September 7, 1968
November 9 and 12, 2017
Ana Sokolović initially studied composition in her native Yugoslavia, then moved to Montreal in 1992 to continue studies at the Université de Montréal, where she completed her Master’s degree under the direction of José Evangelista, and where she now teaches. Sokolović has been a three-time winner in the Competition for Young Composers of SOCAN. In 1996, her Ambient V was chosen to represent Canada at UNESCO’s International Rostrum of Composers in Paris; she again represented Canada at this prestigious event in 2009. Also In 2009, along with John Estacio and Peter Paul Koprowski, Sokolović was a winner of the $75,000 National Arts Centre Awards. Other major awards include the Jan V. Matejcek Prize, the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Musical/Opera for Svadba (Wedding), and the Serge Garant Prize from the Émile Nelligan Foundation. In 2011, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec devoted its third Homage series to Ana Sokolović. Within this context, her music was presented in over 200 concerts and events across Canada. This coming March, Montrealers will have the opportunity to see it as part of Opéra de Montréal’s current season. Sokolović recently received a commission from the Canadian Opera Company for a main-stage opera that will be premiered during the 2019/2020 season.
Ringelspiel (Austrian-German for merry-go-round, which is similar to Ringispil in Sokolović’s native Serbian) was commissioned by Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and premiered by that orchestra on May 15, 2013 with Ainars Rubikis conducting. It is laid out in seven short, connected sections. To most of us, a merry-go-round brings back memories of childhood and conjures up emotional responses of nostalgia and naïveté. So too does it for this composer. In addition, Sokolović has derived inspiration from the mechanical aspects of a merry-go-round – its simplicity of movement, its circular motion, its status as an icon of the machine age.