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Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music

Anthony Tan

Anthony Tan

Photo: Helene Cyr

Current winner

Anthony Tan for his composition entitled Ways of Returning (2020)

Anthony Tan intersects instrumental practice with signal processing, synthesized models, sampling, and field recording, resulting in music that explores the identity of sound, and the fluidity of genre.

His composition Ways of Returning (2020) is an 18-minute work for amplified string quartet and electronics, commissioned by Quatuor Bozzini and E27 musique nouvelles.

Previous awards include the audience and jury prize from the ECM+ Generation 2014 tour and the 2011 Giga-Hertz Förder Prize. He holds a Ph.D. from McGill University and the master class from the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden, Germany. He is currently Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Victoria.

To learn more about Anthony, visit his website.

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 ensembles.

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.

For more information

Sarah Brown

Program Officer, Prizes


1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 6004


June 2022


Prize amount


By application

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

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