Elisha Denburg



Elisha Denburg’s music has been commissioned, premiered, recorded, and toured across Canada and in the US. He has collaborated with artists such as Valerie Tryon, Arpatambora, junctQín keyboard collective, TorQ Percussion Quartet, New Music Edmonton,  Halifax Camerata Singers, Sneak Peek Orchestra, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Blythwood Winds, Ensemble Paramirabo, Esprit Orchestra, The Bicycle Opera Project, and the Array Ensemble. His music has also been aired on the CBC Radio 2 program “The Signal” with Laurie Brown. His orchestral work, Prelude, premiered by the Sneak Peek Orchestra, was the winner of the UTSO Composition Competition, and was also read by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Elisha also participated in the Summer Composers Program at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

His catalogue focuses on vocal and chamber works, and includes a one-act chamber opera, titled REGINA, about the first female rabbi. REGINA was commissioned by Essential Opera (with librettist Maya Rabinovitch). A graduate of the DMA program at the University of Toronto, Elisha’s major research project focused on the synagogue music of the late Canadian composer Srul Irving Glick, and was funded by the Joseph and Gisela Klinghofer Scholarship in Jewish Studies.

Elisha is co-Artistic Director of the Toy Piano Composers, a collective founded in 2008 by Monica Pearce and Chris Thornborrow, that is dedicated to the presentation of playful and engaging new music in Toronto and abroad. He was formerly the General Manager of the Canadian League of Composers, and currently works at the Ashkenaz Foundation, an organization that celebrates the breadth and diversity of global Jewish music, arts, and culture through its biennial Ashkenaz Festival and a slate of year-round programming, education, and outreach initiatives.