Featured Composers

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Liam Ritz (b.1996) is a Canadian-born composer, conductor, and violinist based in Toronto, Ontario. 

As a composer, Liam has been fortunate to work with outstanding musicians and ensembles including the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Gemma New, Veronique Lacroix, Etsuko Kimura, Jonny Smith, and more. 

His works have been frequently performed across Canada in festivals and workshops such as theCanadian Contemporary Music Workshop, the Scotia Festival of Music, the University of Toronto: New Music Festival, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s What Next Festival, and at the Orford Music Academy. In addition, Liam’s works are often programmed by musicians in solo and chamber recitals, including recent performances abroad in the United States and Italy. 

A recognized composer, Liam was awarded the Pierre Mercure SOCAN Foundation Young Composers Award for his Sonata for Solo Marimba and was selected as the inaugural winner of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Composer Fellowship Program, in their 2018/19 Season. Liam was also the recipient of the Andrew Alexander Kinghorn Scholarship and the William Irving Fairclough Graduating Scholarship from the University of Toronto.

Liam received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto, studying composition under Abigail Richardson-Schulte. In addition, Liam has participated in masterclasses with Peteris Vasks, Robin de Raaf, Ana Sokolovic, and Jean Lesage and has studied conducting under Ivars Taurins, Stephane Potvin, and Gillian McKay. www.liamritz.com

Jason Noble has been described as “a master at translating feeling and imparting emotion through music,” and his compositions have been called “a remarkable achievement, indeed brilliant, colourful, astounding, challenging.” His work seeks balance between innovation and accessibility, motivated by a belief that contemporary music can be genuinely progressive and communicative at the same time. Jason’s compositions have been performed across Canada and in USA, Argentina, Mexico, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and Italy, and featured in publications, recordings, and broadcasts. He has held numerous composition residencies including Pro Coro Canada at the Banff Centre, the St. John’s International Sound Symposium, the Bathurst Chamber Music Festival, the Edge Island Festival for Choirs and Composers, and the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra.

Jason is currently a postdoctoral researcher at McGill University, working on the ACTOR project (Analysis, Creation, and Teaching of Orchestration). His PhD at McGill was funded by the prestigious Vanier Scholarship (SSHRC). His research appears in Music Perception and Music Theory Online, and has been presented at numerous national and international conferences.

Listen to Jason’s music here!

David Hier (b. 1991) was born and raised in Toronto where he studied piano with Bella Asmarian.  He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in composition from McGill University where he studied under Jean Lesage and Christoph Neidhöfer.  He is currently a PhD candidate in music theory at the Eastman School of Music where he is studying under Henry Klumpenhouwer and Zachary Bernstein.

Hier’s music seeks to confront and engage with late 19th-century and early 20th-century compositional practice while tempering these influences with a contemporary aesthetic outlook. His works have been performed across Canada and the US by ensembles including the Lincoln Trio, the Transmission Ensemble and the Tetra Quartet.  His Song of the Night for piano trio was awarded second prize at the 2012 Sejong Composition Competition.  He has presented his research in conferences including at the Arnold Schoenberg Symposium in Vienna, Austria, at EUROMAC in Strasbourg, France and at several regional conferences in the United States.