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RODNEY SHARMAN (b. 1958) is a composer living in Vancouver, Canada. His work has been performed in more than thirty countries and at festivals of new music including the Bourges Festival (France), Ars Musica (Belgium), International Gaudeamus Music Week, Festival Confrontaties, Holland Festival (Netherlands), Wien Modern (Austria), Nyyd Festival (Estonia) the Almeida and Huddersfield Festivals (UK), ISCM World Music Day(Canada, Mexico, Germany, Switzerland), the North American New Music Festival, New Music Across America, Sub-Tropic Music Festival, Bang On A Can (USA) and the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music (Germany), at which he was awarded the 1990 Kranichsteiner Music Prize.

His music has been performed by orchestras in Canada, US, and Europe under conductors Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Mario Bernardi, Andrey Boreyko, Sergiu Comissiona, Charles Dutoit, Hans Graf, Eri Klas, Pavel Kogan, Tania Miller, Ed Spanjaard, Bramwell Tovey, and Bruno Weil. Others who have performed his work include the Aventa Ensemble, Vancouver New Music Society, ARRAYMUSIC, Ensemble SMCQ, Ensemble Exposé, CIKADA Ensemble, het Nieuw Ensemble, Ives Ensemble, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Arditti String Quartet, Quatour Bozzini, St. Lawrence String Quartet, pianists Rachel Iwaasa, James Clapperton, Anthony de Mare, Michael Finnissy, Louise Bessette, Yvar Mikhashoff and John Snijders, organist Hans Ola Ericsson, violinist Denise Lupien, doublebassists Stephano Scodanibbio and Robert Black, flutist Camilla Hoitenga, harpsichordist Colin Tilney, harpists Erica Goodman, Ernestine Stoop, Sharlene Wallace and Rita Costanzi, the Hilliard Ensemble, musica intima and Chor Leoni, singers Valdine Anderson, Brett Polegato, Benoit Boutet and Romain Bischoff.

His music has been choreographed by Marie-Josée Chartier, David Earle, Christopher House and James Kudelka for Benoit Lachambre, Toronto Dance Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada. Elsewhereless, a chamber opera with libretto and direction by filmmaker Atom Egoyan, has been performed in concert in Amsterdam and staged thirty-five times since its 1998 premiere in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver.

Dr. Sharman is a graduate of the University of Victoria School of Music (Victoria, B.C.), the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik (Freiburg, Germany) and the State University of New York at Buffalo, from which he received a Ph.D. in May, 1991. His former teachers include Murray Adaskin, Rudolf Komorous, Brian Ferneyhough, Morton Feldman, David Felder, Frederic Rzewski, Louis Andriessen and Lucas Foss.

Rodney Sharman was Composer-in-Residence of the Victoria Symphony (2008-2010), the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (2004), the Vancouver Symphony (1997-2000) and its Composer/Music Advisor (2000-2001). During 1983-84 he was guest composer at the Institute of Sonology (Utrecht, Netherlands). He has taught at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of British Columbia School of Music, the School for the Contemporary Arts and Faculty of Graduate Liberal Studies, Simon Fraser University.

Rodney Sharman was President of the Canadian League of Composers (CLC) from 1993-98 and was president of the Canadian Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) from 1991-95. He served on the CLC Council from 1988 to 1999.