Brian Current

conductor and composer

“The voice of an original composer with something important to say could be clearly heard.”

— Allan Rich, L.A Weekly

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About Brian Current

Brian Current writes music that is brimming with energy – sometimes with the propulsive rhythms of so-called minimalist music, sometimes with a more delicate sense of flux, but almost always with a sense of motion and playfulness about the treatment of time and texture. These features have won him numerous honours, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Barlow Prize for Orchestral Music, and Italy’s Premio Fedora for his new chamber opera Airline Icarus. His concert-length work for Orchestra, Chorus, and Soloists, The River of Light, is premiering with the Vancouver Bach Choir and Orchestra in May of 2019. Future projects include a vertical opera about Glenn Gould on the wall of Toronto's Telus Centre, a commission for Cambridge's Ora Singers and a commission for the Eckhardt-Gramatté competition.

Brian Current a fait ses études musicales à l'Université McGill et à la University of California (Berkeley), où il a obtenu un doctorat en 2002. Sa musique, louangée et interprétée dans le monde entier, est aussi diffusée dans plus de 35 pays et lui a valu de nombreuses récompenses, notamment une bourse de la Guggenheim Fellowship, le Prix Barlow pour la musique orchestrale (États-Unis), le Prix Premio Fedora for Chamber Opera (Italie), le Concours de commandes de composition Azrieli ainsi qu'une œuvre sélectionnée (catégorie moins de 30 ans) par la Tribune internationale des compositeurs, à Paris.

Selected Works

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Category

Date

A Young Person‘s Guide to New Music for Symphony Orchestra

A Young Person‘s Guide to New Music for Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra

Musique orchestrale

2008

Airline Icarus

Airline Icarus

Opera

Opéra

2005

Clarence and Anita

Clarence and Anita

Opera

Opéra

2023

Missing

Missing

Opera

Opéra

2017

The River of Light

The River of Light

Oratorio

Oratorio

2019

Reviews

LA WEEKLY

“The voice of an original composer with something important to say could be clearly heard.” 

—  Allan Rich

AMERICAN RECORD TIME

“Brian Current writes cutting-edge music that combines traditional and avant-garde playing techniques, all manner of tonality, and terrific imagination.” 

—  Barry Kilpatrick

THE VILLAGER

“Music may never have sounded quite so intoxicating.” 

—  Michael Clive (New York)

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