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Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music

Brian Current

Brian Current, composer

Photo: Bo Huang

Current winner

Brian Current, for his composition entitled Shout, Sisyphus, Flock (2016)

Brian Current’s music, lauded and broadcast in over 35 countries, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Barlow Prize for Orchestral Music (USA), and the Premio Fedora (Italy) for Chamber Opera. In 2001, his composition For the time being won the International Rostrum of Composers Prize in the category of composers under 30 years of age. In 2016 he won the inaugural Azrieli Commissioning Competition—which is valued at $50,000 and is the largest prize of its kind in Canada.

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What is this prize?

The Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music encourages Canadian professional composers to create avant-garde chamber music and to foster its performance by Canadian chamber groups.

Prize amount


How to Qualify

Apply to the Council.

A peer assessment committee will select the recipient from among all applicants.

For the eligibility criteria for applicants and works, the application form and further information on this prize, see the Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music Guidelines.



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Who created this prize?

The prize was established in 1978 by the Right Honourable Jules Léger, then Governor General of Canada, who always encouraged innovation and excellence.

Further Information

Sarah Brown

Program Officer, Prizes

E-mail: sarah.brown@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 6004

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 6004

TTY: 1-866-585-5559

Next Deadline

June, 2019


Prize Amount


By Application

Cumulative list of winners

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