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”.