Edwards, Wolf (1972-)
Wolf Edwards (b. Montreal, 12 November, 1972) received formal training as an undergraduate at the University of Victoria where he studied composition with professors Christopher Butterfield, Michael Longton, and John Celona. After completing his degree he moved to Montreal to attend private studies in composition and analysis with the Quebec composer Gilles Tremblay. In 2002 Mr. Edwards was granted a two year fellowship from the University of Victoria where he completed a Masters of Music in composition and theory.
Wolf has received many awards for his talents as a composer. These include 3rd Prize in the Canada Council for the Art's Jules Leger Competition for New Chamber Music, 3rd Prize in the First Molinari International Composition Competition (Montreal 2002), 1st Prize in the Strings of the Future Composition Competition (Ottawa 2001), the Sonic Boom Prize in Composition (Vancouver 2000), the Murray Adaskin Prize in Composition (Victoria 1997), as well as a University of Victoria Fellowship (Victoria 2002-2004). His works have been performed in both Europe and North America by such outstanding organizations as the Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal (Montreal), the Victoria Symphony Orchestra (Victoria) the Quasar Quatuor de Saxophones (Montreal), the Sofia Soloists Ensemble (Bulgaria), the Arditti String Quartet (England), and the Quatuor Molinari(Montreal). Due to his high profile work as a composer, Wolf is regularly featured for interview and broadcast by the CBC. He currently lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia.
At the age of three my family began moving to various parts of Canada, eventually settling in the Northern interior of British Columbia. At the age of eleven, we relocated to a rural community on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. After completing high school I moved to Victoria BC and began performing and touring with various political hardcore bands.
Around the same time I managed to complete a degree in music composition at the University of Victoria and start a young family. Upon completion of my degree, my family and I moved to Montreal for two years where I worked various part time jobs and pursued independent studies in music and art. We then returned to Victoria BC.
Throughout my short ‘career’ as a composer in the classical music world, I have had the honor of receiving some recognition through competitions and performances at both the national and international level.
My primary interest is to work directly with performers, who specialize in contemporary music, in order to explore new possibilities in regard to musical expression.