Kherson (Ukraine), 1985
Composer • Performer (voice)

Anna Pidgorna is a Ukrainian-Canadian composer, vocalist and multi-media artist who combines sound, visual arts, writing and carpentry to create works that are dramatic and picturesque. She works extensively with Ukrainian folk singing and incorporates elements of this style in her instrumental music. With an enduring love for the outdoors, Pidgorna draws inspiration from the natural soundscape, often imitating birds and animals. Having studied visual arts from an early age, she incorporates visual elements into some of her manuscripts. Her collaborators and commissioners include: Soundstreams, 21C Festival, New Music Concerts, Gryphon Trio, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Michael Bridge, Rachel Mercer (Toronto); Ensemble Paramirabo, Katelyn Clark, Marina Thibeault (Montréal); Standing Wave (Vancouver); Now Hear This Festival, UltraViolet Ensemble (Edmonton); Sandbox Percussion, Ensemble Mise-En (New York); Delirium Musicum, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra (Los Angeles); Wild Shore Festival (Alaska); Ludovico Ensemble, Trio Klaritas (Boston); Gamin (Korea/New York); Irish Language Art Song Project (Dublin). She is a recipient of two SOCAN Foundation Emerging Composers’ Awards and represented Canada at the ISCM World New Music Days 2013 Festival in Vienna. Pidgorna holds a PhD from Princeton, an MMus from University of Calgary, and a BA from Mount Allison University.