Born in Canada in 1977, William Rowson holds a Doctor of Music degree in composition from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. His composition teachers include Ned Rorem, George Tsontakis, Peter Paul Koprowski and Gary Kulesha. William Rowsons’s works have been performed by orchestras and ensembles across Canada and the United States. His chamber music has been programmed by the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Niagara on the Lake International Chamber Music Festival, the Brott Music Festival and has been broadcast on the CBC. Orchestras that have recently programmed his works include the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, the McGill Chamber Orchestra and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. In addition to composing, William Rowson is an active conductor. He is a regular guest with Toronto’s Talisker Players and is the principal conductor of the Mooredale Youth Orchestra as well as the Hart House Orchestra at the University of Toronto.