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LINDA CATLIN SMITHLLinda Catlin Smith is a composer of contemporary classical concert music. She was born in New York, and currently lives in Toronto. She studied composition, piano and harpsichord at SUNY at Stony Brook, NY and at the University of Victoria in BC. She moved to Toronto in 1981, where she was Artistic Director of Arraymusic from 1988 - 1993.

Her music has been performed by many Canadian ensembles and soloists including: Arraymusic, Vancouver New Music, CBC Radio Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Duke Trio, Penderecki Quartet, Trio Fibonacci, Evergreen Club Gamelan, the Modern Quartet, Les Coucous Bénévoles, Eve Egoyan, Barbara Pritchard, Stephen Clarke, and Colin Tilney among others.

Her work has been supported by commissions from arts councils and foundations including: the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the Toronto Arts Council; and the Laidlaw Foundation. She was awarded two year-long grants from the Canada Council, and in 1997, she was awarded the K.M Hunter Foundation award for individual artists. She has created several of her works in residency at the Leighton Studios of the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Recordings of Linda Smith's music include: Little Venice, recorded by Arraymusic on their CD Chroma; Versailles by Les Coucous Bénévoles on Gardens of Versailles; two works for piano (The View From Here and The Surroundings), recorded by pianist Barbara Pritchard on her CD The View From Here; As you pass a reflective surface, performed by the Penderecki Quartet; and A Nocturne, recorded by pianist Eve Egoyan on her CD The Things in Between. Memory Forms, a cd devoted to her work, was released in October 2001 on the Artifact Music label. Her lecture "Composing Identity: What is a Woman Composer?" is published in Musicworks (issue #80) and Descant (#107).

In addition to her work as a composer, Linda has trained in movement and voice. As a founding member of the URGE collective, she has performed as a dancer/singer in their theatrical performances, as well as in choreographic works by Holly Small, Susan Cash, Lin Snelling and Claudia Moore. In 2001 Danceworks presented Exiles: A Book of Questions, a full evening work for six dancers which she co-choreographed and co-composed with Marie-Josée Chartier.

Upcoming projects include new works for accordionist Joseph Petric, for the Ergo Ensemble, and the production of her completed opera, Facing South, libretto by Don Hannah, commissioned by Tapestry Music and Opera.


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Email Address: lcs@ican.net