dcs logo Digital Composition Studios

home Home »Collaborators »Brian Harman

  Brian Harman (Bio)

Brian Harman is a Montreal- and Ottawa- based composer, arts promoter, teacher, conductor and pianist. He has written music for orchestra, wind ensemble, various chamber ensemble formats, choir, solo piano, live and pre-recorded electronics, film, and has also collaborated in modern dance. He completed his Honours Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto in 2004, his Master of Music at McGill University in 2006, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Composition at McGill with Professor Denys Bouliane.

Brian was a finalist in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's New Creations competition in 2004, and in 2007 received a SOCAN Foundation Young Composer's Award for his instrumental work sink. He was also a winner in the 2006 Canadian Universities Music Society Composition Competition. Brian has participated in the CCMW String Quartet Workshop, the National Arts Centre Young Composers Programme and the Domaine Forget Rencontres de Nouvelle Musique. He has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and from FQRSC for his graduate studies, and grants from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec. Among his previous composition teachers are Brian Cherney, Gary Kulesha, Larysa Kuzmenko and Chan Ka Nin.

Brian's works have been performed by many ensembles, including the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, l'Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, the Pazzia Contemporary Performing Collective, Ensemble Euterpe, the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble, l'Ensemble de flûtes de la Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, and the University of Toronto Contemporary Music Ensemble. Brian is participating in Génération 2008 with the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, culminating in the composition of a work for electric guitar and ensemble, with a Canadian tour in November of 2008. Other current projects include a piece for Viva Voce chamber choir, a work for the McGill Symphony Orchestra, and a recording of his Three Images for flute trio by the Wilfred Laurier University Flute Ensemble.

Brian also works as an arts promoter for Latitude 45 Arts Promotion. He promotes and books concert engagements, tours, masterclasses, and workshops for musicians and ensembles from Canada and abroad.

Brian Harman