Hakodate (Japan), 1963
Composer

A composer whose “poetic is often very delicate and introspective… ” (Guido Barbieri, Warner Classics), Rita Ueda is a Canadian composer of orchestral, operatic, and choral works that reflect today’s ever-shifting interactions between cultures in flux. Winner of the coveted 2014 Krzysztof Penderecki International Composers’ Competition, her recent performances include premieres with the Vienna RSO, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Prague Modern, Locrian Chamber Players (New York), the Amadeus Choir (Toronto) and the SYC Ensemble Singers (Singapore). Rita’s chamber operas, One Thousand White Paper Cranes for Japan and Debris, about the connections between Canada and Japan in the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku tsunami disaster, have been performed in Singapore, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Japan and Canada. Her so long as your tears are still in the sea for large orchestra was premiered by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra as one of the mandatory performance pieces during the finals of the 2018 Antal Dorati International Conducting Competition. A final student of the Czech-Canadian composer, Rudolf Komorous, Rita studied at Simon Fraser University and the California Institute of the Arts. She is currently the Composer-in-Residence of Sanremo Symphony Orchestra in Italy.