(b.1972, Canada)

Canadian composer André Ristic, who performs as a both as pianist and accordion player, is also a music theorist whose interests include the mathematical representation of sound and programming models, as well as the musical applications of signal theory and the analytical study of musical manuscripts.

André Ristic has received commissions from the Ensemble TUYO, the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, The Molinari Quartet, the Black Jackets Company and Trio Fibonacci, among others. He studied mathematics at the Université du Québec in Montréal (UQAM) and completed his musical studies at the conservatory in Montréal where he received instruction in composition and piano.

In 2008 he moved to Brussels to join the Piano Faculty at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, where he currently resides.

A new André Ristic work commissioned by Soundstreams will be premiered at the 'Reimagining Flamenco' concert on November 13, 2013. This event will be streamed live on Soundstreams.ca.

Artist Compositions


Premiere Title of Commission Listen
11/13/2013 Boiling Song Listen Close

This composition uses pop and folk material as building blocks but also introduces “...clear reference to liquid heating, bubbles appearing, and the whole thing turning into vapour at the end"

10/30/2011 Uskok Rhapsody Listen Close

Though written for brass, Uskok Rhapsody sounds unlike any brass music with which most ears are familiar. To begin with, its instrumentation is unconventional: three brass quintets rather than the standard ensemble. Ristic describes the work as “a catalogue of psycho-geographic memories” that he collected while visiting the Uskok region of Montenegro.

04/14/2005 Quintette: Variations psychogéographiques sur Tannhaüser Listen Close

Ristic’s piece maps Wagner’s opera to memory and to emotion. As a selective recollection, it has a certain randomness; the notation is almost entirely devoid of specific pitches. Instead, the players read from a page with very specific rhythms and use a reference line to create their own pitch choices.