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Michael Maevskiy (b. 1997) is a Russian-Canadian composer based in Kingston. His music explores conceptual and philosophical ideas, often expressed through visceral gesture and ephemeral apparitions of sound. His style favours rich harmonies and melodic lines transfigured through a contemporary perspective, inspired by his heritage of romantic and contemporary Russian composers.

Michael has written for voice, chamber ensembles, choir, opera ensemble, and orchestra. His music has been performed across Canada and Italy, having the pleasure of working with musicians and ensembles including Véronique Lacroix, Joella Pinto, Quatuor Bozzini, the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, Duo Concertante, and Unassisted Fold. He has also scored for film in collaboration with animators from Sheridan College.

During his time at U of T, Michael had the opportunity to study composition with Abigail Richardson-Schulte, Gary Kulesha, Eliot Britton, and Sasha Rapoport. Michael has received conducting instruction from Gillian Mackay and Uri Mayer, and studied piano performance with Asher Ian Armstrong, and Boris Lysenko. Michael is delighted to have participated in the highly esteemed opera division program, writing an opera scene with full orchestra under the direction of librettist and director Michael Albano and artistic director Sandra Horst.

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