27 Feb


“Hard Rubber Orchestra is Canada’s coolest, nuttiest ensemble” – CBC Music

Categorization doesn’t work on the Hard Rubber Orchestra. The Vancouver-based ensemble may read like a classical group and look like a jazz band, but they don’t sound like anything else in the world… cont’d


Honored with the 2012 Mayor’s Arts Award for Music by the City of Vancouver, we are all proud of John for being formally acknowledged for his awesomeness!

Whether it’s the 18-piece Hard Rubber Orchestra, the 14-piece Drum and Light Orchestra, the 20-piece Goma Dura, one of his many commissioned compositions, film scores, genre-hopping work as a trumpet player, or his work as instructor at VCC; this award celebrates the many ways that John has contributed to Vancouver’s vibrant culture. – Diane Kadota

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Announced by the Vancouver Sun

Tonight I received the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Music. I am very honoured and also was given the pleasure of nominating Eli Bennett as Emerging Artist — John
photo: Eli Bennett John Korsrud and Mayor Gregor Robertson

2012 Honouree Artist John Korsrud

2012 Honouree Artist John Korsrud

John Korsrud is a composer, bandleader, trumpet player, and educator. He studied composition with Louis Andriessen in Amsterdam from 1995 to 1997. Composition commissions include the Vancouver Symphony, the CBC Radio Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, and several Dutch ensembles. His film scores have received Leo and Yorkton Awards and Gemini nominations. Korsrud’s career highlight was performing his trumpet concerto at Carnegie Hall, commissioned and performed by the American Composers Orchestra in 2010.

Korsrud composes for and leads his 18-piece Hard Rubber Orchestra, the 14-piece Drum and Light Orchestra, and the 20-piece Goma Dura. He has produced nearly 100 concerts including operas, TV specials, multimedia, CBC Radio broadcasts, raves, and an ice show for the 2010 Winter Games.

Korsrud is the recipient of the Canada Council’s Joseph S. Stauffer Award, the 2005 Alcan Arts Award and is the second Canadian to receive a fellowship to the Civitella Ranieri in Umbria, Italy. As a trumpet player, he has played almost every genre, from lead trumpet with the Vancouver Symphony to rock bands such as Matthew Good and DOA to new music with Anthony Braxton. Korsrud teaches at Vancouver Community College.

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