Chris ThornborrowCA

Chris Thornborrow is a multi-faceted composer of film-score, concert music, opera, and music for theatre. Described as complex and clear, with subtle playfulness(Margaret Lam, Musical Toronto), and a percussive, evocative pleasure(Jessica Kiang, Indiewire), recognition for his work includes multiple SOCAN awards for Audio/Visual Composers, the Toronto Emerging Composer Award Honourable Mention, the Waterloo Emerging Composers Competition Honourable Mention, a Dora Award Nomination, and the Karen Keiser Prize in Canadian Composition.

Chris has been commissioned by The Thin Edge New Music Collective, junctQín keyboard collective, Musica Reflecta, ArrayEnsemble, Ensemble Paramirabo, Tapestry Opera, The Bicycle Opera Project, and Esprit Orchestra. Along with Monica Pearce, Chris is the cofounder of the Toy Piano Composers, a collective that since 2008 has premiered over 120 new works including chamber music, art song, short opera, and orchestral music by an emerging generation of Canadian and International composers.

 The short films Chris has scored have screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Atlantic Film Festival, and Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. In collaboration with the band Bruce Peninsula, Chris created the score to Andrew Cividinos film Sleeping Giant, which premiered at Cannes Semaine de la Critique, and won Best Canadian First Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival. Chris also led a team of composers to create the sound world of Brantwood (Sheridan College), the largest site-specific musical-theatre project in Canadian History, written by Mitchell Cushman and Julie Tepperman, and winner of the 2015 Dora Audience Choice Award.

With a passion for education, Chris has facilitated the creation and performance of chamber music, opera and musical theatre with children in association with The Canadian Opera Company, the Toronto District School Board, and Continuum Contemporary Music.

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Chris Thornborrow