ANA SOKOLOVIĆ (b 1968 )
Serbian-born composer Ana Sokolović, who has lived in Montréal for more than two decades, has been immersed in the arts all her life. Before taking up theatre and music, she studied classical ballet. Her work is suffused with her fascination for different forms of artistic expression. Both rich and playful, her compositions draw the listener into a vividly imagined world, often inspired by Balkan folk music and its asymmetrical festive rhythms. The winds of change brought by her work quickly vaulted her to a prominent position on the Quebec, Canadian and international contemporary music scenes. Her repertoire includes orchestral, vocal, chamber, operatic and theatrical pieces. Among many prizes and distinctions, let’s mention the CBC Young Composers Competition, where she won the grand prize along with first prize in the chamber music category (1999). The Conseil québécois de la musique awarded her the Prix Opus for composer of the year (2007) and she received the Jan V. Matejcek Award presented by SOCAN (2008, 2011 and 2012). In 2009, she won the prestigious National Arts Centre Award, which includes commissions, residencies and teaching positions over a ten-year period. In the summer of 2012, her opera Svadba (Wedding), commissioned and produced by the Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, received six nominations for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards and won the Outstanding New Musical/Opera category. The opera is currently touring in Canada and Europe until 2017. The Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) recently marked Ana Sokolović’s contribution to musical life by devoting to her the third edition (2011/12) of its Série Hommage. Ana Sokolović teaches composition at the Université de Montréal.