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Jim Hiscott

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Jim Hiscott was born in 1948 in St. Catharines, Ontario. In 1971, after earning a Master's Degree in Theoretical Particle Physics, he switched to music composition, studying with Samuel Dolin at the Royal Conservatory of Music and David Lidov and Richard Teitelbaum at York University. He is the recipient of the Creative Arts Award of the Canadian Federation of University Women. His compositions have been performed across North America, in Europe and Asia by many artists including the Hilliard Ensemble, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver New Music Society ensemble, Rivka Golani, Arraymusic, and Philadelphia's Relâche.

Jim Hiscott has performed his own works for button accordion in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's New Music Festival, the Vancouver New Music Society series, Toronto's Big Squeeze Festival, and on the main stage of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. He has appeared as button accordion soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Niagara Symphony, and the New Orchestra of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Recent premieres of music by Jim Hiscott include TANGLE (oboe, double bass, percussion), by Caitlin Broms-Jacobs, Meredith Johnson and Ben Reimer, SPIRAL (two violas), by Daniel and Michael Scholz; I SPOKE TO NO ONE... (chamber ensemble), given by the GroundSwell Ensemble conducted by Earl Stafford; THE SONG OF THE STARS (version for soprano and small chamber ensemble) premiered by Maria-Luz Alvarez with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Players and Rodrigo Muñoz; MANIMASII AURA (button accordion and chamber ensemble), with Simeonie Keenainak and the CBC Radio Orchestra conducted by Alain Trudel; BEATING HEART (solo violin and button accordion with chamber orchestra), by Atis Bankas, Jim Hiscott, and the Orchestra of St. Mark's, led by Daniel Swift; IN MEMORIAM WALTER KLYMKIW (SATB Choir, soloists, and violin solo), by the Oleksandr Koshetz Choir with vocal soloists and violinist Gwen Hoebig, conducted by Laurence Ewashko; and NORTH WIND (dizi and orchestra), by Xiao-Nan Wang and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Andrey Boreyko.

STRING QUARTET #2 from his recent CBC Records CD "Blue Ocean / Music of Jim Hiscott" was nominated for Outstanding Classical Composition at the 2004 Western Canadian Music Awards.

 

SPIRIT REEL, LESOTHO, and METIS DANCE VARIATIONS on "Spirit Reel"
(Blue Ocean, OCCD 9071)

DANCING ON WINGS OF FIRE on "Collage"
(Winnipeg Symphony/Tovey/Hiscott) (WSO CD 9401)

UPTOWN MUSIC on "Adventures of Piano Woman"
(Shirley Sawatzky, piano) (NAME Editions, NMM 3)

ROMANTIC NIGHTS on "Rivka Golani"
(Centrediscs CMC CD 5798)

BLUE OCEAN, WAVES OF PASSION, STRING QUARTETS #1 and #2,
and SWIRL, on “Blue Ocean: Music of Jim Hiscott” (CBC Records MVCD 1166)

 

Born: December 4, 1948, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Address: 128 Evanson Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3G 1Z9
Ttel. (204) 786-3054; email: hiscottj@mts.net

Education

- Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music)(Honours), York University, Toronto (1976).
- Studies in theory and composition; Dr. Samuel Dolin, Royal Cons. of Music, Toronto(1971-77).
- Master of Science (Theoretical Physics), University of Toronto (1971).

Awards

- "Composer of the Year"; Winnipeg Free Press, December, 1994.
- Creative Arts Award of the Canadian Federation of University Women, in composition; 1977.
- four B.M.I. Canada Ltd. Centennial Scholarships, for study with Dr. Samuel Dolin, 1974-77.
- Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellowship, at the University of Lancaster, England, 1969-70.
- Governor General's Medal for highest standing in class of 1969; Brock Univ., St. Catharines

Employment history

- 1997 to present - freelance composer, musician and producer
- 2001-2 - Associate Composer, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
- 1977-97 - Music Producer, CBC Radio
- 1971-77 - Music copyist and freelance musician in Toronto

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