On February 28, Montréal-based ensemble Trio ’86 gave the world premiere of and the sky caughtat Providence University College in Winnipeg. The performers were Krista Martynes, Clarinet, Jennifer Thiessen, Viola and Marc Wieser, Piano.
On June 29, Ensamble 3 gave the world premiere of Into Its Own Shadow, a work commissioned for them by the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras. The concert took place in Morelia at the CMMAS concert hall.
On June 9, bassoonist Wendy Holdaway gave the world premiere of Altas Piedras as part of the CMMAS Bassoon Festival. The concert took place in Morelia at the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras.
winter is when snakes, with text by Canadian poet and University of Manitoba Professor Dennis Cooley, was premiered on March 31 at the University of Manitoba as part of an interdisciplinary project by Landscape Architecture Professor Brenda Brown. The performers were: Sarah Kirsch, soprano, Deena Grier, piano, Bronwen Garand-Sheridan, oboe, Edvany Klebia Silva, cello, Luke Nickel, audio technician.
On June 1 the Penderecki String Quartet gave the world premiere of String Quartet No. 4, a work commissioned by them with financial assistance from the Manitoba Arts Council. The concert took place at Wilfrid Laurier University as part of the 2011 QuartetFest.
In June the Agassiz Festival Ensemble presented the world premiere of Piano Quintet, commissioned by the Festival and their artistic director Paul Marleyn in celebration of their tenth anniversary.
On February 2 the Quasar saxophone quartet gave the world premiere of From the bench of shadow, commissioned by them with financial assistance from the Canada Council. The premiere, which took place at the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music, was followed by a Canadian tour.
Winnipeg new music series GroundSwell and the Brandon Chamber Players will present the world premiere of Six Poems of Novica Tadic, written for mezzo soprano Mireille Lebel. Michelle Mourre will conduct the Brandon Chamber Players in concerts in Brandon and Winnipeg on October 27 and 28.
On April 17 pianist Roger Admiral performed Preludes No’s. 1-8 and 13-14 on a concert by the Plexoos Ensemble in Edmonton. The performances of Preludes 5, 6, 13 and 14 were world premieres.
On April 12 Douglas Sanford conducted the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of Symphony No. 3. This two-movement, forty-minute work was written for the Saskatoon Symphony.