Composer, conductor, oboist
Stewart Grant has written numerous arrangements of jazz and popular music for string quartet, wind quintet and other instrumental ensembles, as well as symphonic settings of songs for Canadian jazz legend Ranee Lee and singer/songwriter Connie Kaldor.
Stewart Grant’s music is rooted in his long-abiding interest in yoga and meditation, his love of nature, and his many years of experience as a conductor and oboist. It draws upon a wide variety of influences - from baroque to jazz, from Mahler to medieval - and fuses them into a style which is contemporary, personal and distinct.
Over the course of his career, he has written works for eminent artists and organizations such as the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Canadian Chamber Choir, Les Jeunesses musicales du Canada, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, violinist Andrew Wan, the Thirteen Strings of Ottawa and contralto Maureen Forrester, but he has also composed commissioned works for the Canadian Festival of Youth Orchestras and community orchestras such as the Oakville Chamber Orchestra and the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra.
His compositions have been performed by orchestras from coast to coast in Canada, including the Vancouver, Newfoundland and Québec Symphony Orchestras, the Calgary Philharmonic, the National Youth Orchestra, l'Orchestre Métropolitain, Les Violons du Roy and I Musici de Montréal, by ensembles such as the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Aeolian Winds and Le Quatuor Claudel, and by solo artists such as pianists Stéphane Lemelin and Paul Stewart, violinist Martin Beaver, organists Patrick Wedd and Dom André Laberge, and Boston Symphony principal horn player James Sommerville. His music has been frequently broadcast across Canada on CBC Radio and has been performed in Europe, the United States, India and South America.
Stewart Grant’s compositions are available through the Theodore Presser Company, the Canadian Music Centre, and his own website.
Leonard Bernstein with Stewart
Bowen Island in Sunlight
Farewell to Summer
Storm Over Moresby
The Home Guard
“I remember thinking, when I finally seriously set out to be a composer, that my music would end up being a combination of Mahler, Debussy, Bach, Stravinsky, Webern, Jazz, East Indian music and Francesco Landini, and in many ways this has proven to be true.”
- Stewart Grant
B.C. Working Boats