JUNO award-winning composer Jordan Nobles is known for creating music filled with an “unearthly beauty” (Mondomagazine) that makes listeners want to “close (their) eyes and transcend into a cloud of music” (Discorder Magazine).
“Technically, there was no other word for it than that much overused modifier awesome.” Georgia Straight – Vancouver, BC
Jordan has won numerous awards for his work including the 2017 Juno Award for ‘Classical Composition of the Year’, the International Composition Competition of the Unbound Flute Festival (Brisbane, Australia July 2016); the Sacra/Profana (San Diego 2013) , Vancouver Bach Choir (Vancouver 2008), and Polyphonos (Seattle 2011) International Composition Competitions. He placed 2nd in the International Soli fan tutti Kompositionswettbewerbs in Darmstadt, Germany and was a finalist in the C4 Choir Composition Competition in New York., as well as has been chosen to be performed in Wrocław, Poland at the International Society for Contemporary Music’s 2014 World Music Days.
“…breathtakingly beautiful sounds.” The Daily Gleaner – Fredericton, NB
His piece Simulacrum was nominated as ‘Classical Composition of the Year’ at the 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards. His string orchestra work Aurora was the CBC’s official entry at the UNESCO International Music Council’s International Rostrum of Composers in Lisbon, Portugal.
“…an experience of profound emotion.” Kitchener Waterloo Record – Kitchener, ON
Jordan was named the 2009 Emerging Artist in music from the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Awards.
“..the most devastating work I’ve heard in a long time. It comes at you in ripples of heart-breaking melancholy that you only gradually acknowledge as such—you find yourself sad, then sadder, than closer to tears, then struggling not to sob, and not really knowing why. I was crushed by it…” Definitely the Opera, Toronto, ON
He continues to receive many National and International performances and commissions. He is a member of the Canadian League of Composers and an Associate of the Canadian Music Centre.
“It was a huge success…The audience was in trance and we got a standing ovation in the middle of the concert!!!!” Michael Zaugg, conductor, Choeur Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC
Recent projects included commissions for a spatial work for large wind symphony for Arizona State University, a work for soprano and chamber ensemble for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, a concert length spatial work for the Surrey Youth Symphony, and new music for a vast underground chamber commissioned by Metro Vancouver.
“And just such a unique experience was provided, with spectacular effect, by Vancouverite Jordan Nobles‘ A Sign in Space, which scattered the musicians to the far, jagged corners of the Crystal to surround us with music of unearthly beauty. Specially written for the day, Nobles’ piece was as perfectly at home in the ROM’s Crystal as Gabrieli in St. Mark’s Basilica. And the museum-goers were caught in their tracks as they drifted in from neighbouring rooms: spellbound, they stood and spun around slowly, trying to place the sources of the sound. How long was it, ten minutes? Thirty? Time was suspended; I could have sat for hours.” Mondomagazine, Toronto, ON
Awards & Achievements
– Immersion won Classical Composition of the Year at the 2017 JUNO Awards.
– Circle of Fifths won the International Composition Competition of the Unbound Flute Festival in Brisbane, Australia 2016
– Lux Antiqua chosen to represent Canada at the ISCM’s World Music Days in Wrocław, Poland 2014
– Sacra/Profana International Composition Competition (San Diego, USA – 1st Place) 2013
– Western Canadian Music Awards “Classical Composition of the Year” (Regina, SK – Nomination for Simulacrum) 2012
– Polyphonos International Composition Competition (1st Place) 2011
– International Soli fan tutti Kompositionswettbewerbs (Darmstadt, Germany – 2nd Place) 2011
– C4 Ensemble Composition Competition (New York, USA – Honorable Mention) 2011
– Aurora selected to be presented to the International Rostrum of Composers in Lisbon, Portugal 2010
– Still Life chosen to represent Canada at the International Society for Contemporary Music’s World Music Days 2009
– Named the 2009 Emerging Artist in Music at the Mayor’s Arts Awards, Vancouver, BC 2009
– Vancouver Bach Choir National Competition for Large Choirs (Vancouver, Canada – 1st Place) 2008