Two months ago, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra put out a call to find this year’s Young Composer, and a winner has been selected from a pool of other promising applicants. Jacob Ridgway, a grade ten student at Tempo School, will have the opportunity to work alongside the ESO’s Composer in Residence, Robert Rival, as they workshop an original composition by the student over the next six months.
Like other participants in the Young Composers’ Project before him, Ridgway will learn the intricacies of writing for an orchestra under this mentorship–including how to brainstorm new ideas, write for all instruments, create a professional score, and understand the rehearsal process.
Ridgway’s compelling entry demonstrates a great deal of talent, and Rival expressed how “impressed [he] was with the quality of Jacob’s portfolio. His 'Moose in Love' for bassoon and piano lives up to the humour its title suggests,” Rival explains. “It also contains good woodwind writing, as does his Woodwind Trio. (Not surprising, actually, since Jacob is an accomplished clarinetist). He's also a talented pianist and his Prelude for organ reveals a mature and subtle control of form, harmony and voice leading. I look forward to working with Jacob over the next six months as he applies himself to writing for full orchestra."
The Young Composers’ Project culminates in the world debut of the student’s resulting piece, and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will perform Ridgway’s composition during the 2014-2015 season.
About Jacob Ridgway:
(bio provided by artist)
Jacob improvises insatiably at the piano, and has been writing down music of one sort or another for the last ten years. He has been studying piano for nearly the past twelve years, most recently with Joseph Fridman, and has studied clarinet with Dan Sutherland for the past six. He plays clarinet in the Edmonton Senior Youth orchestra, and enjoys playing jazz piano in an ensemble at MacEwan Summer Jazz workshops. He has taken occasional jazz piano lessons from Charlie Austin, and has studied harmony informally for many years with his mother, Cherilyn Michaels, an amateur jazz pianist, and lately with Linda Steinbring.
He is a grade ten student at Tempo School, where his favorite subjects are Math and Latin. He has won numerous awards in national math contests. He participates enthusiastically in debate club, where he hones his inability to take no for an answer to any question. He enjoys programming computers, and in his free time he builds and administers linux machines, and runs his own Minecraft server. He has an avid interest in all the sciences, plays badminton, and his other interests range from economic policy to urban design. He lives in Edmonton with his parents, younger sister, two unruly dogs and a cat.