Howard Bashaw

White Rock, British Columbia, Canada, 1957

  • Composer

“[…] At once mysterious and down to earth, the music of Howard Bashaw has lain dormant under the exalted mythology of the great reclusive composer, hidden in his basement, working out diagrams of fanatical precision, with a line of disciples behind him who swear by his name and speak it in hushed tones. This state of crazed hermeticism, so prominent in our culture and geography (with its chimerical frontier) fits Bashaw snuggly: the composer spreading a fog around his sources and real intentions, whose music is of a pristine clarity, but which masks a dark and invisible world […]” — Marc Couroux

Born in 1957 and originally from White Rock, British Columbia, Howard Bashaw is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (DMA, 1989). He is currently Associate 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 in France. He has earned a number of awards, including a win the Banff Centre Concerto Competition in 1992. Bashaw’s repertoire ranges from works for solo piano to full orchestra, and includes commissions received through the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the CBC Radio Music Department. His recent projects include works written especially for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra with the Hammerhead Consort, the Société musique de contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), the Vancouver New Music Society (VNMS), the Continuum Ensemble (London, UK), the EastWest Quartet, the Now Age Orchestra, Duo Majoya (organ and piano) and Duo Kovalis (percussion and piano). In addition, his music for solo piano has been premiered by Marc Couroux (Form Archimage), Corey Hamm (Preludes, Book 1), Haley Simons (Preludes, Book 2) and Barbara Pritchard (Hosu), and have emerged in piano and contemporary piano competitions occurring in Britain, France, Japan and Canada. Bashaw’s recordings include Eolian Braid on Traffic by the Hammerhead Consort, and The Bashaw Double CD (Arktos recordings, SRI Canada, 1999 et 2000).