John Estacio ranks as one of Canada’s most frequently commissioned and performed composers. Over the past two decades he has served as Composer-in-Residence at the Edmonton Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic and Calgary Opera. His operas Filumena (2003) and Frobisher (2007) were premiered by Calgary Opera, Lillian Alling (2010) by Vancouver Opera, and Ours (2016) by Opera Avalon. He composed a full length ballet score for the Cincinnati Ballet. He has been commissioned by many Canadian orchestras, and composed a score for the film The Secret of the Nutcracker. John Estacio was nominated for the 2015 JUNO Award for Classical Composition of the Year. He received the National Arts Centre Award for Canadian Composers in 2009 which involved three commissioned works to be written for the Orchestra, the third of which is I Lost My Talk.