Born in 1954 in Ontario, Canada
Gary Kulesha is one of Canada’s most active and most visible musicians. Although principally a composer, he is active as both a pianist and a conductor, and as a teacher. Mr. Kulesha’s music has been commissioned, performed, and recorded by musicians and ensembles all over the world.
In 1988, he was appointed Composer In Residence with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, a position he held until 1992. In 1993, he was appointed Composer In Residence with the Canadian Opera Company, a position he held until the end of 1995. On Sept. 1 of 1995, he was appointed Composer-Advisor to The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, where his duties include composing, conducting, and advising on repertoire.
In 2002, he was one of three composers awarded the prestigious National Arts Centre Orchestra Composition Award. Mr. Kulesha currently teaches composition and performance at the University of Toronto.