Neil Currie is a composer, pianist, conductor, and lecturer who obtained Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Experimental and Clinical Psychology before obtaining his Doctorate in Musical Arts from UBC.
He studied with leading Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe and has completed two major composer residencies with symphony orchestras in Adelaide and Saskatoon. His commissions include those from London guitarist John Williams and organist Simon Preston. His music appears on nine commercial CDs, including Passionscape, which is devoted entirely to his orchestral music and Rollin' Down #1, which netted Land's End Chamber Ensemble (Calgary) a Western Canada Music award for best classical recording in 2006. He is also an active pianist/vocalist whose jazz piano trio played two contracts for Holland America Lines in 2004. He has played five contracts as Specialty Pianist for Disney Cruise Lines since 2008.
Currie has been the recipient of numerous grants and has been juror for the Australia Council, Canada Council, and Saskatchewan Arts Board. Rhapsody (from Symphony) received a Western Canada Music Award nomination for outstanding classical composition in 2006; Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra (Tumbling Strain) received a national JUNO nomination for outstanding classical composition in 2007. Urban Diversions, a CD of Currie's original jazz compositions, was released in June, 2007. Currie taught many subjects in the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan from 1999-2006. He was appointed Acting Head of Composition at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton in 2007 for a one-year replacement position and joins the faculty of St. Peter's College for the first time in 2010.
Classes: Music 111