Brian Cherney

(b. 1942)
Professor Brian Cherney joined the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in 1972. He teaches composition. Cherney has written nearly one hundred works, which have been performed and broadcast in Canada and abroad. In 1979 his String Trio tied for first place among the “recommended” works at the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris. In 1985 he was awarded the Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music for River of Fire. His 1995 orchestral work, Et la solitude dérive au fil des fleuves, was commissioned by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Cherney’s recent works include La princesse lointaine, performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2003. In April of 2006, he was the Michael and Sonja Koerner Distinguished Visitor in Composition at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. Another recent work, Die Niemandsrose for choir, was premiered in Berlin in 2006 by the RIAS Kammerchor, the group which commissioned it. He has recently completed his 6th String Quartet, which is to be premiered by the Molinari Quartet in May of this year. During the past two years he has been co-editing a collection of essays on Canadian composer John Weinzweig. This is expected to appear in 2010.

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