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John Oliver alto saxophone concerto - support it at Indiegogo

Today we launch the Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to support John Oliver in the composition of his new saxophone concerto for Vancouver saxophonist Julian Nolan. The Turning Point Ensemble will present the premiere performance on April 29, 2016 with a repeat performance the next evening. Help Julia and John make this happen!


Scenes from an Intercultural Marriage Canadian Premiere


June 27, 2015, 7:30 p.m. – “Music Garden” featuring Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra & Rong Jun at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Classical Garden, Vancouver Read More...

UNSEEN RAIN now available with guitar accompaniment

I have completed an arrangement for guitar and mezzo of my work originally commissioned for Judith Forst with the CBC Radio Orchestra, UNSEEN RAIN on poetry by Rumi. It was a mammoth undertaking to arrange textural orchestral music for guitar!

You can get a copy of the score at my store.

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Composer John Oliver wins Classical Composition of the Year at Western Canadian Music Awards

John Oliver won the “Classical Composition of the Year” Award at the Western Canadian Music Awards this past Sunday night (October 6) for his orchestral composition Forging Utopia, (CD available here). Read More...