Array Young Composer Workshop

Saturday May 27th 3pm.
Array Space 155 Walnut Ave M6J 3W3

The Arraymusic 30th Annual Young Composers Workshop is in its last week. Since the beginning of May four remarkable emerging composers have worked with members of the Array Ensemble: Rick Sacks – conductor, Stephen Clarke – piano, Colleen Cook – clarinets, David Schotzko – percussion, and Steven Sitarski – violin, along with Artistic Director, Martin Arnold. What started out as rough sketches, nascent proposals and conjectured possibilities have become four distinct, dynamic musical compositions. Come and hear them, hot off the press.

The four participants involved are: Patrick Arteaga (Canadian, based in Toronto), Mert Moreli (Turkish, based in Berlin), Jeremy O’Neill (Canadian, based in Vancouver), and Christina Volpini (Canadian, based in Toronto).

A bit about The YCWC: The workshop is designed to give composers the opportunity to hear their work in progress, making changes and amendments in consultation with the performers and the Workshop Director. The workshop gives participating composers the opportunity to try new things, experiment and freely develop his or her new work. Weekly seminars enable composers to share their previous works, while mentors speak about their work, and other aspects of composition are discussed. Rick Sacks gives an intensive percussion workshop.

Patrick Arteaga - Toronto, Ontario

Mert Moralı - Berlin, Germany

Jeremy O'Neill - Vancouver, British Columbia

Christina Volpini - Toronto, Ontario

Array’s 2016|17 Young Composers’ Workshop and Concert (YCW) will be held during the month of May in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with a final public concert presented at The Array Space Sunday, May 27, 2017.

This year the composers will write for violin Steven Sitarski, percussionist David Schotzko, Pianist Stephen Clarke, and clarinetist Colleen Cook with Rick Sacks conducting. Arraymusic Artistic DirectorMartin Arnold will mentor the composers.

Array’s 2016|17 YCW received funding support from the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, the Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, SOCAN Foundation and from private donations.

These composers, chosen as part of Array's Call For Applications spend the month working intensively with four Array Ensemble members and the workshop leader to create new works for a concert presentation.


Patrick Arteaga composes chamber music that focuses on malleable contrapuntal textures, naively exploring fantastical themes disguised as natural phenomena. He is a regular contributor to Cautiontape Sound Collective’s productions and has been presented in collaboration with artists and collectives throughout Canada. As an instrumentalist Patrick performs and records with the Toronto chamber-folk group Kolapore, and Switzerland based project She, York.

Mert Morali is a Berlin-based composer originally from Izmir, Turkey. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Theory-Composition from Bilkent University and in Composition from Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin. His compositions mainly explore the linguistic aspects of music. Also, he relates his compositions to themes like linguistics, autobiography, poetry, urban planning theories, and politics.

He has attended composition workshops, led by Giorgio Battistelli, Isabel Mundry, Marcel Reuter, Kurt Rohde, and Tolga Yayalar.

His pieces have been heard at the Bilkent New Music Days, Sesin Yolculugu Young Composers’ Festival, Istanbul-Essen Kulturhauptstadt November Music, Klasik Keyifler Cappadocia Music Festival, Zoom+Focus Konzert, Eisler Komponisten Forum und  Aufführungspreis, and Bilgi New Music Festival, performed by professional ensembles such as the Hezarfen Ensemble, United Instruments of Lucilin, and Plug.

Currenty, he is pursuing a Master’s in Composition degree at Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, under the supervision of Eun-Hwa Cho.

Jeremy O’Neill is a composer based in Vancouver, B.C., where he is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Composition at Simon Fraser University. He has studied with composers Owen Underhill, David McIntyre, Arne Eigenfeldt and Rita Ueda, body percussionist and rhythm tapper Tasha Lawson, as well as having participated in workshops with Rodney Sharman, Christopher Butterfield and Quatuor Bozzini, among others. Performances of his music have been featured at the Sonic Boom Festival and by Cor Flammae. His formal training as a dancer and interest in embodied cognition is reflected in an interdisciplinary approach to composition and in the search through his music for a sense of physicality, kineticism and presence.

Christina Volpini is a Toronto-based composer, music educator, and early-career arts administrator. Her music explores built sonic environments, rich and diverse textures, found objects, and the effect of sound in particular spaces. Her commissioned works have been performed in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, and New York. In 2016, she completed a Masters in Music Composition at McGill University studying with John Rea. There, Christina also acted as a research assistant in the Music Perception and Cognition Lab, conducting research on orchestration and timbral blend under the supervision of Stephen McAdams. This work has informed her music and artistic practice. In the context of private lessons, Christina has also studied with Ana Sokolović, Jean Lesage, and Paul Frehner.

Alongside composing, Christina enjoys work as an educator and arts manager. Her primary interests lie in innovative artistic programming and creating opportunities for artistic engagement within underrepresented communities. Christina is a core organizer of the Toronto Creative Music Lab, a grassroots professional development workshop for early-career composers and performers promoting collaboration, experimentation, and anti-oppression within the new music community. Christina is also active in arts advocacy initiatives, such as the Ontario Art’s Council’s Arts Day at Queen’s Park and the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts’ Arts Day at Toronto City Hall.

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