Paul SteenhuisenCA

Paul Steenhuisen is an art music composer and sound artist who works with broad range of acoustic and digital media. His concert music consists of orchestral, chamber, solo, and vocal music, and often includes live electronics and soundfiles. Additionally, he creates radio works, installation pieces,  Steenhuisen obtained his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from the University of British Columbia, where he studied with Keith Hamel. Between academic degrees, he studied with Louis Andriessen and Gilius van Bergeijk at the Royal Conservatory of Music, The Hague. While living in Amsterdam, he also worked with Michael Finnissy in Brighton, England. Subsequently, he took part in the Cursus de Composition et Informatiques at IRCAM (Paris), and had lessons with Tristan Murail.  Upon his return from Paris, Steenhuisen participate in a winter session at the Banff Centre for the Arts, before taking on the shared position of Composer in Residence with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1998-2000).

During his student years, Paul Steenhuisen’s music received more than a dozen national and international awards. These include four prizes in the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Young Composers Competition, seven in the PROCAN/SOCAN Competition, first prize in the Vancouver New Music Composers Competition, and the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal as the outstanding student in all faculties (UBC, 1990). Music by Paul Steenhuisen was also selected for competition at the Gaudeamus Music Week.  In 2003, Dr. Steenhuisen was appointed Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Alberta, where he was the founder of the Electroacoustic Research Studios (UA-EARS). He served as director of the new studios until his resignation in 2007. UA-EARS studios were created with financial support from the Endowment Fund for the Future, the Faculty of Arts, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. In early 2009, the University of Alberta Press published its first music text, Steenhuisen’s Sonic Mosaics: Conversations with Composers, a collection of interviews with thirty-one composers. In addition to this important text on Canadian music, Steenhuisen has contributed articles to the Angelaki Journal of Philosophy (co-written with Dr. Karen Houle), Circuit, Musicworks, Contemporary Music Review, Wholenote, and the World New Music Magazine (Köln).

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Paul Steenhuisen