Originally from White Rock, British Columbia, Canadian composer Howard Bashaw is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (DMA, 1989). He is currently Professor of Music at the University of Alberta where he teaches composition, orchestration, theory and analysis. He has also taught at the University of British Columbia and at the Université Canadienne en France.

(photo:  Jens Gerbitz )

A composer in the acoustic medium, Bashaw has composed for a range of diverse ensembles including the Hard Rubber Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, New Music Concerts, Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, Duo Kovalis, East-West Quartet, Standing Wave, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Hammerhead Consort, Now Age Orchestra, Duo Majoya, Continuum Ensemble (London), and the Augustana Choir. Included among the performers featured in his works for chamber and large ensembles are Cameron Wilson (violin), Allen Stiles (piano), Roger Admiral (piano), Philip Hornsey (percussion), Trevor Brandenburg (percussion), Yan Sallafranque (tuba), Alain Trudel (trombone), William Street (saxophone), Russell Whitehead (trumpet), Dennis Miller (tuba), Ken Read (trombone), Kathleen Corcoran (soprano), Douglas Finch (piano), Tatjana Kukoc (guitar) and Niek de Groot (double bass). While the piano is found in many of Bashaw’s works for ensemble, he has also composed for solo piano - with first performances given by Roger Admiral, Corey Hamm, Barbara Pritchard, Haley Simons and Marc Couroux. Selected by the performers, Bashaw’s piano music has occurred in national and international piano performance competitions. CD releases include: Hard Rubber, Hard Elastic (2008) Form Archimage (2004) and BASHAW (2000). Bashaw has received commissions through the Canada Council for the Arts, CBC Radio Music, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

© 2009 Howard Bashaw