John Oliver (Canada)

John Oliver composes for electroacoustics, chamber ensemble, orchestra, opera, and dance, using traditional and electronic instruments. Oliver first came to international attention during 1988/89 when he won six prizes for five compositions ranging from chamber to orchestral to electroacoustic music. Among these the “City of Varese Prize” at the 1988 Luigi Russolo Competition, and the Canada Council’s Grand Prize at the CBC’s 8th National Competition for Young Composers for his live electroacoustic work El Reposo del Fuego. In 2013, Oliver won “Classical Composition of the Year” at the Western Canadian Music Awards for his orchestral work Forging Utopia. Oliver’s recent music combines familiar musical materials or techniques with new inventions, with a view to creating a rich listening experience. Master classes with I. Xenakis and Roger Reynolds, along with personal studies in perception, psychoacoustics, and social theory, as well as formal training with John Adams, Bruce Mather, John Rea and others have contributed to his artistic direction. He holds a doctorate in composition from McGill University.

John Oliver’s web site

earsay CDs

time is dust
Icicle Blue Avalanche
Structural Damage Live at the Lux
Double Entendre
harangue 1
harangue 2