Biography


Canadian composer and pianist Anthony (Tony) Genge was born in Vancouver, Canada, in 1952. He worked as a performer of jazz and rhythm and blues for a number of years before studying composition formally.


Genge was a student of Morton Feldman between 1982 and

1985, completing a Ph.D. in composition at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also studied composition with Bruce Mather at McGill University and Martin Bartlett and Rudolf Komorous at the University of Victoria. In 1979, he studied with the Japanese composer Jo Kondo in Tokyo. During this time he also visited several Pacific-Rim countries, studying their traditional music. By the 1990s, the style and influences in his music had become increasingly diverse, and since that time his music has been characterized by its distinctive harmonic language, elegant orchestration and postmodern mix of musical elements. Genge’s solo, chamber, and orchestral music, the first of which dates from the mid-1970s, has been performed and commissioned by leading soloists and ensembles throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan, and his music has also been used for dance and film.


Currently, he divides his time between Antigonish, Nova Scotia

on the East Coast of Canada, where he is Professor of Music at

St. Francis Xavier University, and Victoria, B.C., on the Canadian

West Coast. In addition to his work as a composer, Genge

continues to perform and record as a jazz pianist and can be heard on his

critically acclaimed jazz trio recording Blues Walk.