I’m back in San Diego now after being gone all summer. Just came back from the Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam, which was a fantastic experience. I’ll post some pictures when I have a minute.

Now it’s time to get ready for the start of the school year and the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal Tour, for which the dates and venues have been announced. See the link above for details.

I’m excited to have won a first prize in this year’s SOCAN competition. Culture no.1 received first place in the Pierre Mercure Awards for a solo or duet composition. Incidentally, this is the same piece that was chosen to compete for the Gaudeamus prize in Sep (see entry below).

First of all, a slight change regarding the last posting. Due to rehearsal scheduling complications, my piece with Esprit’s New Wave Festival has been changed. They will be presenting Flüsse-Einflüsse instead. Many thanks to Ina Henning for gratiously agreeing to do this on short notice.

Secondly, I am pleased to announce that I was chosen to write a piece for the Arditti Quartet during their residency at UCSD in 2007. The Arditti are one of the most highly-regarded string quartets in contemporary music and I am more than thrilled to be working with them.

Two news items to report… First of all, I’m pleased to say that I will be participating in the Esprit Orchestra’s New Wave Festival again this year. They will be doing the harp and piano piece written for my UCSD jury, which is the same piece being done at Gaudeamus in Amsterdam. In addition, I’ve been asked to write an orchestral piece for the 2007 installment of the festival, which is very exciting. I will post more details (as they become available) in the Performances section.

Things have been very busy, and I haven’t had the chance to do any site updates between teaching, taking classes, and travelling for workshops/performances. I was recently in Montréal for the Ensemble contemporain’s workshop, and I leave next week for the première of The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G. with Tapestry New Opera in Toronto. See the Performances section for details.

In addition, one exciting piece of news: my first jury piece from UCSD was selected to compete in the 2006 Gaudeamus Music Week in the chamber music category. So I’ll be in Amsterdam in early Sep for that.