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New Associate Composers

EUGENE ASTAPOV What got you excited about music at a young age? I wrote my first composition at the age of 9 and since then I was always fascinated by the limitless capabilities that the sound world opened up. It was exciting and inspirational to be able to put notes together and touch upon the surface of this great art. As a kid I was stimulated by various performance opportunities. At that time I was still fearless about going onto the stage and playing for audiences. As I grew older, being able to express myself through this great language grew into more of a necessity to share my music with people, even though it is quite a stressful job. What was the most important music concert/event you attended? Throughout my school years I have been very fortunate to have attended a multitude of concerts and recitals all over the world - from London to Paris, Moscow to Kiev, Milan to Zurich, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco and I could talk about these events for a long time, as they have had an ongoing influence on my musical personality. Perhaps the most important event was when I heard an orchestra play for the first time in my life. Growing up in Ukraine I did not have access to large ensembles; therefore, coming to Canada opened up this possibility for me. It was the Toronto Symphony playing Beethoven 8. I felt as if a gate to a new world had opened at that moment and that I was thrown into the ocean of sounds which actually felt overwhelming, yet natural. What is on your personal playlist? I listen to all kinds of music and have a lot of favorites. Although I try to listen to some new pieces of music every week to expand my knowledge, I constantly go back to Mozart, Bach and Shostakovich. I also don’t hesitate to enjoy more mainstream kinds of music, always following the latest hits in pop culture. How is the field of composition changing, and how do you fit in? As my graduate advisor Christos Hatzis often mentions, in 20-30 years when the time comes for our generation to take over the field of composition, there might not be a lot of symphony orchestras left around, perhaps even live performances would mostly cease to exist making way for online concerts; therefore, it is the job of young composers to adjust to the ever changing environment of classical music. I always try to follow the most advanced technological developments not only in the music industry, but in other aspects of technology that may affect our lifestyles.

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NOTATIONS SPRING 2014

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Notations Spring 2014  

Notations is the newsletter of the Canadian Music Centre, Ontario Region. In this issue you can read about field recordings in contemporary...

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