Mayor's Arts Award for Music

Jocelyn Morlock (left) and Marina Hasselberg (right), Mayor's Arts Award for Music honoree and emerging artist, respectively
Photograph by Morgan Burke

2016 recipients

Jocelyn Morlock


Juno-nominated composer Jocelyn Morlock has been Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s composer in residence since 2014, after completing a term as composer in residence for Music on Main. Jocelyn’s musical accolades include: 2002 International Rostrum of Composers (Top 10); 2003 CMC Prairie Region Emerging Composers competition(winner); Mayor’s Arts Awards Emerging Artist (2008); and Juno Nomination for Classical Composition of the Year (2011). Her first full-length CD, Cobalt, was nominated for three Western Canadian Music Awards and won Classical Composition of the Year (2015).

Recent highlights include My Name is Amanda Todd for the National Arts Centre’s Life, Reflected; Earthfall for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; Big Raven for the Emily Carr String Quartet; Ornithomancy, a concerto for flutist Paolo Bortolussi and the Vancouver Island Symphony; Aeromancy, a double concerto for cellists Yegor Dyachkov and Yuri Hooker with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra; and Three Meditations on Light for the Couloir duo.

Marina Hasselberg

Emerging artist

Marina Hasselberg’s musical career led her from her birth country of Portugal to the University of Western Ontario, where she earned a Master’s in Literature and Performance (completed in 2010 with distinction), and then to Vancouver’s eclectic music scene. Starting as a chamber musician specializing in classical music, her passions have expanded to include baroque music, new music, and interdisciplinary works that cross genre boundaries.

Marina has worked as a cellist in dance, film, and theatre, played for numerous orchestras and chamber music ensembles, and performed with stars like Michael Bublé, Rod Stewart, and Mariah Carey. As the artistic director of NOVO Ensemble, she advocates for new works, especially those by Canadian composers,and has premiered dozens of new works,many of which were written for and dedicated to her.

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