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THE SCOOP | Emilie LeBel Named Affiliate Composer With The TSO

By Michael Vincent on August 9, 2018

Emilie LeBel (Photo: Phillipa C)
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has announced that Toronto-based composer Emilie LeBel has been selected as the next Affiliate Composer. (Photo: Phillipa C)

Continuing the tradition of developing composers at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), Emilie LeBel has been appointed to the position of Affiliate Composer.

LeBel will succeed composer Jordan Pal, who completed his tenure as RBC Affiliate Composer between September 2015 to August 2018. LeBel’s duties will include working with TSO Interim Artistic Director Sir Andrew Davis, as well as Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha towards composing a minimum of two works for orchestra. She will also participate in various education initiatives with TSO community-outreach programs.

“Emilie is one of the most exciting young talents in the world of contemporary composition. Her music reflects her intelligence and audaciousness,” says Sir Andrew Davis. “Emilie brings to us her exceptional energy and versatility. Already known as an engaging communicator and respected for her passionate advocacy work, she will be a brilliant ambassador for the TSO. I am thrilled to welcome Emilie to the TSO’s artistic team.”

LeBel specializes in concert-music composition focusing on textural landscapes, resonance, and variances in colour. Her compositions have been performed by the  Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Cecilia String Quartet, Quatuor Bozzini, Arditti Quartet, Land’s End Ensemble, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Thin Edge New Music Collective, 21C Festival, and the Winnipeg New Music Festival. She completed a Doctorate in composition at the University of Toronto, a BFA and MA in music at York University, and an Honours Diploma in audio engineering at Harris Institute for the Arts. In July 2018, she began her appointment as Assistant Professor of Composition at MacEwan University in Edmonton.

We look forward to hearing LeBel first work for the TSO scheduled to première January 2019.

To give a taste of LeBel’s work, here is a piece composed for Toronto’s Thin Edge New Music Collective in 2015, titled, “Hazel”.

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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig van Toronto. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. He has worked as a senior editor for over fifteen years and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig van Toronto. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. He has worked as a senior editor for over fifteen years and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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