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Born April 8, 1966, Newmarket, Ontario

JUNO nominated composer John Estacio is a recipient of the 2017 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award. He has served as Composer in Residence for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, and the Calgary Opera. He is a recipient of the prestigious NAC Award for Composers. His compositions are programed by orchestras throughout North American and his frequent performances and broadcasts have earned him several SOCAN Concert Music Awards.


In the last decade he has composed numerous symphonic and operatic works including “Filumena” for Calgary Opera/Banff Centre, and his most recent opera “Ours” for Opera on the Avalon in Newfoundland. "Filumena" has received several remounts in Canada and was filmed for television and broadcast on PBS. This opera was recently commeorated by Canada Post as a stamp in their "Canadian Opera" series. The Cincinnati Ballet commissioned a full length score for “King Arthur's Camelot”, with choreography by Victoria Morgan and was remounted in Cincinnati in 2017.


The National Arts Centre Orchestra and conductor Pinchas Zukerman toured China and the UK with his work “Brio”. In 2017, the NACO and conductor Alexander Shelley will tour across Canada with his orchestral work “I Lost My Talk”, inspired by Rita Joe’s poem and commissioned for the Right Honourable Joe Clark on the occasion of his 75th birthday. His latest composition, “Trumpet Concerto”. was commissioned by nineteen Canadian orchestras and will be performed across Canada in 2017/18.


The Richard Eaton Singers toured Europe with his choral work “branche” in the summer of 2013. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet featured several of Estacio’s orchestral compositions in a new ballet “Wonderland” with choreography by Shawn Hounsell. He has also composed a song cycle for baritone and violin, premiered by Russell Braun and James Ehnes.


His works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, including performances by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and a performance of his Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in May 2012 by the Edmonton Symphony.


During the past few seasons, the National Youth Orchestra of the Americas toured the US and Canada with Bootlegger's Tarantella. The Los Angeles Philharmonic, along with acclaimed tenor Ben Heppner, toured Europe with Estacio’s arrangements of Seven Songs of Jean Sibelius. In 2008, his cantata The Houses Stand Not Far Apart was premiered by a number or choirs. His orchestral works have been performed by all the major Canadian orchestras, as well as the Houston Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and orchestras in Europe, South America and Asia.


To learn more about John Estacio, please visit him at his website:

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