Howard Shore

Last updated: April 17, 2019

Composer Howard Shore has won three Academy Awards, four GRAMMYs® and three Golden Globes, as well as numerous critic and festival awards for his music. He has also been honoured with six Canadian Screen/Genie Awards for his work with David Cronenberg. He has scored over 80 films and La Cinematheque Francaise recently presented a retrospective of his work in Paris. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France and the recipient of Canada’s Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.

Shore studied in Boston with the esteemed choral composer John Bavicchi. His opera, The Fly (2008) premiered at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris and at Los Angeles Opera. Other recent works include the piano concerto Ruin and Memory for Lang Lang (2010), the song cycle A Palace Upon the Ruins featuring mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano (2014), the cello concerto Mythic Gardens featuring Sophie Shao (2012), Fanfare for the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia (2008), Sea to Sea (2017) in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation, and the song cycle L’Aube which was premiered in October 2017, performed by Susan Platts and commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. 2018 saw the premiere performance of Shore’s Latin Mass for the Hof Church in Lucerne, Switzerland.

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