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Alexina Louie (1949-    )

Alexina Louie, composerOne of Canadaʼs busiest musical talents, Alexina Louie has composed for many of the countryʼs leading soloists, chamber ensembles, new music ensembles and orchestras. Her works have become part of the standard repertoire, in particular her many compositions for piano which are frequently performed by students and professionals alike.  Louie's orchestral works have received wonderful performances by such renowned conductors as Sir Andrew Davis, Leonard Slatkin, Alexander Lazarev, Charles Dutoit, Bramwell Tovey, Gunther Herbig, Pinchas Zukerman, Kent Nagano, Peter Oundjian, Carlos Kalmar, James Judd, and Ingo Metzmacher. Her major theatrical works include The Scarlet Princess (2002), a full-length opera with libretto by Tony Awardwinning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company, and Wolfʼs Court (2007), commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada, created with choreographer Matjash Mrozewski. The National Ballet of Canada also commissioned and premiered one hundred works for snow (2003) by choreographer Dominique Dumais. The ballet is set to Louie's O Magnum Mysterium: In Memoriam Glenn Gould. In 2008-09, Louie was guest composer on two major orchestral tours. The first was a tour of Nunavik with Kent Nagano, musicians from the Montreal Symphony and Inuit throat singers who performed her newly commissioned piece,Take the Dog Sled. The second was an extensive tour of Western Canada with Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra who commissioned and performed her composition Infinite Sky With Birds. Winner of two Juno Awards, Louie has three times been awarded the SOCAN Jan V. Matejcek Concert Music Award for being the most frequently performed Canadian classical composer. In March 2002 the National Arts Centre named Louie as a recipient of the NAC Composers Award. She has won the Léger Prize for her work Nightfall as well as the Chalmerʼs National Music Award for Obsessions. Her works have been performed and broadcast internationally in Beijing, Shanghai, Zagreb, Vienna, London, Paris, Brussels, Singapore, Helsinki, Stockholm, Dresden, Amsterdam, New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, as well as many other major centres. Louie has been commissioned to write imposed pieces for The Montreal International Violin Competition (1991), Eckhardt-Grammaté Competition 1996, The Montreal International Piano Competition (2008). The Esther Honens International Piano Competition commissioned Louie to compose piano works for its competition winners in 1996 and 2003. She has been the composer in  residence for several music festivals including The Scotia Festival of Music (1993), The Vancouver Chamber Music Festival (1994), The Boris Brott Summer Music Festival (1996), The Banff Arts Festival (1999), The Regina New Music Festival 2001, The Prince Edward County Music Festival (2008), Banff Arts Festival (2011). An Officer of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Order of Ontario and a Queenʼs Golden Jubilee Medal, Alexina Louie received an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary in 2002 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006.    For a full bio see  here

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Louie Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
Lamentation for the Canadian Tragedy, fl/picc, fl/alto fl, cl/bass cl, ob, vc, db and pf/electric pf (1970)
Molly, spoken voice, w/spoken vocal sounds, sung tones, vocal multiphonics, instr'l & elec sounds (1972)[text: J.Joyce: Ulysses]
Bringing the Tiger, mezzo-soprano, globular flute, 2 fl, ob, bsn, va, vc, db and 2 perc (1973?) [in graphic notation]
Lotus, fl, ob, vc, prepared pf/elec pf, vibraphone and tape (1977)
Lotus II, 10 players (1978)
Dragon Bells, prepared piano and tape (1978)
Jasmine, orchestra (1979)
Journal a.k.a. New York Times, dance piece (1980)
Full Circle, chorus (1980)
Pearls, flute, oboe, cello, percussion and piano (1980)
Incantation, clarinet and tape (1980)
Shadows of Former Selves, dance piece, tape collage (1981) [collaboration w/M. Mozetich]
Refuge, accordian, harp and vibraphone (1981)
Afterimages (3 pieces), 2 pianos (1981)
Edges, string quartet (1981; rev. 1982)
O Magnum Mysterium: In Memoriam Glenn Gould, 44 strings/string orchestra (1982; rev. 1984)
    - one hundred words for snow, ballet [choreography by Dominique Dumais, 1999; music: "O Magnum Mysterium", 1982]
Sanctuary, chamber orchestra (1982)
The Distant Shore, violin, cello and piano (1982)
Music for Piano (4 pieces) (1982)
Music For A Thousand Autumns, large chamber ensemble/orchestra (1983; rev. 1985, 1988)
Songs of Paradise, orchestra (1983; rev. 1984)
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1984)
Democracy on Trial: The Morgentaler Affair, documentary film score (1984)
Music for a Celebration, orchestra (1985)
Cadenzas, clarinet and percussion (1985; rev. 1987)
From the Eastern Gate, harp (1985; rev. 1987)
Riffs, oboe, clarinet and bassoon (1985; rev. 1987)
The Eternal Earth, orchestra (1986)
The Ringing Earth, orchestra (1986; rev. 1987; corrected 1989)
    - Three Fanfares from "The Ringing Earth", brass, woodwinds and percussion (1986; rev. 1987)
At the Wheel: Under the Influence, documentary film score (1986)
At the Wheel: After the Crash, documentary film score (1986)
Demon Gate, chamber orchestra/large chamber ensemble (1987)
Earth Cycles, accordian and tape [pre-recorded accordion and percussion] (1987)
Star-filled Night, piano (1987)
Songs of Enchantment, mezzo-soprano and string quartet (1987)
Eternal Earth, [film score?] (1987) [NFB/Rhombus]
W5 "Beyond the Call", [TV film score (1987) [CTV]
Music from Night's Edge, piano and string quartet (1988)
Scenes from a Jade Terrace (3 pieces), piano (1988; corrected 1992)
See No Evil, documentary film score (1988)
Martha, Ruth and Edie, film score (1988)
Winter Music, a chamber concerto, viola and 11 instruments (1989)
Love Songs for a Small Planet, chorus, harp and percussion (1989; rev. 1995?) [also arr. for chorus, hp, perc, str orch, 1992]
Music for Heaven and Earth, orchestra (1990)
Thunder Gate, concerto for violin and orchestra (1990; rev. 1996)
Bringing the Tiger Down from the Mountain, orchestra (1991)
    - Bringing the Tiger Down from the Mountain II, cello and orchestra (or piano) (2004)
    - Bringing The Tiger Down From The Mountain II, ballet (2009) [choreography by Matjash Mrowzewski]
Distant Thunder, oboe and percussion (1991)
I Leap Through the Sky with Stars, piano (1991)
Ricochet, concerto for trombone and 6 instruments [fl, cl, tpt, perc, vc, db] (1992; corrected 1995, 1996)
Arc, concerto for violin and orchestra (1992; rev. 1996)
Gallery Fanfares, Interludes and Arias, chbr orch/ensembles, baritone (1992-93) [for re-opening of the Art Gallery of Ontario]
    - Greeting Music
    - Three Interludes
    - Arias:
            - Obsessions (Their Own Words)
                    - I. Monet, baritone and chamber orchestra
                    - II. Van Gogh, baritone and chamber orchestra
    - Reflections in a Crystal Atrium
Glance, orchestra (1994)
Cadenzas II, viola and percussion (1994)
Dénouement, string quartet (1994; corrected 1996)
Star Light, Star Bright (9 pieces), piano (1994) ["Intermediate piano solos"]
Toothpaste, made-for-TV mini-opera, soprano, baritone and chamber orchestra (1995) [libretto: Dan Redican]
Neon, clarinet, cello and piano (1995; rev. 1996)
Starstruck (5 pieces), piano (1995; corrected 1996)
Touch, piano (1996)
Shattered Night, Shivering Stars, orchestra (1997)
Touch the Sky, 6 players (1997)
Nightfall, 14 strings (1997)
Last Night, film score (1998) [co-written with Alex Pauk]
Gouldberg Fanfare #1, chamber ensemble [brass?] (1999) [commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation]
Gouldberg Fanfare #2, chamber ensemble [brass?] (1999) [commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation]
Spring Rounds, short film score (1999)
The Five Senses, film score (1999) [co-written with Alex Pauk]
24fps, short film score (2000)
After the Harvest, film score (2001) [co-written with Alex Pauk]
Ravel’s Brain, film score (2001)
The Scarlet Princess, opera in 2 acts (1996-2002) [libretto: David Henry Hwang]
    - Berceuse, soprano and piano (2008) [from "The Scarlet Princess", 1996-2002]
Perfect Pie, film score (2002) [co-written with Alex Pauk]
The Interrogation of Michael Crowe, TV film score (2002)
String Quartet No. 2 (2003)
Put On Your Running Shoes, piano (2003)
Sex and the Single Mom, TV film score (2003)
Bringing the Tiger Down from the Mountain II, orchestra (2004) [also for cello and orchestra]
Imaginary Opera, 12 players (2004)
Burnt Toast, one hour made-for-TV opera/8 comic mini-operas (2005) [librettos: Don Redican]
Infinite Sky With Birds, orchestra (2006)
Fanfare Z, brass quintet (2006)
In a Flash, piano (2006)
Ode to the Midwives, documentary short film (2006)
Roxana, TV film score (2006)
Wolf's Court, ballet (2007) [choreography: Matjash Mrozewski]
Fastforward, piano (2008) [Fast Forward]
Take the Dog Sled, 2 Inuit throat singers, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, violin, double bass and percussion (2008)
Pursuit, concerto for string quartet and orchestra (2008-09)
The Raven, speaker, harp and string quartet (2009) [text: Edgar Allan Poe]
Inside Hana's Suitcase, documentary film score (2009)
Redress Remix, documentary TV series (2010)
Mulroney: The Opera, comic opera film (political satire) (2007-11) [libretto: Dan Redican]
    - Behind the Curtain: The Making of Mulroney: The Opera, documentary short film score (2011)
Pearls of the Far East, film score (2011)
Echoes of Time (2011) clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2011)
Filigree, oboe and piano (2012)


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Louie Links     ~ top of page ~
Dramatic/Theater
Molly, voice [and tape] (1972) [choreographed for Ann Ditchburn, 1985]
Journal a.k.a. New York Times, dance piece (1980)
Shadows of Former Selves, dance piece, tape collage (1981) [collaboration w/M. Mozetich]
one hundred words for snow, ballet [choreography by Dominique Dumais, 1999; music: "O Magnum Mysterium", 1982]
Toothpaste, made-for-TV mini-opera, soprano, baritone and chamber orchestra (1995) [libretto: Dan Redican]
Burnt Toast, one hour made-for-TV opera/8 comic mini-operas (2005) [librettos: Don Redican]
    - Nothing Happens In The Park/Attraction
    - Traffic Jammed/Connection
    - The Perfect Moment/Commitment
    - Forever And Ever/Marriage
    - Choo Choo And You Too/Consummation
    - The Argument/Perseverance
    - Justifiable Homicide/Disintegration
    - I'm Sooo Over You/Starting Over
The Scarlet Princess, opera in 2 acts (1996-2002) [libretto: David Henry Hwang]
Wolf's Court, ballet (2005-07) [choreography: Matjash Mrozewski]
Bringing The Tiger Down From The Mountain II, ballet (2009) [choreography by Matjash Mrowzewski]
Mulroney: The Opera, comic opera film (political satire) (2007-11) [libretto: Dan Redican]

Orchestra
Jasmine, orchestra (1979)
O Magnum Mysterium: In Memoriam Glenn Gould, 44 strings/string orchestra (1982; rev. 1984)
    - choreographed 1999 by Dominique Dumais as "One Hundred Words for Snow"
Sanctuary, chamber orchestra (1982)
Music For A Thousand Autumns, large chamber ensemble/orchestra (1983; rev. 1985, 1988)
    - The Summoning
    - Ancient Music
    - Music for a Thousand Autumns
Songs of Paradise, orchestra (1983; rev. 1984)
Music for a Celebration, orchestra (1985)
The Eternal Earth, orchestra (1986)
    - Summoning the Earth Spirit
    - To the Ends of the Earth
    - The Radiant Universe
The Ringing Earth, orchestra (1986; rev. 1987; corrected 1989)
    - Three Fanfares from "The Ringing Earth", brass, woodwinds and percussion (1986; rev. 1987)
Demon Gate, chamber orchestra/large chamber ensemble (1987)
Music for Heaven and Earth, orchestra (1990)
    - Procession of Celestial Deities
    - Thunder Dragon
    - The Void
    - Earthrise
    - River of Stars
Bringing the Tiger Down from the Mountain, orchestra (1991) [also version for cello and orch/pf, 2004]
Gallery Fanfares, Arias and Interludes, baritone, chbr orch, chbr ensembles, orch (1992-93)
    - commissioned by Art Gallery of Ontario for opening of its new gallery spaces
Glance, orchestra (1994)
Shattered Night, Shivering Stars, orchestra (1997)
Infinite Sky With Birds, orchestra (2006)

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra or Ensemble
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1984)
Winter Music, a chamber concerto, viola and 11 instruments (1989)
Thunder Gate, concerto for violin and orchestra (1990; rev. 1996)
Ricochet, concerto for trombone and 6 instruments [fl, cl, tpt, perc, vc, db] (1992; corrected 1995, 1996)
Arc, concerto for violin and orchestra (1992; rev. 1996)
Bringing the Tiger Down from the Mountain II, cello and orchestra (or piano) (2004) [orig. vers. for orchestra, 1991]
Pursuit, concerto for string quartet and orchestra (2008-09)

Chorus w/Orchestra
Love Songs for a Small Planet, chorus, harp, perc & string orch (1992; from original work for chorus, harp & percussion, 1989)
    - Introduction: Night
    - I: Sun
    - II: Moon
    - III: Earth

Choral
Full Circle, chorus (1980)
Love Songs for a Small Planet, chorus, harp and percussion (1989; rev. 1995?) [also arr. for chorus, hp, perc, str orch, 1992]
    - Introduction: Night
    - I: Sun
    - II: Moon
    - III: Earth

Chamber
Lamentation for the Canadian Tragedy, fl/picc, fl/alto fl, cl/bass cl, ob, vc, db and pf/electric pf (1970)
Lotus, fl, ob, vc, prepared pf/elec pf, vibraphone and tape (1977)
Lotus II, 10 players (1978)
Pearls, flute, oboe, cello, percussion and piano (1980)
Refuge, accordian, harp and vibraphone (1981)
Edges, string quartet (1981; rev. 1982)
The Distant Shore, violin, cello and piano (1982)
Music For A Thousand Autumns, large chamber ensemble/orchestra (1983; rev. 1985, 1988)
Cadenzas, clarinet and percussion (1985; rev. 1987)
Riffs, oboe, clarinet and bassoon (1985; rev. 1987)
Three Fanfares from "The Ringing Earth", brass, woodwinds and percussion (1986; rev. 1987)
Demon Gate, chamber orchestra/large chamber ensemble (1987)
Music from Night's Edge, piano and string quartet (1988)
    - Ritual on a Moonlit Plain
    - Midnight Music
    - Interlude: Heavenly Night
    - Quicksilver Light
Winter Music, a chamber concerto, viola and 11 instruments (1989)
Bringing the Tiger Down from the Mountain II, cello and piano (1991; corrected 1996)
Distant Thunder, oboe and percussion (1991)
Ricochet, concerto for trombone and 6 instruments [fl, cl, tpt, perc, vc, db] (1992; corrected 1995, 1996)
Gallery Fanfares, Interludes and Arias, chbr orch/ensembles, baritone (1992-93) [for re-opening of the Art Gallery of Ontario]
    - Greeting Music
    - Three Interludes
    - Arias:
            - Obsessions (Their Own Words)
                    - I. Monet, baritone and chamber orchestra
                    - II. Van Gogh, baritone and chamber orchestra
    - Reflections in a Crystal Atrium
Cadenzas II, viola and percussion (1994)
Dénouement, string quartet (1994; corrected 1996)
Neon, clarinet, cello and piano (1995; rev. 1996)
Touch the Sky, 6 players (1997)
Nightfall, 14 strings (1997)
Gouldberg Fanfare #1, chamber ensemble [brass?] (1999) [commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation]
Gouldberg Fanfare #2, chamber ensemble [brass?] (1999) [commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation]
String Quartet No. 2 (2003)
Bringing the Tiger Down from the Mountain II, cello and orchestra (or piano) (2004) [orig. vers. for orchestra, 1991]
Imaginary Opera, 12 players (2004)
Fanfare Z, brass quintet (2006)
The Raven, speaker, harp and string quartet (2009) [text: Edgar Allan Poe]
Echoes of Time (2011) clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2011)
Filigree, oboe and piano (2012)

Solo Instrument
Incantation, clarinet and tape (1980)
From the Eastern Gate, harp (1985; rev. 1987)
    - Ceremonial music (Haiku I)
    - On impermanence (Haiku II)
    - Birds at the mountain temple (Haiku III)
    - Mandarins
Earth Cycles, accordian and tape [pre-recorded accordion and percussion] (1987)

Piano
Dragon Bells, prepared piano and tape (1978)
Afterimages (3 pieces), 2 pianos (1981)
    - Afterimage
    - The Ringing Earth
    - Homage
Music for Piano (4 pieces) (1982)
    - The Enchanted Bells
    - Changes
    - Distant Memories
    - Once Upoon A Time
Star-filled Night, piano (1987)
Scenes from a Jade Terrace (3 pieces), piano (1988; corrected 1992)
    - Warrior
    - Memories in an Ancient Garden
    - Southern Sky
I Leap Through the Sky with Stars, piano (1991)
Star Light, Star Bright (9 pieces), piano (1994) ["Intermediate piano solos"]
    - Distant Star
    - Blue Sky I
    - Star-gazing
    - Rings of Saturn
    - Moonlight Toccata
    - O Moon
    - Shooting Stars
    - Blue Sky II
    - Into Forever
Starstruck (5 pieces), piano (1995; corrected 1996)
    - Starstruck
    - Interlude
    - Midnight Sky
    - Berceuse des Étoiles
    - Epilogue
Touch, piano (1996)
Put On Your Running Shoes, piano (2003)
In a Flash, piano (2006)
Fastforward, piano (2008) [Fast Forward]

Vocal
Molly, spoken voice, w/spoken vocal sounds, sung tones, vocal multiphonics, instr'l & elec sounds (1972)[text: J.Joyce: Ulysses]
Bringing the Tiger, mezzo-soprano, globular flute, 2 fl, ob, bsn, va, vc, db and 2 perc (1973?) [in graphic notation]
Songs of Enchantment, mezzo-soprano and string quartet (1987)
    - Imagine
    - Child
Obsessions (Their Own Words) ["Arias" from "Gallery Fanfares, Interludes and Arias" 1992-93]
    - I. Monet, baritone and chamber orchestra
    - II. Van Gogh, baritone and chamber orchestra
Berceuse, soprano and piano (2008) [from "The Scarlet Princess", 1996-2002]
Take the Dog Sled, 2 Inuit throat singers, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, violin, double bass and percussion (2008)
The Raven, speaker, harp and string quartet (2009) [text: Edgar Allan Poe]

Incidental/Film
Democracy on Trial: The Morgentaler Affair, documentary film score (1984)
At the Wheel: Under the Influence, documentary film score (1986)
At the Wheel: After the Crash, documentary film score (1986)
Eternal Earth, [film score?] (1987) [NFB/Rhombus]
W5 "Beyond the Call", [TV film score (1987) [CTV]
See No Evil, documentary film score (1988)
Martha, Ruth and Edie, film score (1988)
Toothpaste, made-for-TV mini-opera, soprano, baritone and chamber orchestra (1995) [libretto: Dan Redican]
Last Night, film score (1998) [co-written with Alex Pauk]
Spring Rounds, short film score (1999)
The Five Senses, film score (1999) [co-written with Alex Pauk]
24fps, short film score (2000)
After the Harvest, film score (2001) [co-written with Alex Pauk]
Ravel’s Brain, film score (2001)
Perfect Pie, film score (2002) [co-written with Alex Pauk]
The Interrogation of Michael Crowe, TV film score (2002)
Sex and the Single Mom, TV film score (2003)
Burnt Toast, one hour made-for-TV opera/8 comic mini-operas (2005) [librettos: Don Redican]
Ode to the Midwives, documentary short film (2006)
Roxana, TV film score (2006)
Inside Hana's Suitcase, documentary film score (2009)
Redress Remix, documentary TV series (2010)
Mulroney: The Opera, comic opera film (political satire) (2007-11) [libretto: Dan Redican]
Behind the Curtain: The Making of Mulroney: The Opera, documentary short film score (2011)
Pearls of the Far East, film score (2011)

Electronic
Molly, spoken voice, w/spoken vocal sounds, sung tones, vocal multiphonics, instr'l & elec sounds (1972)[text: J.Joyce: Ulysses]
Lotus, fl, ob, vc, prepared pf/elec pf, vibraphone and tape (1977)
Dragon Bells, prepared piano and tape (1978)
Incantation, clarinet and tape (1980)
Shadows of Former Selves, dance piece, tape collage (1981) [collaboration w/M. Mozetich]
Earth Cycles, accordian and tape (1987)


LOUIE  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~
Alexina Louie Interview (Arts Alive)
Alexina Louie Looks Outdoors for Internal Inspiration (John Terauds, The Star)
At Home with Alexina Louie (The Whole Note)
The Evolution of Alexina Louie’s Piano Music (Yoomi J. Kim, OhioLINK ETD Center)

Composer's website [none at the moment]    . . .   contact Alexina Louie:  here

Louie @ Wikipedia
Louie @ Wikipedia.de (in German)
Louie @ Art + Culture
Louie @ Arts Alive
Louie @ Arts Alive/NAC musicbox TIMELINE    also    here    and     here
Louie @ CBC Radio 3
Louie @ Canada.com
Louie @ Canada Coucil for the Arts
Louie @ The Canadian Encyclopedia
Louie @ Canadian Music Centre
Louie @ canwwrfrom1950.org
Louie @ Catalogue of Canadian Instrumental Music
Louie @ Catbird Productions
Louie @ Classical Archives
Louie @ Classical Net
Louie @ Contemporary Anthology of Music by Women (James R. Briscoe, Indiana Univ Pr, books.google.com)
Louie @ Facebook
Louie @ IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
Louie @ InstantEncore
Louie @ LinkedIn
Louie @ Rick Miller/Mulroney: The Opera
Louie @ mjcj.com
Louie @ Molinari Quartet
Louie @ MusicWeb International
Louie @ National Arts Centre (Ottawa)
Louie @ Naxos
Louie @ The New York Times/movies
Louie @ The New York Times
Louie @ SMCQ/Société de musique contemporaine du Québec
Louie @ Women in Music Festival/Eastman School of Music

Publisher
Louie @ Canadian Music Centre
Louie @ Fredick Harris Music Co.
Louie @ Honens International Piano Competition
Louie @ Gordon V. Thompson

Streaming Audio
Louie @ Arts Alive/NAC musicbox TIMELINE    also    here    and     here
Louie @ Canadian Music Centre/Radio CMC
Louie @ CBC Radio 3
Louie @ Classical Archives
Louie @ last.fm
Louie @ Rhapsody.com
Louie @ SoundCloud

Recordings
Louie @ Amazon.com
Louie @ ArkivMusic
Louie @ Catalogue of Canadian Instrumental Music
Louie @ CD Universe
Louie @ ClassicsOnline
Louie @ Discogs
Louie @ itunes

Video
Louie @ YouTube
Louie @ Google Video

Alexina Louie - Full Biography
One of Canadaʼs busiest musical talents, Alexina Louie has composed for many of the countryʼs leading soloists, chamber ensembles, new music ensembles and orchestras. Her works have become part of the standard repertoire, in particular her many compositions for piano which are frequently performed by students and professionals alike. Perhaps best-known of these is Scenes From A Jade Terrace, commissioned by Jon Kimura Parker, who recently celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its composition with a tour of Canada and the United States.

Alexina's orchestral works have received wonderful performances by such renowned conductors as Sir Andrew Davis, Leonard Slatkin, Alexander Lazarev, Charles Dutoit, Bramwell Tovey, Gunther Herbig, Pinchas Zukerman, Kent Nagano, Peter Oundjian, Carlos Kalmar, James Judd, and Ingo Metzmacher. Her major theatrical works include The Scarlet Princess, a full-length opera with libretto by Tony Awardwinning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company and premiered in concert (2002), and Wolfʼs Court, commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada, created with choreographer Matjash Mrozewski and premiered in June 2007 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. The National Ballet of Canada also commissioned and premiered one hundred works for snow (2003) by choreographer Dominique Dumais. The ballet is set to Alexinaʼs O Magnum Mysterium: In Memoriam Glenn Gould.

In 2008-2009, Alexina Louie was guest composer on two major orchestral tours. The first was a tour of Nunavik with Kent Nagano, musicians from the Montreal Symphony and Inuit throat singers who performed her newly commissioned piece,Take the Dog Sled. The second was an extensive tour of Western Canada with Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra who commissioned and performed her composition Infinite Sky With Birds. The season also saw the premiere of Pursuit, a new concerto for string quartet and orchestra commissioned by The Toronto Symphony for the Tokyo String Quartet.

The Raven, a chamber work integrating the Edgar Allen Poe narrative poem into a musical setting for string quartet, harp and narrator was successfully premiered by its commissioners, Luminato Festival of the Arts and The Ottawa Chamber Music Festival in the summer of 2009.

Ms. Louie's current major project is a full-length filmed comic opera based on the life and career of Canada's 18th Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney. Set to premiere nationally on April 16, 2011, it is the first event outside of the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts to be part of Cineplex Theatre's prestigious Live at the Met national airings. It is by the same creative team of Ms. Louie, librettist Dan Redican, director Larry Weinstein who gave us the delightful comic opera Burnt Toast.

Performances in the 2010-2011 season include O Magnum Mysterium: In Memoriam Glenn Gould (44 divisi strings) and Fastforward (piano) in the January 2011 Winnipeg New Music Festival. As well, The Raven was presented by NUMUS Concerts in Kitchener and Toronto in the same month. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will perform The Eternal Earth on April 20, 2011.
Winner of two Juno Awards, Alexina has three times been awarded the SOCAN Jan V. Matejcek Concert Music Award for being the most frequently performed Canadian classical composer. In March 2002 the National Arts Centre named Louie as a recipient of the NAC Composers Award. She has won the Léger Prize for her work Nightfall as well as the Chalmerʼs National Music Award for Obsessions. Her work has been the subject of several academic studies including doctoral theses at the University of Oklahoma (2005), University of Kentucky (2004, University of Alberta (1997), The Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western University (1995), Yale School of Music (1994) and Julliard School of Music (1989).

As well, her compositions have had many important official performances including the 1986 performance of The Ringing Earth, a festive overture commissioned for the gala opening of Expo 86 by The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Mario Bernardi). At this event she was presented to their Royal Highnesses, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, who officially opened the Exposition. The Ringing Earth was featured on a United Nations Day Concert in 1989 by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Charles Dutoit) on United Nations Day which took place in the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Celebrated pianist Jon Kimura Parker chose to perform Scenes From A Jade Terrace on the Gala Opening inaugural concert of the Canadian Embassy Tokyo in 1991. A recording of her composition Starfilled Night was taken by Canadian Astronaut Steve MacLean aboard the space shuttle in 1992.

Her works have been performed and broadcast internationally in Beijing, Shanghai, Zagreb, Vienna, London, Paris, Brussels, Singapore, Helsinki, Stockholm, Dresden, Amsterdam, New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, as well as many other major centres. In 2006, her made-for TV opera Burnt Toast (librettist Dan Redican, director Larry Weinstein) was awarded the prestigious International Golden Prague Grand Prix (147 films from 28 countries). In 2002 the teamʼs six minute opera film, Toothpaste was shown in the Louvre as a finalist for the highly coveted international arts film competition “Classique en images” along with feature length films on composers Karlheinz Stockhausen and Igor Stravinsky.

Alexina has been commissioned to write imposed pieces for The Montreal International Violin Competition (1991), Eckhardt-Grammaté Competition 1996, The Montreal International Piano Competition (2008). The Esther Honens International Piano Competition commissioned Ms. Louie to compose piano works for its competition winners in 1996 and 2003.

She has been the composer-in-residence for several music festivals including The Scotia Festival of Music (1993), The Vancouver Chamber Music Festival (1994), The Boris Brott Summer Music Festival (1996), The Banff Arts Festival (1999), The Regina New Music Festival 2001, The Prince Edward County Music Festival (2008), Banff Arts Festival (2011).

In 2001 Ms. Louie was asked to participate in the official State Visit to Germany with their Excellencies, the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson and John Rolston Saul in the company of other distinguished Canadians. Her work was Music For A Thousand Autumns was performed in Dresden during this visit. An Officer of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Order of Ontario and a Queenʼs Golden Jubilee Medal, Alexina Louie received an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary in 2002 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006.

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