Richard Mascall is an award-winning Canadian composer who grew up in Toronto but originally hails from England. His classical music training began at North Toronto Collegiate Institute, as well as at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Richard went on to study musical composition at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music where his principal teachers were Chan Ka Nin, Walter Buczynski, Derek Holman and Christos Hatzis. He also studied at Wilfred Laurier University with noted Canadian composer and pedagogue Glenn Buhr.
Richard's music first gained public attention in 1992 when his virtuosic work for solo violin, Labyrinth, was performed by celebrated Canadian violinist Andrew Dawes at the CBC Young Composers Competition. Labyrinth was chosen by the CBC to represent Canada at the 1993 International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, France. Since then his music has been widely performed across Canada by many of the leading orchestras, ensembles and soloists. With recent performances of his work in Estonia, England, Finland and South Korea his music is beginning to be heard around the globe. Additionally, Richard has also written for film, scoring Anais Granofsky’s 1999 debut film Have Mercy.
During the past decade, Mr. Mascall has taken a great interest in indigenous art and culture and has composed 11 indigenous-themed works. In January 2012, Richard was honoured with the spirit name ‘Singing Beaver on Water’.
Upcoming commissioned works are to include a tribute to the late French horn soloist, Joan Watson for horn and piano, as well as various new works for the Canada 150 celebrations including a work for the Ensemble Made in Canada.
Richard moved to Leith, Ontario in 2005 where he works as a composer/arranger, violinist, conductor and music educator. From 2006-2010 he served as the Composer-in-Residence for the Georgian Bay Symphony. During that time founded the Georgian Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra and ensemble he directed for twelve seasons.
Mascall's Ojibway Songs was presented at a special gala concert at the Royal Naval College Chapel in Greenwich, London, England in February 2016. It was organized by world renowned violist Rivka Golani, and his composition was featured in a short documentary about event for the Venezuelan TeleSur TV network.
Hear the world premiere of movements from Richard Mascall's latest composition, Kanata, at SweetWater 2017.
Glorious & Free Saturday, September 16, 2017
Roxy Theatre, Owen Sound, ON 7 p.m.
PHOTO BY MICHAEL McLUHAN
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