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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, Pro Coro Canada, 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” which has received several remounts in Canada and was filmed for television and broadcast on PBS. “Filumena” was recently commemorated by Canada Post as a stamp in their "Canadian Opera" series. The Cincinnati Ballet commissioned a full length orchestral score for “King Arthur's Camelot”, with choreography by Victoria Morgan; this ballet 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 toured 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 “Trumpet Concerto”,  commissioned by nineteen Canadian orchestras, was performed across Canada in 2017/18. His orchestral composition “Moontides” was commissioned by KV265 and will be accompanied by a film montage of the lunar tides. The National Youth Orchestra of Canada with conductor Jonathan Darlington toured Canada and Europe with “Moontides” in 2018.


His works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, including performances by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, as well as a performance of his Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in May 2012 by the Edmonton Symphony. The Toronto Symphony also toured the USA with his composition “Wondrous Light”. 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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