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Meet Richard Mascall, Guest Conductor April 6th.

Award winning Canadian composer, Richard Mascall grew up in Toronto, Canada but originally hails from England. Richard studied musical composition at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. He studied with Pierre Gallant, Chan Ka Nin, Walter Buczynski, Derek Holman, Glenn Buhr and Christos Hatzis. Mr. Mascall moved to a small rural Ontario town in 2005 where he works as a composer/arranger, violinist, conductor and music educator. From 2006-2010 he served as the Composer-in-Residence for the Georgian Bay Symphony. Mr. Mascall’s music first gained public attention in 1992 when his virtuosic work for solo violin, Labyrinth, was performed by violinist, Andrew Dawes at the CBC Young Composers Competition. Labyrinth was chosen by the CBC to represent Canada at the 1993 Inter- national Rostrum of Composers in Paris, France. His Solo Violin Sonata of which Labyrinth is the opening movement won the 1995 SOCAN award for Chamber Music. Since then his music has been widely performed across Canada by many of the leading orchestras, ensembles and soloists. With recent performances of his work in Estonia, England, Finland and South Korea his music is beginning to be heard around the globe. Additionally, Richard has written for film, scoring Anaïs Granofsky’s 1999 debut film, Have Mercy. For well over a decade, Mr. Mascall has taken a great interest in aboriginal art and culture and has to this point written sixteen native themed works. In January 2012, Mr. Mascall was honoured with the spirit name ‘Singing Beaver on Water’.


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