Anna Höstman (MMus ’05)

Anna Höstman was a student of Christopher Butterfield, John Celona & Gordon Mumma while working towards her Masters degree at the University of Victoria. She later received a Joseph Bombardier scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to pursue a DMA in composition from the University of Toronto where her research focused on the chamber works of experimental Toronto composer, Martin Arnold (MMus ’85, PhD ’95).

From 2005–2008, Anna was composer-in-residence for the Victoria Symphony during which time her opera What Time is it Now?, based on a libretto by P.K. Page, was premiered by the Symphony and recorded and broadcast by CBC radio. 

Anna’s works have been performed in Canada, China, the United States, England, Mexico, Italy and Russia by the Victoria and Vancouver Symphonies, Esprit Orchestra, Quatuor Bozzini, Continuum Ensemble, Thin Edge Collective, Ensemble Paramirabo, Essential Opera, Aventa Ensemble, The Bicycle Opera Project, Contact Contemporary Music, Jane wood, Tapestry, Ina Henning, Kimberly Pritchard, Cathy Fern Lewis, Emma Elkinson, Roger Admiral, Marion Newman, Larissa Koniuk, Amy Horvey, Heather Roche and Musica Reflecta, among others.

She has composed for dance, theatre, experimental film, and documentary with the National Film Board. Her work has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as the BC, Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils. She is currently an Ontario representative of the Canadian League of Composers and an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre.

In 2013, Anna received the Toronto Emerging Composer’s Award from the Canadian Music Centre for a composition using Baroque violin, Baroque cello, harpsichord and traverso based on walking a 200-km stretch of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Anna was the recipient of the 2014 K.M. Hunter award for classical music from the Ontario Arts Council and the K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation.

Her music seeks out sensory and tactile encounters with the world while also extending into story, memory, history, and landscape. Interested in interdisciplinary expression, Anna has worked for a decade with Dylan Robinson and the Intermission Collective on oddly-shaped experimental pieces. She is a member of the Blue Moss ensemble with composers Emilie Lebel and Mitch Renaud.