(b. 27 July 1970, Brooks, Alberta).
Canadian composer of mostly chamber works that have been performed in Europe and North America.
Mr. Godin began private studies in piano at age five and later studied with Helmut Brauss at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where he earned his BMus in piano performance in 1993. He then studied piano with Paul Badura-Skoda in Vienna in 1993–94, when he also attended classes in composition with Peter Burwik, Friedrich Cerha and Erich Urbanner. He studied composition with Howard Bashaw, Malcolm Forsyth and Garth Hobden, as well as music theory with Henry Klumpenhouwer, at the University of Alberta from 1994–96 and there received his MMus. He finished his studies in composition with John Rea at McGill University in Montréal from 1996–2002, where he earned his DMus, on the J. W. McConnell McGill Major Fellowship.
Among his honours are four prizes in the competition for young composers of SOCAN (Serge Garant Prize for chamber music, 1996; Serge Garant Prize for chamber music, 1998; Third Prize, 1998; Second Prize, 2000), a prize from WDR in the NRW-Symposium in Wesel (1997), the Julius Schloss Memorial Award in Music (1998), Third Prize in the competition for young composers of the CBC (1999), and finalist in the competition of the Internationale Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Amsterdam (1999).
He is also active in other positions. He served as co-director of ensemble kore in Montréal. As a pianist, he has performed contemporary music in Canada and Poland.
SELECT LIST OF WORKS
cowboy, marimba, string orchestra, 2000
Emmances, vibraphone, 2 marimbas, 1992
macroHype, alto saxophone, string quartet, fixed media, 1995
flavour!, piano, ensemble (piccolo [+ flute], oboe, clarinet [+ bass clarinet], bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, double bass, percussion), 1998
sweat, violin, cello, 1998
dissect, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1998
d-day, baby..., 2 pianos, 2 percussion, 1998
greyhound, bass clarinet, ensemble (piccolo, flute, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, French horn, trumpet, 2 trombones, tuba, electric guitar, bass guitar, piano, drum kit), 1998 (also version for baritone saxophone, ensemble [alto saxophone, 2 tenor saxophones, 3 trumpets, flügelhorn, 3 trombones, bass trombone, 2 electric guitars, drum kit], 1999)
grip, bass clarinet, 1999
dang, flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, piano (+ celesta), percussion, 2001
orange, flute, 2 clarinets, 3 saxophones, French horn, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, bass guitar, piano, 2001
timeless, drum kit, 2001
slipping into madness is good for the sake of comparison, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2001
solitude, string quartet, 2001
Miniatures, saxophone, piano, 2003
Canto IV, amplified soprano, 2 clarinets, 2 alto saxophones, 2 trumpets, 4 trombones, 1997
melting architecture, piano, electronic sign (by Jenny Holzer), 2000
Emmances. Greg Ferguson, vibraphone; Trevor Brandenburg, Darren Salyn, marimbas (CS: 93001, 1993)
longing... Corey Hamm, organ (Clef: CR96001, 1996)
greyhound (second version). Carl Maraghi, baritone saxophone; Kappa Ensemble (Kappa Ensemble: KAP 02, 2000)