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Born April 8, 1966, Newmarket, Ontario

JUNO nominated composer John Estacio has composed music for several musicians and ensembles and his works are frequently recorded, performed and broadcast on international radio and television. In addition to “Filumena”, he has composed three other operas, most recently “Ours” which received its premiere in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He has also written a full-length orchestral score for the ballet “King Arthur's Camelot” which is being remounted by the Cincinnati Ballet in February 2017.


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 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, Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, will be performed by twenty orchestras across Canada in 2017/18.


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

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