Ottawa New Music Creators


Maya Badian

“Maya Badian is an important composer. If it does not use some of the extreme devices discovered by earlier 20th century composers, Badian’s music does reflect the accumulated wisdom of a century of experiment and invention.”

– Richard Todd: One of our own, The Ottawa Citizen, March 18, 1997

•    Dr. Maya Badian is acknowledged as the only Romanian-born Canadian composer
to have her life and accomplishments reflected in an international biographical work: The Life and The Music of Maya Badian, A Privilege to Soar by Fred Popovici (338 pages, published by Pro ARS Publications, Ottawa, 2010). 
•    Glimpses Into My Compositional Style and Techniques by Maya Badian (236 pages, published by Pro ARS Publications, Ottawa, 2014) is acknowledged as a Canadian book-premiere as well, as no other Canadian composer has written a book outlining his or her compositional style and techniques. 
•    Orchestral Mirrors of Life: Maya Badian’s Music film-trailer, with background music from original compositions by Maya Badian, is the basis for a docudrama on the composer’s life and music (released on YouTube by Sonia Productions Inc., Vancouver, July 12, 2012) 

“An internationally acclaimed composer” as described in Maya Badian: Orchestral Works CD Review, Winnipeg Sun, February 5, 1999, Badian has now more than 100 published original compositions including symphonies, orchestral music, concertos, cantatas, chamber music, music for multimedia, as well as musicology and pedagogy works. All Maya Badian's works are handled, published, and internationally distributed by Lucian Badian Editions. Her musical output is part of the collections of international libraries, such as Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Bibliothèque Božidar Kantušer, Paris, France, and of many music libraries across Canada, the USA, Europe, Australia, Japan, and National Library of New Zealand. 

Maya started to put on paper her earliest compositions at the age of 5. She graduated at the National University of Music in Bucharest with a Master's degree in composition.
“Maya Badian emigrated to Canada in 1987, after having established herself in Europe as a skilled composer of chamber, choral, and orchestral works. Recently her symphonic work ‘Holocaust - In Memoriam’ (1987) has been performed several times in North America and Europe. Her compositional style draws on main currents of twentieth century European compositions, but is strongly affected by influences of the rich, folk-music heritage of Romania and more recently that of Canada.” Elaine Keillor, Carleton Sound, 1999 

“In 1992, Maya Badian became the first and still remains the only person, in the history of the Université de Montréal, to complete the Doctor of Music, Composition degree in only two years of studies (1990-1992). Her doctoral thesis was the composition ‘Cantata Canada: Cantata Profana’ for Orchestra and Mixed Chorus and its in-depth musicological analysis, and she completed her degree with highest distinction (A+).” A Composer’s Legacy – the Music of Dr. Maya Badian, e-Bulletin. ACWC/AFCC Fall/Winter, 2015 

“Along with her major compositions either for orchestra or for other ensembles, the multiculturalism that made an early impact has proven to be a huge influence in her compositions, as has our country's varied and beautiful landscape. The titles of many of her works reflect her love of Canada, including ‘Reflets laurentiens: Concerto for Clarinet, Saxophone and Orchestra’; ‘Canadian Wilderness and Stillness: Symphonic Evocation on the Group of Seven’; and ‘MultiMusic Canada, a Legacy for the New Millennium for Orchestra and Multimedia’. Her compositions, praised for their musicality and balance, are well structured and very contemporary without being avant-garde.” Paula Roy: Taking Note of an Extraordinary Life, Kitchissippi Times, November 4, 2010

“MultiMusic Canada is a polyvalent symphonic canvas. The idea of this work of symphonic tapestry is extremely original, the proposed goal widely exceeding the pure musical boundaries, thus resulting in a complex image. The accomplishment of an objective of such an extent and conceptual signification could be achieved only through an appropriate mastering of orchestral writing, revealing a high level of symphonic sense. In terms of her musical language,
 Badian portrays ‘the ethnic and cultural complexity of this huge country, Canada’. This is a mark of composer’s fervent devotion to her adopted land. It is a musical achievement of lasting importance. We welcome a new composition: kaleidoscopic, original, profound, sensible and deserving of eternal international significance.” Efim Tcaci: MultiMusic Canada by Maya Badian, Moldova Suverana, June 14, 2001

“Although Maya Badian’s ‘Concerto Grosso’ for Timpani, Obbligato Trumpet and String Orchestra was written in the 1980’s, there is a strong connection between this exciting work and the various musical periods of the past 300 years - a concerto that spans at least 300 years of music and all of its fascinating styles. Badian’s ‘Concerto Grosso’ is a wonderful piece that crosses so many musical styles but still retains a distinct 'Badian' sound and feel.” Eric Paetkau, conductor.

“Badian's Symphony ‘Holocaust – In Memoriam’ has just been released in its first recording. It is a sober, introspective and powerful work, accessible to nearly every listener. Once it becomes well known, it will be reckoned as one of music's most important statements on the Holocaust. Despite the somber palette Badian uses, she shows herself to be a masterful orchestrator, exploiting the subtle differences between instruments and weaving a most affecting tapestry of timbre.” Richard Todd: Holocaust Symphony an important statement, The Ottawa Citizen, September 13, 1997.
“Canadian Wilderness and Stillness, Symphonic Evocation on the Group of Seven is based on my thorough research of techniques used by The Seven Canadian painters, reflecting their creative visions into my music. This principle brought up a symbiosis applied to the metamorphosis of 20th-century techniques both in fine arts and music”. Maya Badian: Glimpses Into My Compositional Style and Techniques
“Celebrating Life in Ottawa” is the 15th CD featuring Maya Badian’s music. 

“I strongly believe that Dr. Badian’s work represent a powerful connection between two so different cultures: South-Eastern European, and North American. She has achieved a highly creative level in her music, blending the unusual sonorities of Eastern European countries with contemporary compositional techniques. Her unique style has brought much acclaim and her works have been performed around the world. Her compositions signify an important and meaningful synthesis at the close of the past Millennium. Her music is a testimony to her constant reflection upon the state of humankind.” Fred Popovici: The Life and The Music of Maya Badian, A Privilege to Soar. 

“Maya Badian’s contributions to Canadian music include publications, workshops, and lectures on contemporary Canadian composers.” Elaine Keillor: Music in Canada, Capturing Landscape and Diversity, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006, p. 268. 

“100 Canadian Composers from Atlantic to Pacific by Maya Badian has become a primary reference book used in Canada and worldwide.” Canadian Music Centre 

“Thank you, Maya, for choosing to come to Canada and for being so generous towards your adopted country. Let’s hope to benefit from all your current and future accomplishments for many years!” Mireille Gagné, Director, Canadian Music Centre, Québec Region, Montréal, 2003

Dr. Maya Badian is a member of the Canadian Music Center, Canadian League of Composers, Association of Canadian Women Composers, Ottawa New Music Creators, Romanian Union of Composers and Musicologists, Union of Composers and Musicologists of Moldova, and International Biographical Center, Cambridge, England.

As a sign of outstanding recognition of Badian’s rank in the Canadian music pantheon, Library and Archives Canada has requested and preserves Dr. Maya Badian's entire output of manuscripts, archival documents and recordings officially titled The Maya Badian Archival Fonds MUS 228, since 1993. Library and Archives Canada. 

Dr. Maya Badian-Munteanu and husband Lucian Badian-Munteanu, M.Eng., who is a Senior Business Manager with the Federal Government of Canada and the founder of Lucian Badian Editions reside in Ottawa, Ontario. 

Please follow these official links to important organizations:

Maya Badian's website ( Music Centre (CMC)
Canadian League of Composers (CLC)
Lucian Badian Editions (LBE)
Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations College of Examiners (RCME)
Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA)
Ottawa New Music Creators (ONMC)
Orchestral Mirrors of Life: Maya Badian's Music" film trailer (YouTube)


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