Gabriel Dharmoo wins two prestigious composition prizes
SOCAN member Gabriel Dharmoo won the Fernand Lindsay Composition Prize on June 13, 2011, as part of 100th annual edition of L’Académie de musique du Québec’s Prix d’Europe, a competition helping young composers further their musical studies outside Quebec. The 2011 jury – made up of prominent Canadian composers Denis Gougeon, John Rea and Ana Sokolovic – awarded the $10,000 award to Dharmoo on the basis of an evaluation of three of his compositions and of his four-month ethnomusicology research project in India and Vietnam. Earlier in the week, the young composer had won the $2,000 Canada Council for the Arts’ Robert Fleming Prize, intended to encourage the careers of young music creators.
After studying composition at Laval University with Éric Morin, Dharmoo undertook further studies at the Montreal Conservatory of Music with Serge Provost, and graduated with great distinction in instrumental composition (2006) and music analysis (2007). A five-time winner of the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, his compositions have been performed by many ensembles including ECM+, Arraymusic, Codes d’accès, Ensemble Chorum, Erreur de type 27 and Motion Ensemble.