Jordan PalThe Afar
Category:Classical Composition of the Year
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
With performances of his works by the Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Quebec Symphony, Gryphon Trio, St. Lawrence String Quartet, and more in the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons, Jordan Pal is regarded as one of Canada’s most exciting new composers. Recently appointed RBC Affiliate Composer of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Pal’s work has been lauded by audiences, critics and leading industry professionals, and has been described as “brilliantly imaginative,” “genuinely compelling” (Concertonet.com), “truly breathtaking“ (Hugh Fraser), and “beautifully crafted” (American Record Guide).
Described as “one to watch” (LaPresse), Pal (b. Toronto, Canada) is considered a leading voice of his generation in the Canadian concert music scene. An award winning composer, he has had the privilege of being commissioned and performed by many of Canada’s finest orchestras and ensembles, including the Gryphon Trio, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Regina Symphony, National Academy Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Symphony Nova Scotia, Thunder Bay Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Brantford Symphony, Scarborough Philharmonic, the Mississauga Symphony, and more. Pal was the National Youth Orchestra of Canada’s 2014 RBC Composer-in-Residence, and in 2014, he was selected as 1 of 3 finalists across all artistic disciplines for the prestigious Toronto Arts Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award. He holds a doctorate degree in composition from the University of Toronto, under the mentorship of Toronto Symphony Orchestra Composer-Advisor, Gary Kulesha.