Marjan Mozetich
Marjan Mozetich

Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich was born of Slovenian parentage in Gorizia, Italy and spent his formative years in Hamilton, Ontario. Winner of the 2010 Juno Award for best classical work of the year, Lament in the Trampled Garden, he is one of the most broadcast Canadian composers of today. In 2002 and 2006 he received the SOCAN Jan V. Matejcek Concert Music Award for the highest earned royalties for concert music, and in 2002 his Affairs of the Heart was nominated for a Juno award. His music is beautiful, lush, and romantic in a postmodern perspective with touches of the driving minimal, the spiritual and the traditional. Many of his works have been recorded on CBC Records, Centrediscs, BIS, Chandos, Marquis, BRT Radio (Belgium) and Naxos. His music has been used by many dance companies, on several radio programs, movies, and even on a national airline.

Marjan Mozetich has written compulsory pieces for the 1992 Banff String Quartet Competition and the 1995 and 2014 Montreal International Music Competitions. In 1995 he was the featured composer on postmodern music at the Gent Conservatory Music Festival in Belgium. He was composer-in-residence for the 2002 Regina Symphony New Music Festival, the 2008 Scotia Music Festival, the 2010-11 Sinfonia Toronto season, and the 2012 Prince Edward County Music Festival.

His major symphonic works have received performances by such leading orchestras as the Phoenix Symphony, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, the Edmonton Symphony, L ’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, I Musici de Montreal, the National Youth Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony. Exponents of his chamber works have included the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Penderecki Quartet, the St. Lawrence Quartet, Gryphon Trio, Janina Fialkowska, Susan Platts, Erica Goodman. Contemporary music ensembles such as New Music Concert of Toronto, Vancouver New Music Society, the Winnipeg New Music Festival, Arraymusic have all presented his works.

Since 1991 he has been on the faculty at Queen’s School of Music in Kingston, teaching composition.

We commissioned John to write a new work for the Festival, and his piece, Descent-Ascent will be performed by Isabelle Demers during her 8:00 Wednesday night concert at St. George’s Cathedral.

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