Jean Coulthard Readings

Composer Bios

Jack Campbell
Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major

Jack Campbell is a grade 12 composer, violinist and guitarist. Jack is energized by sound. His music explores minimalism and emotional expression, while experimenting with tension and release. Jack is inspired by the lessons and mysteries of history, nature and art. Jack is honoured that the fourth movement of his Symphony No.1 in B Flat Major, IV, Op. 5 has been selected to be played by the VSO at the Jean Coulthard Readings. Jack’s works were played by the Rose Gellert String Quartet at the LCMS Young Composers Competition in 2018 and 2019. Also at LCMS, in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Jack performed his composition for guitar and piano with Marcel Bergmann. Jack’s piece 176  for vibraphone, piano and contrabass will be performed at Sonic Boom Festival in March 2020. Jack plays blues and jazz guitar with Vancouver vocalist LJ Mounteney. They are currently collaborating on a recording that will include Jack’s original contemporary work. At the VSO School of Music, Jack studies chamber music with Carla Dodek, classical violin with David Lakirovich and jazz guitar with Bill Coon. He studies composition with Rodney Sharman.


Matthieu Foresi
The Monster in the Closet

Matthieu Foresi was born in 2005, in Geneva, Switzerland. Showing an interest in music from an early age, he has been playing piano since the age of three. His orchestral debut with the Richmond Orchestra was at the age of ten during the 2016 Rising Stars Concert. He has won numerous awards in local and international competitions. Most recent achievements include 1st prize in the Richmond Music Festival 2018 Gala Concert, first place at the BC Provincial Festival 2018 and 2019, and second prize in the Junior Division of the 2019 Canadian Chopin Competition.

Also an aspiring composer, Matthieu’s compositions were performed by the Richmond Orchestra, Victoria Symphony players, Standing Wave ensemble, and AdMare wind quintet. He is currently studying composition with Edward Top at the Vancouver Academy of Music.

As a winner of both VAMSO Orpheum Concerto & Young Composer’s competitions 2018, Matthieu has performed with the VAM Symphony Orchestra and had his orchestral piece premiered at the Orpheum Theatre on October 7th, 2018.


Henry From
Petawawa Gorges

Henry From is a 15-year-old pianist, violinist, and composer who has studied composition with Edward Top at the Vancouver Academy of Music for the last four years. His compositions include works for Full Orchestra, String Quartet, SATB Choir, Violin and Piano, Soprano and Piano, Brass ensemble, Woodwind quintet, and other small chamber ensembles. He was a prize-winner in the 2015, 2017, and 2019 Vancouver Chamber Choir’s Young Composer’s competitions. His works were selected for inclusion in the 2017, 2019, and 2020 Sonic Boom Festivals in Vancouver and he is the winner of the Canadian Music Centre Prairie Region’s 2020 Emerging Composer Competition. As a pianist, Henry received first place at the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal’s Manulife Competition in 2018 and he is a member of the chamber music ensemble Trio Savyon. The trio has performed in Boston, Israel, Poland, and Calgary. Henry is on the roster of CBC’s 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30 for 2019.



Aaron Graham
Fight or Flight

Aaron Graham is an award-winning performer, composer, and educator. He recently served as Visiting Instructor of Percussion at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and is currently a Doctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts, where he also teaches percussion courses. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society Scholarly Research Committee, Black Swamp Percussion Educator’s Network, and won the 2014 Percussive Arts Society International Composition Contest. Aaron’s original works have been performed across the world by university and professional ensembles alike, at the Aries Composers Festival, MATA Festival, TUTTI Festival, Turn Up! Multimedia Festival, and at the 2020 ISCM World Music Days in New Zealand.

Aaron is an Emerge Artist with Vancouver-based Music on Main’s 2020 Concert Season, and was chosen as Featured Artist for the 2019 Sonic Boom Festival, along with Julia Chien, who together form the percussion duo Infamy Too! An active educator, his teachings and reviews have been published in Percussive Notes, Rhythm! Scene, The Instrumentalist, the International Journal of Music and Performing Arts, and at The National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, Transplanted Roots Percussion Symposium, Muscan Conference, British Columbia Music Educator’s Conference, and the New Music Gathering.



Peter Krejcar

Peter Krejcar is a student at the University of British Columbia currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Music degree with a major in composition. He began piano study at the age of 6 and has performed in concerts and competitions across Canada. Now he is focused on composing music and promoting new music to audiences in Western Canada. His work has been premiered at the Orford Music Academy in Quebec, by the Standing Wave ensemble as part of their Compocon event in Vancouver and performed in concerts in Alberta.



Lucas O’Brien

Lucas O’Brien is a 16 year old composer studying with Edward Top. He was born in Vancouver, and has lived there his entire life. He was interested in music from a very young age, and began playing classical guitar when he was 7. Currently, Lucas plays guitar, violin, viola, and saxophone, and writes in a variety of styles.



Dan Jeremy Reyes

Dan Jeremy Reyes specializes in the analysis and fusion of genres focusing on their cultural identities with the desire to broaden his perspective on music. Finding the “harmony within chaos” inspires him to establish concepts from a multifaceted compendium of ideas to stimulate an immersive experience. Influenced by a myriad of expressive and romantic composers such as Nobuo Uematsu, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Mahito Yokota and Revo, he aspires to produce works that evoke thematic comprehension and emotional vulnerability. Throughout his developing musical career, he has been under the tutelage of an abundance of acclaimed teachers such as Alana Chan, Owen Underhill, Boris Favre, Robin Layne, Sabrina Schroeder and many more.

Many of his ensemble works such as Vestige’s Repose and Epoch Corridor were performed by an abundance of talented musicians as part of the SFU School for Contemporary Arts’ annual collaborative music concerts and as a winner of the 2018 Vancouver Academy of Music Young Composers’ Competition, his debut orchestral piece Tacheyan’s Reach was performed by the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra at the Orpheum Theatre. Currently, he is studying Music Composition at Simon Fraser University. Many of his arrangements have been performed by local ensembles such as the highly acclaimed Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra and the SFU Concert Orchestra, where he serves as a Co-President and Composer-in-Residence.


Rodney Sharman

Rodney Sharman established the VSO Jean Coulthard Readings in 1997 to provide a learning opportunity for Vancouver’s student composers, and for the VSO to discover new musical voices. Sharman was the VSO’s first Composer-in-Residence and Composer/Music Advisor. He has been Composer-in-Residence of the Victoria Symphony, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Early Music Vancouver’s “New Music for Old Instruments”, and Composer-Host of the Calgary Philharmonic’s New Music Festival, “Hear and Now”. In addition to concert music, Sharman writes for cabaret, opera and dance. He sings, conducts, plays recorders and flutes. Sharman was awarded First Prize in the 1984 CBC Competition for Young Composers, the 1990 Kranichsteiner Prize (Darmstadt, Germany), a 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award (Toronto), and the 2017 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. Website:

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