* April 7th 1982 in Böblingen, Germany
Instruments: Piano, Electric Bass, Voice​, Guitar

Annette Brosin is a composer and bassist from Germany. She has been writing music since the age of 10. In 2002 she left for Austria to study Tonmeisterei (Sound Engineering) with Jürg Jecklin and Ulrich Vette at the University for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna.

A year later, she entered the composition program and studied analysis, theory, harmony and counterpoint, and composition with Axel Seidelmann, Marcel Reuter, Annegret Huber and Chaya Czernowin. Additionally, she studied jazz theory, composition and arrangement, with Christian Mühlbacher, and applied music (film and theatre) with Klaus-Peter Sattler and Reinhard Karger.
After receiving her diploma in composition in 2009, she moved to Victoria, BC to pursue a PhD in music composition with Dániel Péter Biró.

Annette Brosin's research and compositional interests are concerned with a variety of questions surrounding the increasingly complex relationship between digital technologies and music as a site of cultural reproduction. These questions inform her process of writing music, wherein she explores aspects of memory, historical and cultural disintegration, and the meanings of performance-based concert settings. In these contexts, the roles of repetition and ritual gain increasing significance and materialize musically in Annette's work.

The year of 2018 was a busy continuation of the previous year. In January, her piece "?! !? (interrobang)" (2015) for harpsichord, piano and electronics was released with the rockeys duo's album "brocade". The piece is one of four compositions for harpsichord and/or piano, written by Canadian composers Linda Catlin SmithEmilie LeBel, and Anna Pidgorna. The album was released by Redshift Records and can be found here.

In June, Annette will be guest composer at the Saskatoon Strata Festival, presented by Sask New Music.

A new solo composition was premiered by its commissioner: Toronto based bassist/composer Dave Riedstra, who embarked on a cross-country tour with a bag of solo pieces for Double Bass from Vancouver Island all the way to Toronto. Topography premiered pieces by Annette, Darren Miller, Janet Sit, Liam Ross Gibson, and Kimberly Manerikar.

Annette is looking back at a series of commissions to write music for Mark McGregor, Dave Riedstra, Tiresias Duo, Rockeys Duo, Redshift Music Vancouver, Strata Festival Saskatoon, Bienal Música Hoje, and Contact Contemporary Music Toronto. Her music has furthermore been read and performed by Sylvie Lacroix, Aventa Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Bozzini Quartet, Microcosmos String Quartet, the McGregor-Nesselroad-Barnes Trio, Alan Matheson Jazz Septet, and Vienna's Nouvelle Cuisine Big Band. With performances in Continental Europe, North and South America, her work has also been broadcasted by RBB Berlin, and CFUV Victoria.

She has written, recorded and produced both music and sound design for several theatre productions and has done the same in the field of film on multiple occasions.

As an active participant she has attended master classes in Hungary (Bartók Festival, Szombathely), Austria (IMPULS, Graz), and Germany (MATRIX, at the Experimentalstudio Freiburg) where she was awarded a scholarship, and was invited to participate at the OPERARE workshop for new music theatre hosted by the Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin. 

She has had lessons with Mark Andre, Chaya Czernowin, Detlef Heusinger, Michael Finnissey, Gyula Csapó, Beat Furrer, Johannes Schöllhorn, Vladimir Tarnopolski, and Brice Pauset.

During her PhD program, Annette Brosin received a DAAD scholarship for doctoral studies and was recipient of a University of Victoria fellowship. She was endowed with a Marie E. Vertine scholarship twice, and awarded the Martlet Music Award for Excellence in Advanced Composition.

Her thesis composition ​#ffffff was premiered March 2014 at the University of Victoria, and she defended her doctoral dissertation "Musical Memory, Cultural Memory, and Digital Technologies: Perspectives and Analytical Approaches" in the fall of 2015. Her doctoral committee included Christopher Butterfield, George Tzanetakis, Arthur Kroker, Joseph Salem, and Martin Iddon as external examiner.


She currently teaches composition and music theory as an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Victoria and as a private instructor at various music schools in and around Victoria.



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