Life


 
 

The Canadian composer, conductor and violinist Steeve Chwojko went to England to study composition privately with the British composer Benjamin Britten, then won an international scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK, where he studied composition with Lennox Berkeley and violin with Sydney Griller. For several years he played with the Georgian String Quartet before returning to France in 1978 to study electronic music composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. In 1982 he was appointed Director of the Studio de Musique Électronique at the École Nationale de Musique de Pantin, France. At the same time he completed a doctorate (summa cum laude) at the Université de la Sorbonne in Paris, France.

In 1991 he emigrated to Canada, where he was offered a position at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, giving courses in music analysis, conducting the orchestra and directing the chamber music ensemble. In 1997 he moved to Ontario to take up the post of conductor and music director of the Suzuki chamber orchestra in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2001 he settled on the shore of Lake Simcoe, where he continues to compose and give concerts.

SPLASH FESTIVAL      Go to the Web site 

In 2011 Steeve Chwojko was invited to participate in the first annual SPLASH Festival that took place on the shores of Lake Simcoe in Ontario, Canada. For this "on lake" performance he was commissioned to write a "Boat Symphony", a piece for instruments with the participation of the horns of the boats on the lake. He also conducted the instrumental ensemble in a concert of "Music for the Water".

For the 2012 Splash festival he was commissioned to write three pieces for dance. The intention was for the music to reflect the forest and the lake. Two of the pieces were danced by children. The third, the culmination of the dance sequence, was an aerial ballet choreographed and interpreted by Yurri Nadtotchi of the Cirque de Soleil.

ART GALLERY

In 2009, Steeve Chwojko and his wife, Ewa Chwojko, launched the first of what became several series of shows on art and music. The first series, entitled "Arts Scandals", gave critical presentations of an artist, and the musical world of the time. These multi-media presentations were built around mini-concerts of music that the artist would have heard — or in some cases, music that the artist wrote. The next series, entitles "Arts Café", started from a place rather than one artist, and expanded the initiative to include dance and video.

The success of these shows was such that they were invited to give presentations in Toronto (at the Academy of Realist Art) and in Ottawa, on the occasion of the Caravaggio quadricentennial exhibition (2010).