WSO names Stafylakis as composer-in-residence
On the eve of its 25th annual Winnipeg New Music Festival, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has named a new composerin-residence.
Harry Stafylakis, who is the composerin-residence for the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Montreal, will take over the WSO job on Sept. 1. His works have been performed by several symphonies in the United States and have been featured at the New York Philharmonic Biennial.
“The opportunities and challen- ges offered by an orchestra of this calibre will allow me to see how far I can push myself as an artist, and to continue to advocate for contemporary music in Canada and abroad,” Stafylakis says in a release.
He will write a new work for the WSO each season, help curate the New Music Festival and support the orchestra’s education programs, the release says.
For the festival’s 25th anniversary, which kicks off tonight at the Centennial Concert Hall, the WSO’s four previous composers-in-residence, Vincent Ho, T. Patrick Carrabré, Randolph Peters and Glenn Buhr will be providing new works to be premièred during the seven-day event.