James Rolfe Wins 2006 Jules L_ger Prize for New Chamber Music

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Toronto-based composer James Rolfe has won the 2006 Jules L_ger Prize for New Chamber Music. The Canada Council for the Arts announced the award last week.

Rolfe's work raW, for which he won the L_ger Prize, was commissioned by Ergo Ensemble and premiered in October 2003.

According to a statement, raW was created by filtering the first movement of J. S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 through Bob Marley's War, the second movement through reggae musician Burning Spear's The Invasion and the third movement through John Philip Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever.

The Jules L_ger Prize for New Chamber Music is awarded annually by the Canaca Council in partnership with the Canadian Music Centre and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Soci_t_ Radio-Canada; it is designed to encourage the creation of new Canadian chamber music and to foster its performance by Canadian chamber groups. The C$7,500 prize was established in 1978 by Jules L_ger, then Governor General of Canada.

Each year the winning work is broadcast nationally by CBC Radio Two and Espace musique, Radio-Canada's classical music network.

The 2006 prize will be presented at the Montreal/New Music International Festival on March 7, before a concert by the Continuum Ensemble, which will perform raW that night.

The members of the jury for the prize included professor and composer Howard Bashaw (Edmonton), composer and pianist Alice Ping Yee Ho (Toronto) and composer and pianist Andr_ Ristic (Montreal). The committee evaluated the 115 submitted works, which represented diverse compositional styles, without knowing the names of the composers.

Rolfe, who writes chamber, orchestral, choral and operatic works, has been commissioned and performed by ensembles in Canada, the U.S., Europe and New Zealand. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000, the K. M. Hunter Music Award in 2003 and the 2005 Louis Applebaum Composer's Award. His works include three operas: Beatrice Chancy, Elijah's Kite (a work for children), and Swoon, which premiered last month at the Canadian Opera Company.


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