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Composer Alice Ping Yee Ho Wins the 2016 Louis Applebaum Composers Award

Toronto, November 8, 2016 - Composer Alice Ping Yee Ho is the 2016 recipient of the Louis Applebaum Composers Award. This year’s $10,000 award recognizes excellence in a body of work by an artist in the field of music composition for theatre, music theatre, dance or opera, and will be presented at Toronto Masque Theatre’s Apollo and Daphne concert at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse on Friday, November 18th.

One of the most acclaimed composers writing in Canada today, Hong Kong-born Alice Ping Yee Ho is a composer who has written in many musical genres and received numerous national and international awards, including the 2014 Prince Edward Island Symphony Composers Competition, 2014 Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Friendship Orchestral Composition Competition, 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award “Outstanding Original Opera” for her opera Lesson of Da Ji, 2013 Boston Metro Opera International Composition Competition, and 2000 K.M. Hunter Artist Award. 

Often featured at national and international new music festivals, (such as ISCM World Music Days, Ottawa Chamberfest, Denmark’s CRUSH New Music Festival, and Asian Music Week in Japan) her works have also been performed by many major ensembles and soloists including the China National Symphony, Polish Radio Choir, Finnish Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, the Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Victoria, and Windsor Symphonies, Amsterdam’s Neuw Ensemble, Penderecki String Quartet,  and Toronto’s New Music Concerts.

 Listen to:
“Cothurnus” composed by Alice Ho for flute, cello and piano (Nov, 2015) by Trinitas Chamber Ensemble

Ms. Ho holds a Bachelor of Music degree in composition with high distinction from Indiana University and a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Toronto.

Ms. Ho was selected by a jury comprising Marie-Josée Chartier, choreographer and director (Toronto, ON); Victor Davies, composer (Toronto, ON), and William Shookhoff, director (Toronto, ON).  The jury members stated that, “Alice Ping Yee Ho is a fresh and individual voice which blends and juxtaposes Eastern and Western forms.  She creates a strong musical connection that bridges cultural communities, and exposes audiences to new sounds and ideas.  Ms. Ho’s approach shows a deep understanding of the important relationship between the stage and audience.” 

The Louis Applebaum Composers Fund was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation in 1998 by Louis Applebaum to recognize excellence in music composition of any genre.  Canadian composer Louis Applebaum devoted his life to the cultural awakening of Canada, and this magnificent obsession drove him to become a founder of the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian Music Centre. He was an instrumental figure in the early development of the National Film Board, the Stratford Festival and the National Arts Centre.  The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award.  The Ontario Arts Council administers the nomination and selection process. 

Previous recipients of the Louis Applebaum Composers Award include: Mychael Danna (film and television), Dean Burry (composition for young people)  David Virelles (jazz), James Rolfe (theatre, music theatre, dance or opera),  Alexina Louie and Alex Pauk (film and television), and  R. Murray Schafer (lifetime achievement). 


For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413


Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2015-2016, the OAF paid over $3.0 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2015-2016 the  OAC funded 1,676 individual artists and 1,125 organizations in 209 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.5 million.

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