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“Palmer’s music can be as sinuous as a torch song or as spiky as Stravinsky.”
— William Dart, The Listener

“A fluent and versatile stylist”
— Owen Mortimer, Opera Now (UK)


New Zealand-Canadian composer Juliet Palmer is known as a “post-modernist with a conscience” (The Listener) whose work “crosses so many genres as to be in a category of its own” (Toronto Star). Juliet is the artistic director of Urbanvessel, a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration. Recent works: Singing River, a site-specific performance installation at the Wonscotonach/Don River (Aanmitaagzi, Native Earth, Evergreen and Pan Am Path), July 2015; Stitch (Dora nominations Best New Opera and Best Production), Slip (Best Experimental Short, Toronto International Short Film Festival), and Voice-Box (Harbourfront World Stage premiere and Fresh Ground commission). Voice-Box was acclaimed as “a performance piece that smashes the boundaries between disciplines and leaves them sprawled out on the mat, down for the count” (Musicworks Magazine).

Upcoming: Sweat, an a cappella opera with writer Chatterton (Center for Contemporary Opera, New York, 2016); and The Man Who Married Himself with librettist Anna Chatterton and choreographer Hari Krishnan (Toronto Masque Theatre, 2017).

Based in Toronto since 1998, Juliet’s work has been featured around the world with performances at: New York’s Lincoln Center, London’s Southbank Centre, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Bath International Festival, Voix Nouvelles France, Italy’s Angelica Festival, Evenings of New Music Bratislava, Musica Ficta Festival Lithuania, NYYD Festival Estonia, The Istanbul Festival, Soundculture Japan, the Adelaide Festival, the New Zealand International Arts Festival and Canada’s Sound Symposium. Juliet was the 2011/12 Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards composer-in-residence at the New Zealand School of Music and the 2012 composer-in-residence of Orchestra Wellington.

Juliet holds a PhD in composition from Princeton University and an M.Mus in performance, composition and time-based art from Auckland University. Her teachers and mentors include: Louis Andriessen, Jack Body, Phil Dadson, Michael Gordon, Eleanor Hovda, David Lang, Paul Lansky, Annea Lockwood, Meredith Monk, Steve Mackey and Julia Wolfe.

Source: Juliet Palmer

Selected Works

bone-flower for chamber quintet  
Buzzard for orchestra  
drift, drop for large chamber ensemble, in two groups  
Egg & Tongue for string quartet  
Foundry for chamber septet  
mindmeat for piano and percussion  
Rush for B flat clarinet and two bass clarinets  
Secret Arnold fanfare for orchestra  
Swerve for orchestra  
W is for for clarinet, trumpet, drum set, keyboard, violin, double bass and 2 sopranos  


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