Introducing Katerina Gimon, our 2019-2020
Named as one of Canada's ‘hot 30 classical musicians under 30’ by the Canadian Broadcasting Company; composer, improviser, and vocalist Katerina Gimon's uniquely dynamic, poignant, and eclectic compositional style is rapidly gaining her a reputation as one of the most distinctive emerging voices in contemporary Canadian composition.
Katerina’s music has been described as “sheer radiance” (Campbell River Mirror), “imbued…with human emotion” (San Diego Story), and capable of taking listeners on a “fascinating journey of textural discovery” (Ludwig Van). Her works have been performed across Canada, the United States, and Europe at prominent events such as ACDA Conferences (National and Regional), Choral Canada’s Podium Conference, and as part of the Vancouver Opera Festival, as well as at renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Orpheum Theatre.
Recent commissions include new music for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the University of Montana, Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound, the Hamilton Children’s Choir, and the Orpheus Choir of Toronto. She is currently the composer-in-residence for female vocal ensemble Myriad and is primarily based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
As a vocalist, Katerina performs as part of experimental mixed-media ensemble Chroma, of which she is a founding member (vocals, extended vocals, and electronics). This dynamic new music collective endeavours to explore the relationship between music, visual art, performance, composition and new technologies by blending experimental vocals, guitar, electronics and visuals to create immersive experiences. Chroma has recently begun venturing into the new and exciting world of virtual reality with an immersive VR album/experience, Naona (currently in development), set to premiere in September 2019.
Katerina holds a Master of Music in Composition from the University of British Columbia ('17) and an Honours Bachelor of Music degree in Composition and Improvisation from Wilfrid Laurier University ('15). She has studied composition under Dorothy Chang, Keith Hamel, Stephen Chatman, Linda Catlin Smith, and Glenn Buhr; and voice under Vicki St. Pierre, James Westman, and Brian McIntosh. Katerina serves on the BC Advisory Council for the Canadian Music Centre and on the board for Redshift Music Society.
We will be performing 2 new commissions by Katerina Gimon this year.
In accordance with our mandate, the Canadian Men's Chorus has been privileged to premiere newly commissioned works by the following composers:
• When The Night Has Passed
• Winter Wind
• Irish Blessing
• Danny Boy
Danny Boy is available for purchase from Renforth Music Publishing (www.renforthmusic.com) as part of the Canadian Men's Chorus Series for Male Voices.
• Prayer of St. Brendan the Voyager
Winner of the 2014-2015 Lloyd Carr-Harris Composers Competition
• How To Die
How To Die is available for purchase from Renforth Music Publishing (www.renforthmusic.com) as part of the Canadian Men's Chorus Series for Male Voices.
Winner of the 2015-2016 Lloyd Carr-Harris Composers Competition
• O My Love
• A Pickthall Triptych
• O Mistress Mine
• The Sleeping Giant
• Winter Uplands
O Mistress Mine and Winter Uplands are available for purchase from Renforth Music Publishing (www.renforthmusic.com) as part of the Canadian Men's Chorus Series for Male Voices.
• Missa Transfigurationis
• Ar Hyd Y Nos
Winner of the 2016-2017 Lloyd Carr-Harris Composers Competition
• Life's But A Walking Shadow
• Per Aspera Ad Astra
• Here's To You
Winner of the 2018-2019 Lloyd Carr-Harris Composers Competition
• North Wind
• O Magnum Mysterium
• A Paean of Honour
1. Prologue: Remember Them
2. In Flanders Fields
3. High Flight
4. Sonnet to Rupert Brooke
6. No Man's Land
7. Epilogue: Remember Them
• In Flanders Fields (David Warrick, arr.)
Recorded by ZoomerTV, aired on Vision TV
• Boots (Infantry Columns)
• When You Are Old
When You Are Old is available for purchase from Renforth Music Publishing (www.renforthmusic.com) as part of the Canadian Men's Chorus Series for Male Voices.
• Our Murray
Our Murray was premiered with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra on November 15, 2014.
• The Christmas Night
• Book of Lamentations
Book of Lamentations is available for purchase from Renforth Music Publishing (www.renforthmusic.com) as part of the Canadian Men's Chorus Series for Male Voices.
Winner of the 2017-2018 Lloyd Carr-Harris Composers Competition
• Amo, Amas
• Öö on selge
• Taas Inglid Laulavad
• Väike Päike
• A New Star
1. What Star Is This?
2. Star of God
3. Beautiful God
1. Two Roads
• Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
• From Stalingrad (Text by CMC singer, Richard Gooch)
• Ubi Caritas
These three pieces are available as Three Songs For Remembrance Day from Renforth Music Publishing (www.renforthmusic.com) as part of the Canadian Men's Chorus Series for Male Voices.
• Three Quatrains by Omar Khayyam
• High Flight
• Not Dead
• When You Are Old