Alex Pauk, composer, conductor and educator, revitalized orchestral life for composers across Canada in 1982 by founding Esprit Orchestra as Canada’s only orchestra devoted to new music. Esprit encourages composers to take bold new directions. through building and sustaining Esprit’s high caliber performances, commissioning programme, innovative programming (80% Canadian), recordings, outreach projects, tours, and interdisciplinary arts ventures, Pauk has been a leader in developing and promoting Canadian music at home and abroad. His commitment to the community through Esprit have garnered SOCAN and Chalmers Awards, three lieutenant Governor’s Arts Awards and the Vida Peene Award. He was named Musician of the Year (1999) by peers at the Toronto Musicians’ Association, was recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize (2007) and has helped many composers advance their careers through commissions, performances, recordings and broadcasts. Pauk’s commissioning of Canadian composers is central to his work and he has been a leader in taking new music out of the concert hall and to people in their communities. Alex Pauk has a wide range of experience as a composer with works for every kind of performing ensemble, the theatre, multimedia projects, film and television, as well as dance companies. His Musiques immergées, for chamber orchestra and audio playback, was commissioned by the SMCQ and received its world premiere in Montréal in 2011 under the direction of Walter Boudreau.