Christopher Goddard is a Canadian composer and pianist. As a composer, he has collaborated with NYO Canada, Esprit Orchestra, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Quatuor Molinari, Continuum, Ensemble Paramirabo, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, and Play duo, No Exit New Music Ensemble, NOISE-BRIDGE, and others. Recent commissions have come from the Lucerne Festival, the Royal Conservatory/Koerner Hall for the 21C Festival and the City of Reutlingen. He was selected for the 11th International Forum for Young Composers with the NEM, and has participated in the Wellesley Composers Conference, the National Arts Centre Young Composers Program, and the Rencontres de Musique Nouvelle at Domaine Forget. His work has been recognized by the MacDowell Foundation, the Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers, the Prix Collégien de Musique Contemporaine, the SOCAN Young Composer Awards, and the Robert Avalon Competition for Young Composers.

He was recently named as the 2022 protégé of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, a mentorship program in collaboration with 2021 GGPAA laureate Alexina Louie. The Canadian League of Composers presented him with the 2015 Friends of Canadian Music Award to share with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, who would later select him as their 2016 RBC Foundation Emerging Composer-in-Residence. The resulting work received its premiere in Lisbon and was broadcast on CBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3.

As a performer and advocate of contemporary music, Christopher Goddard has presented dozens of premieres by his colleagues, appearing with new music groups such as Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Columbia Composers, Penn Composers Guild, the Wet Ink Ensemble and others. He has participated in the Samos Young Artist Festival, the Avant Music Festival in New York and was a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy. He performed with TACTUS, the contemporary music ensemble at the Manhattan School of Music, while studying with pianists Christopher Oldfather and Anthony de Mare. Previous piano studies took place with Nicole Presentey in Ottawa and Kyoko Hashimoto in Montreal.

Christopher Goddard holds a D.Mus. in composition from McGill University, an M.M. in contemporary performance from the Manhattan School of Music, an M.M. in composition from Rice University, and a B.Mus. in composition and theory from McGill University. Principal past composition mentors include John Rea, Pierre Jalbert, Karim Al-Zand, Chris Paul Harman and Brian Cherney. He is an associate member of the Canadian Music Centre and has received support from the Canada Council for the Arts. He served as Artistic Director of Ottawa New Music Creators from 2017-2019 and currently teaches theory and aural skills at the University of Florida.

Sunday, June 30th at 1:00pm
This free concert is presented at the St. James United Church in downtown Montreal.

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