(b. 1978, Guelph, Ontario).
Canadian composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed in Europe and North America.
Mr. Holbrook studied composition with Denys Bouliane and Sean Ferguson at McGill University in Montréal from 1998–2002, where he later studied composition with John Rea. He finished his studies in composition at Columbia University, where he earned his DMA.
Among his honours are First Prize in the category Ensemble of the competition for young composers of SOCAN (2001, for Faith in Gravity; 2003, for Khipus) and the Prix Opus for Création de l'année from the Conseil québécois de la musique in Montréal (2007, for Trans/Fusion). His music has been performed in Canada, France, Germany, and the USA.
He is also active in other positions. He served as composer-in-residence to the McGill Symphony Orchestra in Montréal in 2002 and later served as associate composer to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
SELECT LIST OF WORKS
Faith in Gravity, small orchestra (17 players), 2001
Arc Reflex, small orchestra (14 players), 2002
Khipus, large orchestra (71 players), 2002
Sets and the Senses (I), large orchestra (69 players), 2004–05
Sets and the Senses (II), small orchestra (15 players), 2005–06
Kick the Habit, violin, 2003
Smaller Knives, clarinet, French horn, violin, cello, piano, 2004
-ology, marimba, 2004
Trans/Fusion, piano, percussion, 2005
Clockwork Souls, string quartet, 2005
Wooden Stars, percussion, live electronics, 2006
Dragonfly on Bay Street, flute, clarinet, percussion, 2006–07
Glitch, 4 saxophones, 6 percussion, 2007
Pep Formula, piano, synthesizer, percussion, 2008
Tse to Sea (text by Susan Holbrook), baritone, string quartet, 2001
Catalysis, piano, fixed media (4 tracks), 2000
Citations, 2 pianos, 2000