Note John Estacio has been nominated for a JUNO in the Composition of the Year category for his Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra. The Edmonton Symphony with soloists Angela Cheng, Juliette Kang, Denise Djokic and conductor Bill Eddins recorded the concerto for the ESO's "Music for New York" album. The JUNOs will be announced March 14, 2015 in Hamilton.
Note Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra and conductor Pinchas Zukerman toured the UK and performed John's Brio, Toccata and Fantasy for Orchestra in Edinburgh October 24, Nottingham October 26, Salisbury Cathedral October 29, and Bristol October 30. John joined the orchestra on the UK tour. Sinfonietta, a new woodwind quintet, was premiered by the Wood Quintet of the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, England, Saturday October 27, 2014. For more about the NACO tour, go here.
Note Upcoming performances include Bootlegger's Tarantella with the Thunder Bay Symphony Ocotber 23, Triptych with the Edmonton Symphony November 14, 15, Borealis by the Kamloops Symphony November 15, 16, Dreams and Dances by the Penderecki and Lafayette String Quartets on November 28, Variations on a Memory with Orchestra London November 29, the Saskatoon Symphony performs Borealis January 24, 2015, The Houses Stand Not Far Apart with the Grand Philhamronic Choir and the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony on February 21, 2015, Frenergy by the Timpanogos Symphony February 20, 21, 2015, The Twins and the Monster is being performed by the Jacksonville Symphony on April 26, 2015
Note The Allentown Symphony will present Borealis with new video accompaniment created by José Francisco Salgado on April 11,12, 2015.
Note John Estacio was commissioned by the Cincinnati Ballet to compose an orchestral score for the new full length ballet King Arthur's Camelot. With choreography by Victoria Morgan, the ballet premiered February 13 - 16, 2014. You can see behind the scenes videos here.
Note In the autumn of 2013, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and conductor Pinchas Zukerman toured China with Estacio's Brio. The tour included stops in Guangzhou, Fulong, Chongqing, Tianjin, Beijing, and Shanghai. The Hong Kong Symphony also performed Brio with conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni. The piece was also performed by the Edmonton Symphony and the Columbus Symphony and the Victoria Symphony in the 2013/14 season.
Note Two ensembles recently toured with works by Estacio. The Richard Eaton Singers toured Germany with branche, composed for the RES with a text by Ted Blodgett. Meanwhile the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia performed Prairie Ride and Sunset on their tour of Europe.
Note Internationally reknowned baritone Russell Braun and the Grammy Award winning violinist James Ehnes recently premiered a new song cycle, Away and Awake. With words by John Murrell and commisioned by the Women's Musical Club of Toronto, the piece premiered May 2, 2013 at Koerner Hall, Toronto, with Carolyn Maule on piano.
Note The Edmonton Symphony released a CD of Estacio's Triple Concerto. The ESO gave the American premiere at their Carnegie Hall debut on May 8, 2012. Recently revised, this was the first time the concerto had been performed since its premiere in 1997. The concert CD also included works by Allan Gilliland, Robert Rival and Martinu. John's concerto and the CD were nominated for 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards.
Note For more information about the Triple Concerto, click here to listen to the ESO's podcast featuring excerpts from the piece. Click here to listen to John's recent interview on The Unknown Studio.
Note Filumena, Estacio and Murrell's first opera, recently received its American broadcast premiere on KSPS, the PBS affiliate in Spokane. Click here for a short trailer for the Filumena DVD.
Note You can read more about John Estacio at the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada.
Note You can follow John on Twitter @EstacioComposer

Filumena, Estacio and Murrell's first opera, is available on DVD. Click on Filumena for more information about the opera and how to get a copy of the DVD. Click here for a short trailer of the DVD.