Commissions

Each season the WMCT commissions a new chamber work from a Canadian composer for performance during that season’s Music in the Afternoon concerts series. Most scores are available at the Canadian Music Centre.

WMCT commissions:

  • Allan Gordon Bell – Solastalgia, premièred by Cameron Crozman, cello, and Philip Chiu, piano, on March 31, 2022
  • Russell Hartenberger – Eagles, premièred by Beverley Johnston, Aiyun Huang, Russell Hartenberger, and Randall Chaves Camacho, percussion, on November 11, 2021
  • Anna Pidgorna – Lekking Birds, premièred by Kornel Wolak, clarinet, Michael Bridge, accordion, and Amahl Arulanandam, cello, on November 12, 2020
  • Kelly-Marie Murphy – Coffee will be Served in the Living Room, for eight cellos, was premièred at “CelloDrama!” on May 3, 2018, and won the 2020 Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music.
  • Vivian Fung – Bounce, premièred by James Sommerville, horn, Scott St. John, violin, and Peter Longworth, piano, on November 24, 2016.
  • Zosha di Castri – Near Mute Force, premièred at “Dannthology”, by Steven Dann, viola, and friends and family on April 7, 2016.
  • Christopher Mayo – Twentieth Century Ikon, premièred by Ensemble Made in Canada, on May 7, 2015
  • Christos Hatzis – Atonement, premièred by Yegor Dyachkov, cello, and Jean Saulnier, piano, on March 20, 2014
  • John Estacio – Song cycle Away and Awake in the Night, premièred by James Ehnes, violin, Russell Braun, baritone, and Carolyn Maule, piano, May 2, 2013
  • Chris Paul Harman – Sonatine, premièred by Robert Aitken, flute, and Simon Fryer, cello, October 27,  2011
  • Timothy Corlis – Raven and the first Men,  for clarinet, strings, and images, premièred by James Campbell, clarinet, and the New Zealand String Quartet, October 14,  2010
  • Glenn Buhr – String quartet no. 4 (2010), premièred by the Penderecki String Quartet, March 25, 2010
  • Larysa Kuzmenko – Fantasy for cello, premièred by Kaori Yamagami, November 20, 2008
  • Stewart Goodyear – Dogged By Hell Hounds (a tribute to bluesman Robert Johnson), premièred by Stewart Goodyear, piano, December 6, 2007
  • Barbara Croall – Bigiiwe (She is Coming Home), premièred by Marion Newman, mezzo-soprano, and Gregory Oh, piano, April 26, 2007
  • Alexander Rapoport – Variationen ohne Worte, premièred by Meredith Hall, soprano, and Bernard Farley, guitar, April 20, 2006
  • Chan Ka Nin – Rhythm of Life, premièred by Sonia Chan, piano, February 3, 2005
  • Donald Coakley – Fanfare for a Festive Anniversary, commissioned for the WMCT’s gala Centennial Celebration Concert, performed in the lobby of the George Weston Recital Hall by Chris Howells, trumpet and leader, Shawn Moody, trumpet, Toni Carlucci, trumpet, Allistar Gaskin, trombone, and Douglas Gibson, trombone, on May 24, 1998
  • Jacques Hétu – Fantaisie for piano, Op. 59, imposed work for the 1997 Career Development Award competition, premièred by Jeanie Chung on November 27, 1997
Scroll to Top