b.1954, Canada

Although principally a composer, Gary Kulesha is active both as pianist  and conductor, as well as a teacher.

Kulesha's music has been commissioned, performed, and recorded by musicians and ensembles such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony New Music Festival, Massey Hall New Music Festival, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Banff Centre, the Winnipeg Symphony and the Hannaford Street Silver Band.

Kulesha is the Theory and Composition Department Coordinator at the University of Toronto, where he is also the Director of the Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Artist Compositions


Premiere Title of Commission Listen
06/04/2006 Without Fanfare Listen Close

The Toronto Fanfare Project, a series of eclectic concerts presented as part of the 2006 soundaXis festival of music and architecture, offered an elaborate five-day welcome to this rich literature for brass ensemble, animating some of the great architectural and acoustical masterpieces in the core of Toronto with a celebration of the music of Canada and its northern neighbours

06/09/1998 Sextet Listen Close

The first of Sextet’s two movements (fast and slow) contains the “thinking” of the piece: dramatic and rhythmic, it is full of contrapuntal “games” and theatrical gestures. An opening “motto,” played by solo piano, presents the basic material, from which everything that follows derives in some way.