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Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music

Kelly Marie Murphy credit Alan Dean

Kelly-Marie Murphy

Photo: Alan Dean

Current winner

Kelly-Marie Murphy, for her composition entitled Coffee Will be Served in the Living Room (2018)

With music described as “breathtaking” (Kitchener-Waterloo Record), “imaginative and expressive” (The National Post), “a pulse-pounding barrage on the senses” (The Globe and Mail), and “Bartok on steroids” (Birmingham News), Kelly-Marie Murphy’s voice is well known on the Canadian music scene. 

Born on a NATO base in Italy and raised on military installations across Canada, Kelly-Marie Murphy’s studies in composition began at the University of Calgary with William Jordan and Allan Gordon Bell. She later received a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Leeds, England. Dr. Murphy was the winner of the Azrieli Music Prize (2018).

After living and working for many years in the Washington D.C. area where she was designated “an alien of extraordinary ability” by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, she is now based in Ottawa. 

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What is this prize?

The Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music encourages Canadian professional composers to create avant-garde chamber music and to foster its performance by Canadian chamber groups.

Who created this prize?

The prize was established in 1978 by the Right Honourable Jules Léger, then Governor General of Canada, who always encouraged innovation and excellence.

For more information

Sarah Brown

Program Officer, Prizes


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Note that the updated guidelines will be posted two months prior to the next deadline. You can submit a nomination electronically via email at julesleger-prizes@canadacouncil.ca

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