Monica Pearce, Canada
Monica Pearce, composer of contemporary music, has an affinity for solo and chamber music, opera, and musical theatre. Her work is widely performed by groups such as the Array Ensemble, TorQ Percussion Quartet, junctQín keyboard collective, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Essential Opera and Bicycle Opera Project. The acquisition of a toy piano from Craigslist in 2008 led to her founding Toy Piano Composers with colleague Chris Thornborrow, a composer collective group that presents new works by emerging musicians. Whimsical performances featuring a variety of instruments demonstrate the group’s innovation, humour, and spirited imagination. www.toypianocomposers.com
Monica has received many awards for her compositions, and is actively involved in the leadership of several Canada-based music organizations.