A native of Saskatoon, Bill Linwood is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Victoria’s Aventa Ensemble. He has conducted such classic repertoire as Boulez’s Dérive II, Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto and Ferneyhough’s Flurries, as well as Canadian premieres of a wide variety of Canadian and international repertoire. A champion of the music of Quebec composer Gilles Tremblay, Bill has conducted several programs and recordings devoted to his music. Other recent conducting highlights include the Danish premiere of Norwegian Rolf Wallin’s Appearances, the North American premiere of Anders Nordentoft’s opera On this Planet and the US premiere of Poul Ruders Abysm in New York City. In 2009, in recognition of his dedication and commitment to Canadian music, Bill was named a CMC Ambassador as part of the Canadian Music Centre’s 50th anniversary.