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Adam Scime

Adam Scime

As a young composer and performer living in Toronto, Adam Scime has been praised as “a fantastic success” (CBC) and “Astounding, the musical result was remarkable” ( His work has received many awards including the 2015 CMC Toronto Emerging Composer Award, The Socan Young Composer Competition, The Karen Keiser Prize in Canadian Music, and The Esprit Young Composer Competition. His music has been performed and commissioned by many renowned ensembles and soloists including Nouvelle Ensemble Moderne, The Esprit Orchestra, The National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Gryphon Trio, New Music Concerts, Soundstreams, The Bicycle Opera Project, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, Véronique Mathieu, Nadina Mackie Jackson, and Carla Huhtanen, among others.

In November of 2012, Adam’s work was featured in the Emergents Concert Series, a series showcasing emerging artists from across Canada and hosted by the Music Gallery. In March of 2011, New Music Concerts premiered Adam’s new trio After the rioT, for a concert celebrating the music of the prominent late English composer Jonathan Harvey. New Music Concerts subsequently commissioned from Adam a piece for large ensemble and soprano Carla Huhtanen that premiered in the 20122013 concert season. In 2014, Adam’s piece Broken Images was toured across China to various new music festivals by a chamber group of renowned Canadian soloists. Adam has been selected for numerous composer workshops including Domaine Forget, The Soundstreams Emerging Composer Workshop, The Vocalypse Opera from Scratch Workshop, The National Arts Centre composer training program, The Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop and the Chrysalis Workshop with the Continuum Contemporary Ensemble among others. Future projects include commissions for The Array Ensemble, The Esprit Orchestra, and a new 40-minute opera for FAWN Chamber Creative all to be premiered in the 201516 season.

In addition to his activities as a composer, Adam also works frequently as a freelance double bassist specializing in new music. Interesting performances include Nuit Blance 2009 when Adam performed under music director Brian Current in James Tenney’s installation, In a large open space. In 2011, Adam performed in Juliet Palmer’s massive theater creation Like an Old Tale. Recently, Adam traveled with the Ontario Festival Orchestra to China for a tour of six cities. Adam was asked to perform as part of New Music Concert’s “Composers Play” fundraiser. In 2014, Adam performed in the North American premiere of Louis Andriessen’s Anaïs Nin as part of the inaugural 21C New Music Festival hosted by the Royal Conservatory. Adam also makes regular appearances performing with the Array Contemporary Ensemble and with New Music Concerts. Adam is currently studying with Gary Kulesha at the University of Toronto where he has been awarded a full fellowship to study as a Doctoral student in composition. Previous to his current position at U of T, Adam studied composition at The University of Western Ontario, where his teachers included Peter Paul Koprowski and Paul Frehner. Adam has also received private lessons with Roberto Sierra, Anders Hillborg, Vinko Globokar, Colin Mathews, Chen Yi, and Osvaldo Golijov.

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