Mayor's Arts Award for Music
Giorgio Magnanensi is an Italian Canadian composer of orchestral, chamber and multimedia works that have been performed throughout Europe and elsewhere. He is also active as a conductor and live electronics performer.
As a conductor, he served in many permanent positions in Italy, and as principal conductor of the Vancouver New Music Ensemble since 2000. As a guest conductor, he has conducted in Europe, Japan, and Canada. Giorgio taught composition in various positions in Italy from 1984-1999, and lectured at the College of Music in Tokyo in 1996 and 1998. He is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Community College, and is the artistic director of Vancouver New Music.
Stefan Maier (b. 1990) is an artist from Vancouver, Canada. His compositions have been presented by: Fonema Consort, Chicago; G(o)ng Tomorrow, Copenhagen; Vancouver New Music; Experimental Studio des SWR, Freiburg; ECLAT, Stuttgart; Talea Ensemble, New York; and Nouvelle Ensemble Moderne, Montreal. He has exhibited at 67, New York and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
Upcoming projects include new works for: Vertixe Sonora, Santiago de Compostela and No Hay Banda, Montreal, and an appearance at the Ultima festival, Oslo. In 2014, he was a fellow at the Harvard Summer Composition Institute. In 2016, his concert-installation Music for Organs, written in collaboration with Ragnhild May, was recognized as an outstanding composition of the year by the Danish Arts Council.