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Michael Oesterle

Date of birth29 June 1968

Michael Oesterle was born in Ulm, Germany, in 1968. He immigrated to Canada in 1982, and since 1996 has been living in Montréal. He has received several awards, such as the Gaudeamus Prize, the Grand Prize at CBC Radio National Competition for Young Composers, the Canada Council Jules Léger Prize, and the Canada Council Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award.

Oesterle’s works have been performed and commissioned by ensembles and soloists including Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), cellist Yegor Dyachkov, Ensemble contemporain de Montréal+ (ECM+), the Ives Ensemble (Amsterdam), sopranos Karina Gauvin and Suzie Leblanc, Ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris), Quatuor Bozzini, Groundswell, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (MCO), Soundstreams Canada, Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble (Amsterdam), and les Percussions de Strasbourg.

His orchestral works have been performed and commissioned by the Montreal, Winnipeg, and Vancouver Symphony, as well as The National Arts Orchestra, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.

He has produced projects in collaboration painter Christine Unger, video/installation artist Wanda Koop and Bonnie Baxter, as well as choreographers Isabelle Van Grimde, Barbara Bourget, and Dominique Porte. He frequently collaborates with animation artist Christopher Hinton, having composed music for several of his films films, including CNOTE, which won the 2005 GENIE award for best animated-short.

In 1997 he founded the Montréal based Ensemble KORE with pianist Marc Couroux, and between 2001 and 2004 he was composer-in-residence with l'Orchestre Metropolitain du Grand Montréal.

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