Nicholas Fairbank (MMus ’05)

After early studies in Vancouver (piano with Michael Longton, Robert Cooper & Audrey Mallinson, pipe organ with Suzanne Gibson & Patrick Wedd) Nicholas Fairbank pursued advanced musical training in London, England and Paris, France, studying organ with Christopher Herrick, Richard Popplewell and Naji Hakim. He has earned Master's degrees from the Université de Paris (Musicology & French literature), the University of California at Santa Barbara (French language and pedagogy), and the University of Victoria where he studied composition with John Celona, as well as Associateship diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music (gold medal winner for pipe organ, 1981), and the Royal Canadian College of Organists (Willan and Barker prizes 1998).

Nicholas is Artistic Director of the Viva Youth Choirs, Director of Via Choralis chamber choir, Organ Instructor at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and is currently serving as National President of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. As an organ recitalist he has performed across Canada, in Europe, and in Mexico (at the 2011 Festival Internacional de Organo de Morelia).

His catalogue of compositions includes more than 80 works for voice, piano and organ solo, and for various choral and instrumental ensembles. Some works are published by Mayfair Montgomery (CNCM), Cypress Publishing, the RCCO, and FMP, while others are available through the Canadian Music Centre.

His music has received performances across North America and in Europe by such groups as the Turning Point Ensemble, Hexaphone, organists Patrick Wedd, Martin Stacey and Valerie Hall, sopranos Cathy Fern Lewis, Elizabeth MacIsaac and Kerry-Anne Kutz, pianist Richard Raymond and the Quatuor Molinari. Recent commissions have come from Victoria’s Ensemble Laude, Via Choralis chamber choir, Viva Youth Voices, and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Residencies in Banff and in the Arctic have lead to major compositional achievements including performances of the Arctic-inspired choral work Isbjørn!.