List of Works
Audio Samples

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An occasional newsletter announcing concerts, recordings, & projects.

book on music, gesture & rhetoric
article on Fauré's harmony
Robert Rival YouTube View selected works on YouTube.
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Global tapestry - Ananta duo
Sonata "Muskoka" for clarinet & piano (Lake movement). Ananta Duo: "Global Tapestry" (2018). Purchase.

Windermere String Quartet: Inner Landscapes
Traces of a Silent Landscape. Windermere String Quartet: "Inner Landscapes" (2016). Purchase.


Lullaby. Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: "A Concert for New York" (2013). 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards nominee for Classical Recording of the Year. Purchase.



I welcome commissions from individual musicians, ensembles, concert presenters, music patrons, and music-lovers. Funding can come from public or private sources. Applications made through the public granting agencies (e.g. Canada Council for the Arts) use the commissioning rates recommended by the Canadian League of Composers to determine fees. These rates are also a good reference for privately-funded initiatives.

One way to keep costs down is the process of joint-commissioning whereby two or more individual musicians or ensembles jointly commission a new work; each is entitled to a local premiere. This considerably reduces the fee for each commissioner.

To find out more about the commissioning process or to explore an idea you may have, send me an email.

Year Commissioner Work
2023 Amorim, Ho & Rufino
(Edmonton Arts Council)
Semitragic Waltz for 2 violins, viola
2022 Marc Djokic with Sinfonia Toronto, Orchestre classique de Montréal & Thirteen Strings Violin Concerto
(with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts & the ON Arts Council)
2021 Gryphon Trio
for Ottawa Chamberbest
Nature Rhythms I
(with the support of ON Arts Council)
2020 Chor Leoni
(Vancouver, BC)
The Midnight Sea
(finalist, C/4 choral competition)
2020 Marc Djokic for CAMMAC The Grass Is Full of Stars
(with the support of the Canada Council)
2019 Edmonton Recital Society Sunshine Variations for cello & piano
(in memory of Tanya Prochazka)
2019 Scotia Festival of Music Sonata for Cello & Piano
(for Denise Djokic & David Jalbert)
2018 Oras Chamber Choir
(Thunder Bay, ON)
Again...Riding for mixed choir
2017 Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO) Confluence for orchestra
2016 Queen's University L'Aube for mixed choir
(for Pro Coro Canada)
2015 Connie Kaldor Yes, I Can! for orchestra & narrator
2015 Connie Kaldor A Duck in New York City (arrs.)
for orchestra & voice/speaker
2015 Queen's University Ten Miniatures for chromatic kantele
(for Hedi Viisma)
2014 Edmonton Arts Council Badinerie for trumpet & piano
(for Robin Doyon)
2014 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Sonata for Viola & Piano
(for Charles Pilon & Jeremy Spurgeon)
2013 Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Delights & Discords
2013 Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Northwest Passage Variations
2012 Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Symphony No. 2 "Water"
2012 Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Whirlwind
2011 Edmonton Symphony Orchestra "Silent Night" (arrangement)
2011 Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Lullaby
2011 Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Achilles & Scamander
2011 Canadian Music Centre
(ON region)
2011 CBC Radio String Sextet "The Tempest"
2011 Windermere String Quartet
(Toronto, ON)
Traces of a Silent Landscape
2010 Trevor Pittman
(Windsor, ON)
Sonata "Muskoka" for Clarinet & Piano
2010 Elanée Ensemble
(Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)
Sonata for Viola & Double Bass
2008 Talisker Players
(Toronto, ON)
Red Moon & Other Songs of War (chamber version)
2006 Ottawa Youth Orchestra Maya the Bee
2003 Ottawa Youth Orchestra The Great Northern Diver
1999 U of Ottawa Dept of Theatre original songs for Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan