#15: An Introduction with Linda Catlin Smith

In today’s introduction to world premieres at the BBC Proms, I’m with Linda Catlin Smith. She’s introducing her new orchestral work Nuages, which is premiered by Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on Sunday 1st September at 7.30pm, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and available afterwards on BBC Sounds.

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Linda Catlin Smith © Claire Harvie

Linda Catlin Smith grew up in New York and lives in Toronto. She studied music in NY, and at the University of Victoria. She has taught composition at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario since 1999. Her music has been commissioned, performed and/or recorded by: Tafelmusik, BBC Scottish Orchestra, Goeyvaerts Trio, Trio Arbos (Madrid), Victoria, Kitchener-Waterloo and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, Arraymusic, Tapestry New Opera, Via Salzburg, Evergreen Club Gamelan, Exaudi, and the Penderecki and Bozzini string quartets, as well as by soloists including Eve Egoyan, Philip Thomas and Elinor Frey. She has had performances at the Tectonics Festival in Glasgow (2017), Huddersfield Festival (2017), Principal Sound Festival (London, 2018) and Louth Contemporary Music Festival in Ireland (2019). Her latest orchestral work was commissioned by the BBC Proms for the BBC Scottish Orchestra. Several solo discs of her music have been released: Thought and Desire, with Eve Egoyan, and four recordings: Dirt Road, Drifter, Wanderer and Among the Tarnished Stars (with Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time), on the label ‘another timbre’. Some of her works are now available through Composers Edition.

To find out more about Linda and her work, please visit her website.

The theme tune is ‘Dusty Rag’ by May Aufderheide. Performed by Joanna Goldstein for Centaur. This podcast is licensed by PRS for Music (www.prsformusic.com).

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