Ottawa New Music Creators


Sundar Subramanian


Sundar Subramanian is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Technology at Clark University in Worcester, MA. He has taught subjects including music theory, counterpoint, analysis, popular music, and world music at University of Ottawa, Carleton University, University of Regina, and University of Windsor. Dr Subramanian completed his PhD in music composition through the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2011. He completed his undergraduate studies at Carleton University in Ottawa in 1997 and his MA in composition at York University in Toronto in 2005.  

Dr. Subramanian’s compositional interests are wide-ranging, encompassing electronic music, solo works, and chamber music. Dr. Subramanian has had compositions performed at numerous venues in North America by performers including the Madawaska String Quartet, Arraymusic, Seth Josel, Christina Petrowska-Quilico, David Mott, and William Beauvais, and, not least, through many events sponsored by Ottawa New Music Creators. In 2013, he completed a composition for electric guitar with live electronics with the support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board. In 2008, his string quartet Diminished but Returning received honourable mention in the competition for the Brian M. Israel Prize for young composers residing in New York State. Throughout the last two years, he has been involved with the J’Acousmatic electroacoustic concert series in Ottawa

Dr. Subramanian is also active as a theorist. In October 2014, he was awarded the Luther Brown Prize for his presentation “’Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues’: Form, Syntax, and Rhetoric in the Music of the Blues Queens of the 1920s” at the International Conference on the Blues at Delta State University. His analysis of Reginald Smith Brindle’s El Polifemo de Oro has been published in Ex Tempore: A Journal of Compositional and Theoretical Research. 

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