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Neil Currie : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: I got unhappy : saxophone with piano by Neil Currie, from the CD Urban diversions

Photo of Neil Currie

Photo: Grant Kernan

Artist website: http://www.neilcurrie.com

Neil Currie is a composer, pianist, conductor, and lecturer who obtained Bachelor's and Master's degrees in experimental and clinical psychology before turning to music. He studied with leading Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe and has completed two major composer residencies with symphony orchestras in Adelaide and Saskatoon. His commissions include those from the London–based guitarist John Williams and organist Simon Preston. 

His music appears on nine commercial CDs, including Passionscape, which is devoted entirely to his orchestral music and Rollin' Down #1, which netted the Land's End Chamber Ensemble (Calgary) a Western Canada Music award for the best classical recording in 2006. He is also an active jazz pianist whose piano trio played two contracts for Holland America Lines in 2004.

Currie has been the recipient of numerous grants and has been juror for the Australia Council, Canada Council, and Saskatchewan Arts Board. Rhapsody (from Symphony) received a Western Canada Music Award nomination for outstanding classical composition in 2006; Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra (Tumbling Strain); received a national JUNO nomination for outstanding classical composition in 2007. Urban Diversions, a CD of Currie's original jazz compositions, was released in June 2007. 

Currie taught many subjects in the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan from 1999–2006. He was appointed Acting Head of Composition (sessional) at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton in 2007.

Biography provided by the composer — current to July 2008

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Prairie air : SATB choir with chamber ensemble (2007) Commissioned for the Centennial of the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, with assistance from the Saskatchewan Arts Board.
Prairie air : SATB choir with chamber ensemble (2007) Commissioned by Amati String Quartet, for Centennial of the University of Saskatchewan
Digital sheet music sample Rollin' down #1 : piano quintet (2005) Commissioned by Land's End Chamber Ensemble, for 2005 CD project
Digital sheet music sample Expressive outlook : SATB choir with piano (2003) Commissioned by Gerald Langner for Greystone Singers
Glenside : chamber orchestra : youth orchestra (1999) Commissioned by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Symphony : full orchestra (1999) Commissioned by Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, for Main Series of Concerts, part of Canada Council residency