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Liam Ritz is the 18-19 HPO Composer Fellow. After a month-long application period and a jury process, Liam is the first to win the title in the inaugural year of the HPO Composer Fellowship Program. The program aims to connect early career composers with professionals in the orchestral world to support their education and development as artistic leaders in their field and community. The program was designed in collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre (CMC) and generously supported by the RBC Foundation through the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Composer Fellowship Program is a robust educational experience offering insight into the creative process and business of orchestral composing. Specifically, the fellowship consists of six months of artistic and professional mentorship with HPO musicians, staff, Music Director Gemma New and Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte.

Canadian-born composer Liam Ritz is currently based in Toronto, Ontario. Liam’s works have been performed in numerous festivals and workshops including the 2014 and 2016 Canadian Contemporary Music Workshops, 2016 Scotia Festival of Music, 2017 University of Toronto New Music Festival, 2013 and 2017 Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra What Next Festival and the 2017 Orford Music Academy. Most recently, Liam was awarded the Pierre Mercure SOCAN Foundation Young Composers Award and the William Erving Fairclough Graduating Scholarship for top-standing within the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Liam recently completed a Bachelor of Music in Composition at the University of Toronto.

As the 18-19 Season HPO Composer Fellow, Liam Ritz is commissioned to write a piece to be premiered at the Intimate & Immersive concert In the Groove on May 23, 2019 at 7:30pm at The Cotton Factory.

The RBC Emerging Artists Project helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established and supports organizations that provide the best opportunity to advance their career trajectory. The program supports arts organizations and artists in a range of genres including visual art, music, theatre, performance, literature and film.

Photo courtesy of Kristian Fourier.


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