Liam Ross Gibson
( - )
Possessed of an uncommonly eclectic palette, composer Liam Ross Gibson emerges as a forward-looking voice in the Canadian music scene. Recent performance highlights include collaborations with Continuum Contemporary Music and Quatuor Bozzini, and the world premiere of Monstera Deliciosa by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as part of their New Music Festival. As part of the interdisciplinary collective THIRTYMINUTES, Gibson has had recent works showcased in galleries in Berlin and London. His piece Passacaglia was performed in cities across Canada by bassist/composer Dave Riedstra as part of his Topography solo bass tour. Gibson's music draws heavily on traditions of electronic music outside of the classical sphere, as well as incorporating elements of jazz and rock. He has participated in numerous workshops and reading sessions with Schola Heidelberg, Quasar Quatuor de saxophones, the Victoria Symphony, Talea Ensemble, and others. In addition to his life as a classically trained composer, Gibson is active as a pianist/keyboardist and has toured and recorded extensively in Western Canada, playing a variety of genres. Raised on Vancouver Island, he received a MMus in composition from the University of Manitoba, studying under Gordon Fitzell and Örjan Sandred; a BMus in composition and theory from the University of Victoria – composition studies with Christopher Butterfield, Dániel Péter Biró, and John Celona, piano with Eva Solar-Kinderman; and a diploma in jazz piano from Vancouver Island University.