b.1953, Canada

Henry Kucharzyk maintains an active career in the forefront of Canadian contemporary music as a composer, pianist and keyboard player, record producer, thereminist and conductor. His works reflect his interests in digital music as well as analog spatialized music and choreography, and unconventional instrumental forces.

His international commissions include Toronto Symhpony, Nexus Percussion (Canada), Piano Circus (UK) and Studio Grame (France), and his works have been presented at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), the Athens Festival (Greece), Musiques en Scene (France), the Bourges Festival (France), the Banff Summer Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, Wien Modern (Austria) and New Music America . As a conductor he has led orchestral performances of his own works at EXPO 86, the National Arts Centre Ottawa, Place des Arts Montreal and the Wolftrap Festival.

Mr. Kucharzyk began his formal training as a composer at the University of Toronto with John Beckwith and John Weinzweig. He then received his Masters degree from the Yale School of Music, where Earle Brown, Jacob Druckman and Morton Subotnick were among his teachers, and also pursued studies in computer music at Stanford University with John Chowning and Leland Smith.

He has had a long association with Array Music, the Toronto-based new music ensemble, first as Artistic Director for five years.

Artist Compositions


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06/17/1997 Terror and Erebus (A Lament for Franklin) Listen Close

The story of that ill-fated expedition of Terror and the Erebus, under the command of Admiral John Franklin, had long fascinated Kucharzyk, and when he discovered in the archives of the CBC a transcript and tape of Gwendolyn MacEwen’s 1975 radio play on the subject, he seized the opportunity to give musical voice to the tragic tale.