John ReaCA

Recipient of many awards, John Rea has been frequently commissioned and has written works in several genres: chamber music, music-theater, electroacoustic music, and compositions for large ensemble such as orchestra, ballet, choral, and opera.

Since 2001, his re-orchestration for 21 players of Alban Berg’s operatic masterpiece Wozzeck, op.7, commissioned and first performed by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM) in 1995 has been performed in a dozen new productions around the world.

Since 1973, he has taught composition, music theory, and history at McGill University where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Music (1986-1991), today the Schulich School of Music. He co-founded two musical societies in Montreal (Les Événements du neuf, and Traditions musicales du monde), and for twenty-five years was a member of the artistic committee of the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ).

For the season 2015-16, he was named by the SMCQ as composer of the year in their Homage Series.


John Rea