John Estacio | Composer
JUNO nominated composer John Estacio is a recipient of the 2017 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award. His works are frequently recorded, performed and broadcast on international radio and television. His Trumpet Concerto was commissioned by 19 Canadian orchestras and will be performed throughout the country in the 2017/18 season. He has written four operas and has also composed a full-length orchestral score for Cincinnati Ballet's “King Arthur's Camelot”
His music has been performed at Carnegie Hall by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony. He is the recipient of the NAC Award for Composers and his music was performed by Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra during their tours of China and the UK. In 2017, the NACO and conductor Alexander Shelley will tour across Canada with his orchestral work “I Lost My Talk”, inspired by Rita Joe’s poem and commissioned for the Right Honourable Joe Clark on the occasion of his 75th birthday.
Alison Yun-Fei Jiang | Composer
Chinese-Canadian composer Alison Yun-Fei Jiang (b. 1992) fuses influences from various sources and aesthetics such as the French impressionistic composers, film scores, and Chinese traditional opera, creating music for concert and dance with epic melodic gestures in a dynamic, dramatic, and colorful nature.
A winner of the 2016 Toronto Symphony Orchestra Call for Scores, Alison’s music has been recognized with a 2nd Prize (the Serge Garant Awards) in the 2017 SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, a 2016 Libby Larsen Prize from the IAWM (International Alliance for Women in Music) Search for New Music Competition, a Finalist in the 2017 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, and a 2015—2016 JCC Manhattan/NYU Tisch Call for Music commission.