Emerging Composer Festival
Theremin & Piano duo
Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh,
Mentor & Composer-in-Residence
About the August 2021 Festival
Our festival is a week-long intensive mentorship and ensemble collaboration program. Eight emerging composers will be selected to produce new works for our ensemble-in-residence, this year being works for piano and theremin with an online video streaming premiere by world-renowned theremin player Thorwald Jørgensen and pianist Kamilla Bystrova.
During the week-long festival, masterclasses and mentorship is offered by both the Ensemble-in-Residence and the Composer-in-Residence, preparing each composer's work for the premiere. Prior to the week-long mentorship program, Dr. Mehdizadeh will be meeting with the composers in preparation of their drafts.
Accepted participants will be excpected to write a 3-4 minute piece for the ensemble. Tuition for the program is $495 CAD per composer and includes a limited promotional use* of the final recording of their music. This festival is intended to further the compositional and collaborative skills of emerging composers as well as to provide them with an opportunity to have their music reach audiences across the globe.
Workshop and world premieres are scheduled for August 2021.
Composers should send a google link to a shared folder containing 1 pdf resume, 2 pdf scores and 2 recordings (MIDI files are acceptable). Youtube and SoundCloud links are also acceptable.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND FILES DIRECTLY AS ATTACHMENTS - only links to pdfs and audios will be accepted.
Scores should showcase the ability to compose for solo or small chamber ensemble. Results will be announced by July 5, 2021. There is no application fee. Upon acceptance, composers should pay a non-refundable fee of $495 CAD to East Chamber Music Inc. Financial aid offered to composers: priority given to LGBTQ+ & BIPOC identified composers*
Submission deadline: June 30, 2021.
Application announcements: July 5, 2021.
Send everything to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule for August 2021 (all meetings will be virtual using Zoom):
July 30: Final drafts due
August 1-8: Meeting and Consultation with the Composer-in-Residence - reviewing drafts of newly composed pieces
Monday August 9 at 11am EDT: Masterclass and Workshop: Meet the Ensemble-in-Residence
Tuesday August 10 at 11am EDT: Lecture by Composer-in-Residence (composition, orchestration, idiomatic writing)
Wednesday August 11 at 11am EDT: Masterclass and Workshop (compositional technique and writing - ensemble will be playing through various sections of musical drafts with feedback and lecture)
Thursday August 12 at 11am EDT: Lecture by Composer-in-residence (final meeting prior to premieres including Notation and Score & Part preparation, the compositional process, career talk, collaboration and working with an ensemble and more)
Sunday August 29: Virtual premiere of newly composed pieces at 12pm EDT (Toronto Time)
Accepting 2021 applications now. For more information on the ensemble and your mentor, see below or contact us through email.
*Use of recordings are limited to promotional use such as sending audio files for competitions and applications. Any public posting or broadcasting of the recordings must first be consulted with the Ensemble-in-Residence - permission may be granted on a case by case basis.
*limited funds available per festival
Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh
Composer and Mentor
There is something vividly distinct about Mehdizadeh's music. This Canadian composer is revered for his intricate, unpredictable and haunting works. The sound and gesture of his pieces bury themselves deep in complex imagination—participating you in an exploration of uncertain visceral implications. His unique musical language is perceived as complex yet engaging, bringing together a hybrid of musical expression including the Mehdizadeh Modes, namely the Double- and Multi-Tonic modes.
Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh (DMA, University of Toronto) is currently based in the Greater Toronto Area and is the Composer-in-Residence for the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been involved in both national and international festival series. He is regularly commissioned and holds numerous performances in Europe and North America. His works have had global exposure and have been broadcasted across Canada and US including appearance as guest composer on CBC Radio.
Mehdizadeh has worked closely with conductors Ronald Royer, Simon Rivard, Jeffrey Reynolds and pianist and conductor Jean Desmarais. Mehdizadeh has also served as Composer-in-Residence for University of Toronto and University of Toronto Schools. He has given lectures and composition workshops at UTS as well as adjudication and mentorship for the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra as part of their annual New Generation Composer Project.
Mehdizadeh has also partnered with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra and together kickstarted a new podcast series, SPOGreatMusic, during the pandemic, helping develop new community partnerships including Scarborough Arts, FabCollab, Stratford Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Music Centre, Canadian Sinfonietta, the Brantford Symphony Orchestra, and the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra.
Mehdizadeh’s works receive funding through commissions and private patrons (long-time donor and supporter Nicole Senécal), as well as institutions including the latest Ontario Arts Council studio recording grant. He has collaborated with Orchestre de la Francophonie, Winds of SPO, the Princeton Singers and the Ewashko Singers amongst many others. Notable world-renowned performers include Belgian flautist Marc Grauwels and Dutch theremin player Thorwald Jørgensen with multiple commissions and performances in festivals around the world.