Brian Current studied music at McGill University and UC Berkeley (PhD 2002). His music, lauded and broadcast in over 35 countries, has earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Barlow Prize for Orchestral Music (USA), the Italian Premio Fedora for Chamber Opera, and the Selected Work (Under 30) at the 2001 International Rostrum of Composers in Paris.
Brian Current’s pieces have been programmed by all major symphony orchestras in Canada and by dozens of professional orchestras, ensembles, and opera companies world-wide. His music appears on 10 commercial recordings, including three albums devoted exclusively to his works. The recording of his opera Airline Icarus earned him a 2015 Juno Award for Best Classical Composition of the Year.
Current is also an in-demand guest conductor and regularly leads orchestral programs of contemporary music. He has conducted a wide range of repertoire from Mozart to Takemitsu and has championed nearly 100 works by Canadian composers. He has served as the main conductor of the Continuum Ensemble since 2011 and has guest conducted numerous symphonies and ensembles in Canada, the US, and Italy. Dedicated to education, Dr. Current’s main conducting activities since 2007 have been as director of the New Music Ensemble of the Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory.