Dr. Oskar Morawetz,
C.M., O.Ont., Mus.Doc. (1917 - 2007)
Composer and Professor of Music
Oskar Morawetz was one of Canada's leading composers of contemporary
music. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, he composed over 100
orchestral and chamber works which have been performed on five continents, and by
prominent artists such as Zubin Mehta,
Seiji Ozawa, Glenn Gould, Yo-Yo Ma, Maureen Forrester and Ben Heppner.
His compositions have been commissioned by internationally acclaimed
artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, the Orford String Quartet, Jeanne
Baxtresser, Dorothy Maynor, James Campbell, Julian Milkis and Angela Hewitt.
They have been recorded by the leading labels and have been broadcast
numerous times on CBC, and many American networks.
Morawetz' compositions have
garnered him many awards, including two Junos for Best Classical
Composition. He has been bestowed the
Order of Ontario, the Order of Canada, and the Golden Jubilee Medal, among
many other distinctions.