Lawrence Cherney


Lawrence Cherney’s first professional engagement was as oboist under the baton of Igor Stravinsky in the CBC Symphony. At the forefront of Canadian music for over 40 years, he is often referred to as Canada’s “Ambassador of New Music.” His paramount role in the commissioning, developing, producing, performing, touring and recording of new music by Canadian and international composers has earned him many prestigious awards. Lawrence founded Soundstreams in 1982, which has become one of the most dynamic organizations of its kind in the world and a leader in the dissemination of Canadian music on the world stage. His artistic leadership has inspired productions featuring an eclectic mix of new music and music theatre/opera that have toured in Canada, Europe, the USA and Latin America. In recent seasons, Soundstreams’ touring productions have received high praise from the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, the Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times.