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Michael Selvaggi is a Richmond Hill-based Canadian composer of contemporary music and a soon-to-be fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, where he is working towards a B.Mus. in Composition. He has been a participant of the Precept.Concept.Percept masterclass in Amsterdam, has received Honourable Mention in the ACTIVATE Award Program, was selected as one of ten international composers to premiere a work with the Julius Quartet through the EMERGE Competition, was selected as a winner for the 2020 OSSIA International Call for Scores, was selected as a composer for the 2021 Arraymusic Young Composer’s Workshop, and will soon collaborate alongside Toronto-based performers through the Canadian Music Centre for a premiere. Michael has worked with Toronto’s Concreamus Chamber Choir, Women on the Verge, and is a current Lead Composer for Green Room Music’s newest multimedia project, “The Gallery”. His interest in exploratory music manifests through combining the familiar with the unfamiliar, specializing in the unknown and often pleasantly discomforting realm of new concert music. Currently studying under the mentorship of James Rolfe, Michael is exploring the realms of spectral composition, extended technique, microtonality, and soundscape. His musical output lies within a wide variety of genres, often incorporating various forms of electroacoustic media—and anything between. Michael is excited to advance his studies in Composition and is delighted to continue to share his works with the public—hopefully inspiring others to appreciate the unusual beauty in experimental and spectrally-explorative noise music.

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