Local composer wins $50,000 Walter Carsen prize


The Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and career achievement by a Canadian professional artist.

Photo courtesy Rodney Sharman

Local composer and flutist Rodney Sharman can add another award to his mantlepiece. It was announced on November 21st that the celebrated artist had won the $50,000 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. The prize is awarded on a four-year cycle in dance, theatre, dance and music.

Rodney Sharman has been Composer-in-Residence of the Victoria Symphony, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Vancouver Symphony, and Composer-Host of the Calgary Philharmonic’s New Music Festival, “Hear and Now.” His music has been performed in over 30 countries worldwide.

Sharman’s music is recognized for its utilization of uncommon instruments or unusual ensembles. He is also known for his opera transcriptions, cabaret songs, and music for harp.

Congratulations Rodney!

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