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Born April 8, 1966, Newmarket, Ontario

JUNO nominated composer John Estacio is a recipient of the the 2017 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award. His works are frequently recorded, performed and broadcast on international radio and television. His Trumpet Concerto was commissioned by 19 Canadian orchestras and was performed throughout the country in the 2017/18 season. He has written four operas and has also composed a full-length orchestral score for Cincinnati Ballet's “King Arthur's Camelot”


His music has been performed at Carnegie Hall by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony. He is the recipient of the NAC Award for Composers and his music was performed by Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra during their tours of China and the UK. 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. His composition "Moontides" was performed by the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and conductor Jonathan Darlington on their European Tour of 2018.


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

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