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Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music

Rita Ueda

Rita Ueda

Photo: Alistair Eagle

Current winner

Rita Ueda for her composition, “As the First Spring Blossoms Awaken Through the Snow” (2021)

Rita Ueda is a Canadian composer based in Vancouver, the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Notable recent works include let us not be the reason why someone out there is praying for peace (2020) and Birds Calling… From the Canada in You (2022), which has been described as “… fresh, thoroughly Canadian, and breathtakingly original” (Musical America Worldwide). She is the winner of the 2022 Azrieli Prize in Canadian Music and the 2014 Penderecki International Competition for Young Composers. Her works have been premiered by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest MÁV Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Prague Modern, and the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra. Rita Ueda holds degrees from Simon Fraser University and the California Institute of the Arts, and she is currently completing her PhD at Durham University (UK).

What is this prize?

Awarded annually, the Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music is a competition for Canadian composers, designed to encourage the creation of new chamber music.

Who created this prize?

The prize was established in 1978 by the Right Honourable Jules Léger, then Governor General of Canada.

For more information


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June 2023


Prize amount


By application

Updated guidelines will be posted 2 months prior to the deadline. You can submit an application to juleslegerprizes@canadacouncil.ca

Cumulative list of winners

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