Esprit Orchestra has appointed Toronto-based composer Eugene Astapov to take on the role of Esprit’s RBC Associate Composer/Conductor for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons.
Launched this year, the RBC Associate Composer/Conductor Program aims to provide mentoring and practical, professional leadership training and experience for an emerging conductor who is also a composer.
“I am thrilled to have been appointed Esprit’s inaugural Composer/Conductor Associate,” said Astapov. “One of my foremost artistic goals is to nurture and promote the music of living composers.”
“Eugene is an excellent match for this initiative and will help advance Esprit’s connection to the world of emerging composers,” said Founding Music Director and Conductor, Alex Pauk. “His well-crafted music has lasting value and he has proven potential to make a strong impact as a conductor of new music.”
This two-year position includes opportunities to write a new work for the full orchestra, to conduct selected pieces at public concerts, to interact with Canadian and international composers, and to connect with stakeholders, audiences and the media.
Astapov is the Grand Prize winner of the 2019 SOCAN Foundation’s Young Composer Awards, and holds degrees from Julliard, Eastman, and The University of Toronto.