Anna Höstman


As an artist working in sound and composition, Anna has had her works performed in Canada, China, the United States, Mexico, the U.K., Italy and Russia. Her one-act opera on dementia with a libretto by P.K. Page was premiered by the Victoria Symphony and broadcast by CBC radio. From 2005-8, Anna was a resident composer of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, she received the Toronto Emerging Composer’s Award to write a quartet for early instruments based on walking 200 kilometres of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Anna’s recently-completed DMA in composition (University of Toronto) was supported by a Joseph Bombardier scholarship from SSHRC. Her research, under the supervision of Ryan McLelland, focused on the chamber works of experimental Toronto composer, Martin Arnold.

Anna’s most recent large-scale work, Nuyamł-ił Kulhulmx (Singing the Earth): 11 Pieces about a Place, is an artistic response to the people, environment and spirit of the Bella Coola Valley in coastal British Columbia. It draws on historical and contemporary sources in four languages— Nuxalk, Norwegian, English and Japanese — to create 11 short pieces about an isolated and beautiful place. Created with Sto:lo installation artist Dylan Robinson, Kwagiulth mezzo soprano Marion Newman, Patrick Nickelson, the kind assistance of people from Bella Coola, and the Continuum Ensemble, Singing the Earth incorporates text, installation, video, audio interviews, photography and erasure poetry.