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  Taylor Brook (Bio)

Taylor McNeal Brook was born in Edmonton, Alberta, in October 1985. He completed his Bmus with Honours in Music composition at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University in 2007, where he studied composition with Jean Lesage, Sean Ferguson, Ana Sokolovic, and Brian Cherney, as well as orchestration with John Rea. In August 2007 he attended the new music session of Domaine Forget, where he studied with Denys Bouliene and Francoise Paris and won a bursary and commission from Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. During January and February 2008 he travelled to Kolkata, India, to study Hindustani music with Debashish Bhattacharya. At the Bhattacharya School of Universal Music, he took an intensive course in Chaturangui (indian slide guitar), voice, and music theory. Last June he attended the Young Composers Programme at the National Arts Centre of Canada with Gary Kulesha and Roberto Sierra where Jean-Phillipe Tremblay and the Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne premiered his work Kolkata Predawn in Southam hall. Taylor Brook currently resides in Montreal where he is persuing a Masters in Music composition with Brian Cherney at the Schulich School of Music.