001 he won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Musical for his opera Iron Road, written with librettist Mark Brownell, depicting the 19th-century construction of the Canadian national railroad by Chinese migrant laborers.
Many prominent ensembles and soloists have performed his music, including the Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Esprit Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Amici Ensemble, Gryphon Trio, Miró Quartet, Purcell Quartet, Amherst Saxophone Quartet, violist Rivka Golani, and cellist Shauna Rolston. His substantial discography includes releases on the CBC, Centrediscs, ATMA, Analekta, Albany, and Summit labels, among others.
Chan was selected by a jury comprised of Luc Arsenault (Oshawa), Taiya Kasahara (Toronto), and Brent Lee (Essex). The jury was enthusiastic and unanimous in their choice, stating “Dragon’s Tale opera brings together music, opera and dragon boat communities. This high impact project moves past the boundaries of East and West expectations and experiences. The large scale of this major opera is an exciting project for this prolific Canadian composer.”
11 May 2017
CHAN KA NIN: My New Beautiful, Wonderful, Terrific, Amazing, Fantastic, Magnificent Homeland (Fanfare, celebrating Canada's 150th birthday) Sinfonia Toronto / Nurhan Arman, Conductor World premiere performance recorded on May 5, 2017, Toronto Centre for the Arts.
The Kathleen McMorrow Music Award was established in 2015. Kathleen McMorrow headed the Music Library at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music from 1974 to 2013. She established the award to recognize and encourage the composition and presentation of Canadian contemporary classical music. The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award. The Ontario Arts Council is responsible for the nomination and adjudication process.
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