Wayne Strongman, Founder and Former Artistic Director
One of Canada’s most distinguished music directors, Wayne Strongman is a champion of Canadian writers and composers. Mr. Strongman is in demand as a conductor, lecturer and musical dramaturge in Canada and beyond. He has had the privilege of working with creative and performing artists at the Banff Centre, the National Arts Centre, and the Universities of Toronto and Wilfred Laurier, and the Manhattan School of Music as well as directing projects with Vancouver New Music, Montréal’s Centaur Theatre, American Opera Projects in New York and Scottish Opera in Glasgow. Many of Mr. Strongman’s performances have been broadcast nationally on the CBC.
As Artistic Director of Tapestry, he commissioned and premiered over 30 new Canadian operas including Shelter (Salverson/Palmer), premiered in Edmonton in November 2012, the Cantonese-English Iron Road (Brownell/Chan) for the 2001 Millennium, Facing South (Hannah/Smith), The Shadow (Poch-Goldin/Daniel), and Nigredo Hotel (MacDonald/Gotham) which is the most frequently produced Canadian opera in history.
As mentor to countless creative initiates into the world of opera, Mr. Strongman created a truly collaborative environment for an international roster of composers and writers. His commitment to a contemporary practice within the operatic art form has made Strongman an interpretive collaborator for many Canadian singers.
For Tapestry’s 30th anniversary season in 2009-2010, Strongman conducted the world premiere of Dark Star Requiem (Battson/Staniland), his second premiere for Luminato, after Sanctuary Song (Chan/Richardson) in 2008; in 2009, he was named one of 50 Canadian Ambassadors for New Music by the Canadian Music Centre and on January 1, 2010 he was made a member of the Order of Canada for his innovative leadership of Tapestry and his volunteer work with the Regent Park School of Music