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Biography

Bekah Simms is a Toronto-based composer originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her varied output has been heralded as “nuanced and complex” (NOW Magazine) and “redefining classical music” (Ludwig Van). Propelled equally by fascination and terror toward the universe, her work is often filtered through the personal lens of her anxiety. Foremost among her current compositional interests is quotation and the friction between recognizability and complete obfuscation.

Simms' music has been featured across Canada, in over a dozen American states, Italy, and the UK and interpreted by a diverse range of top-tier performers including Esprit Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Continuum Contemporary Music, Ensemble Paramirabo, the Madawaska Quartet, and the Array Ensemble. She's also the co-founder and co-director of Caution Tape Sound Collective with August Murphy-King, with whom she has presented concerts of new boundary-pushing repertoire since 2015.

In addition to commission and recording funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council, Bekah has been the recipient of over 20 awards and prizes, including the 2017 Toronto Emerging Composer Award and the 2018 Karen Kieser Prize in Canadian Music. Her music has twice been included in the Canadian Section's official submission to World Music Days (2016 & 2019), and in 2016 the CBC included her among their annual 30 hot classical musicians under 30.

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