Biography

A native of Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Craig Galbraith is one of Canada's exciting young composers. He has won awards including the Karen Keiser Prize in Canadian New Music and first prize in SOCAN’s Hugh Le Caine Award, for an electroacoustic work, Silhouette.  He was also a prize winner in CBC’s National Competition for Young Composers, and received its People's Choice award. He performs frequently as a tenor with various choral ensembles, and sits on the Artistic Directorship of the Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop (CCMW), an entity dedicated to promoting emerging composers. Mr. Galbraith is an associate composer with the Canadian Music Centre. 

Galbraith's music has been performed by many distinguished artists and has been broadcast frequently on CBC radio.  He has received numerous prestigious commissions, including those for the Elmer Iseler Singers and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, the Gryphon Trio, and musica intima.  In 2006 he created two short opera scenes with playwrights Leanna Brodie and Dave Carley for Tapestry New Opera Works 2006 “Opera Briefs” – one of which was also presented at the “Word on the Street” festival in Toronto. Recent projects include a chamber opera with Leanna Brodie, and a vocal-chamber work for the Talisker Players.

 Mr. Galbraith recently completed his doctorate in composition at the University of Toronto, and now lives in Vancouver.



Awards and Distinctions

2005 Maurice Wayman Prize (Massey College)
2004
Karen Kieser Prize in Canadian New Music for The Fenian Cycle
2002
McLean Foundation Graduate Merit Schorlarship
2001 Second place, CBC National Competition for Young Composers 2000-2001 for Silhouette. (Electroacoustic Category)
2000
Hugh Le Caine Award: 1st place, SOCAN Awards for Young Composer for Silhouette.
1999, 1998 University of Toronto Fellowship recipient
1999, 1998 Elected Massey College Junior Fellow
1999 Massey College Bursary
1998 Godfrey Ridout Award: 2nd place (no 1st awarded), SOCAN Awards for Young Composers for Super flumina.

Education

2012
Doctor of Music Composition, University of Toronto
2000
Master of Music Composition, University of Toronto
1997
Bachelor of Music Composition, University of British Columbia
1995
Music Diploma : Composition/Voice, Vancouver Community College