ALEXANDER Sasha WEINSTANGEL
|Occupation||Arranger, Composer, Conductor, Performer, Teacher|
SASHA WEINSTANGEL (1947-) A violin soloist since early childhood, Dr. Weinstangel garnered prizes in his homeland of (then) Yugoslavia before commencing on tours of Eastern and Western Europe, performing with many well-known conductors and chamber musicians. As a composer, he completed his first published work at the age of nine. Accelerating his studies through high school and music conservatories, he graduated in both violin and composition from University of Belgrade. In addition, he undertook studies in conducting with Sir Adrian Boult and Antonio Janigro, and electronic music with Paul Pignon.
After immigrating to Canada, he received a Doctor of Music degree from University of Toronto in 1990, studying composition/music theory under John Beckwith and electronic music with Gustav Ciamaga and Dennis Patrick. His compositions include film and TV music, operas, chamber, orchestral and choral works, as well as concertos for diverse instruments. Founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the National Chamber Orchestra of Canada, Dr. Weinstangel is a charismatic leader who leads his musicians with vigor and emotion, and is found in turn on the conductor's podium, at the harpsichord, or in concertmaster's chair, as suits the repertoire performed. Dr. Weinstangel has taught in universities in North America and New Zealand, and is also known for his penchant for unearthing unknown early Canadian works, into which he breathes new life and energy.
CAPAC, Canadian League of Composers