2021 CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR | Ana Sokolović | | The JUNO Awards

An important figure in contemporary music, Quebec-based composer Ana Sokolović has distinguished herself internationally through her imaginative, rhythm-driven music, with a repertoire that ranges from critically acclaimed operas and orchestra works to powerful solo and chamber pieces.

Originally from Serbia, Sokolović writes music infused with Balkan rhythms and influenced by multiple artistic disciplines. She recently won two back-to-back JUNO Awards for “Classical Composition of the Year”: in 2019 for Golden Slumbers Kiss Your Eyes for countertenor, chorus, and orchestra; and in 2020 for her violin concerto Evta. Her four operas have been performed internationally, including at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; and her 2010 opera Svadba won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for “Outstanding NewOpera.”

Recently, the prestigious, international music publishing house, Boosey & Hawkes, has added the works of Ana Sokolović to its catalogue. For the next three seasons, she serves as composer-in-residence with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. In addition to her activities as a composer, she teaches composition at the University of Montreal.