Canadian composer Emilie Cecilia LeBel specializes in concert music composition, the creation of mixed works that employ digital technologies, and intermedia concert works. Described as “writing music that reflects her intelligence and audaciousness” (Sir Andrew Davis); “restrained and beautifully coherent from beginning to end” (barczablog); and “impressively subtle and sensuous” (ConcertoNet), her work inhabits sonic worlds that are primarily concerned with textural landscapes, resonance, and variances in colour.
Emilie’s compositions have been performed/recorded across North and South America, Europe, and the UK, by Mark Takeshi McGregor, Continuum, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Women on the Verge, Duo Nyans, Voices of the Pearl, Cecilia String Quartet, Plumes Ensemble, Quatuor Bozzini, Arditti Quartet, Land’s End Ensemble, Luciane Cardassi, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Onyx Trio and junctQín keyboard collective, among others.
Emilie’s artistic practice has been recognized through several significant awards, including the Land’s End Ensemble Composer Competition (2016), Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award (2015), Canadian Music Centre Toronto Emerging Composer Award (2012), and the Canadian Federation of University Women Elizabeth Massey Award (2012). Her work has received support through the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, The Banff Centre, Canadian Music Centre, University of Toronto, University of Montana, and the SOCAN Foundation.
Based in Edmonton, Emilie currently teaches composition at MacEwan University; and is Affiliate Composer with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Emilie completed her Doctorate in Composition at the University of Toronto in 2013, under the guidance of Gary Kulesha and Robin Elliott.