Harman, Chris Paul (b. 1970, Toronto, Ontario). Canadian composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed in Canada, Europe and Japan.
Mr. Harman is self-taught as a composer. He had private cello and guitar studies from 1978–81 and then studied guitar privately with Barton Wigg from 1982–84, cello privately with Alan Stellings from 1982–89 and electronic music privately with Wes Wraggett in 1986–87.
Among his many honors are two prizes in the CBC Competition for Young Composers (finalist, 1986, for Overture; First Prize, 1990, for Iridescence) and two awards at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers (selected work in the Under-30 category, 1991, for Iridescence; recommended work, 1994, for Concerto). He has also received First Prize and Audience Prize in the duMaurier Arts Limited Canadian Composers Competition in Winnipeg (1998, for Blur), a recommendation in the Gaudeamus competition (2001, for Uta) and the Prix Jules-Léger pour la nouvelle musique de chambre (2001, for Amerika; 2008, for Postludio a rovescio).
CBC, the Canada Council for the Arts, oboist Lawrence Cherney, the ensemble Continuum, the Ensemble de la SMCQ, the Esprit Orchestra, the Guelph Spring Festival, violinist Jacques Israelievitch, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Sabat/Clarke Duo, Soundstreams Canada, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, among other ensembles, orchestras, organizations, and soloists, have commissioned works from him.
He has taught at McGill University in Montréal since 2005.
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SELECT LIST OF WORKS
ORCHESTRAL: Irisation, 24 strings, 1992; Concerto, oboe, string orchestra, 1993; Let me die before I wake..., 1994; C Section, violin, small orchestra (flute, clarinet, oboe, French horn, bassoon, strings), 1996; The Dawn of Each New Day Brings Us Each a Little Closer to Our Inevitable Demise, large orchestra, 1996; Blur, 1997; From the Cradle to the Grave, 16 strings, 1998; Flicker, 1998; Axle, small orchestra, 1999; Uta (concerto), viola, orchestra, 1999–2000; Catacombs (concerto), flute, orchestra, 1999–2000; Amerika, small orchestra (14 players), 2001; Mabushii sora e – Toward a Brilliant Sky (concerto), piano (+ toy piano), orchestra, 2002–03; Otogi no kuni e – Fairy Tale Land (concerto), cello, orchestra, 2004–05
CHAMBER MUSIC: Critical Bands, percussion, 1992; The Swan that Died in Darkness, guitar, 1992; Theme and Variations, 8 players, 1993; Adagio, string quartet, 1994; Incidents in Transition, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2 percussion, 1995; Partita for Solo Violin, 1995, revised 1998–2001; String Quartet No. 2, 1997; Verve, marimba, reverberation, 1998; Procession burlesque, 10 players, 1998; Midnight with the Stars and You, violin, piano, tape, 1999–2000; Projection, 3 violins, 2 violas, 2 celli, double bass, piano, 2001; Assemblage, flute, piano, 2001; Three Pieces for Two Violins, 2001–02; Incipits, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 2002; Kansha – Gratitude, 2 flutes (both + piccolo, alto flute), oboe, clarinet (+ alto recorder), trumpet, harp, cimbalom, string quartet, piano (+ toy piano), 2 percussion, 2004; Postludio a rovescio, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, 2007
VOCAL: Five Japanese Children's Songs, soprano, piano, 1998
PIANO: Globus hystericus, 1992
Globus hystericus; Theme and Variations; Procession burlesque; Midnight with the Stars and You. Christina Petrowska Quilico, piano; Sabat/Clarke Duo; Rosemary Thompson/Continuum (Centrediscs: CMCCD 7801, 2002)
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