Kingston is home to two distinguished Canadian composers, John Burge and Marjan Mozetich. Both have been commissioned to write original works which will be premiered at the festival. Marjan’s piece, Descent-Ascent, will be performed by Isabelle Demers in her 8:00 Wednesday night concert at St. George’s Cathedral. John’s Prelude and Toccata No. 1 will be performed by Patrick Wedd at his 2:30 concert on Thursday afternoon, also at St. George’s Cathedral.

John Burge (Canadian Music Centre bio)

Juno-winning Canadian composer, John Burge, has been living in Kingston since 1987 when he began teaching in the School of Music at Queen’s University. At Queen’s he holds the position of Full Professor and has served as Director of the School of Music. In recognition of his very successful career as a composer, he was awarded a Queen’s University Excellence in Research and Scholarship Prize in 2013, and in 2014 he was inducted as a Fellow into the Royal Society of Canada.

Marjan Mozetich

The music of Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich is beautiful, lush, and romantic in a postmodern perspective. He is one of the most broadcast Canadian composers of today, and many of his works have been recorded on CBC Records, Centrediscs, BIS, Chandos, Marquis, BRT Radio (Belgium) and Naxos. In 2002, his Affairs of the Heart was nominated for a Juno award, and in 2010 he won the 2010 Juno Award for best classical work of the year, Lament in the Trampled Garden.

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