Victoria Composers Collective

Composers – Performers – Concert Curators

Nathan Friedman is a clarinetist and composer currently based in Victoria, BC. He completed his MA in Composition/Experimental Music at Wesleyan University in 2014, studying with Anthony Braxton, Paula Matthusen, Ronald Kuivila and Neely Bruce.  He finished a Bachelor of Music in composition at the University of Victoria in April 2011 after studying composition with John Celona, Wolf Edwards, Dániel Péter Biró and Christopher Butterfield and clarinet with Patricia Kostek and Ed Nishimura. He has also had private lessons and workshops with Michael Finnissy, Chaya Czernowin and Judith Shatin. His compositions have been performed by The Vancouver Clarinet Trio, loadbang, Michael Robert-Broder & Corey Hamm, and others, and read by Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal+, the JACK Quartet and Quasar Quatuor de Saxophones. Nathan is member of A Place to Listen Ensemble and The Swinging Pendulums.

Alex Jang was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1988. While studying percussion and chamber music, he also studied music composition with Christopher Butterfield, John Celona, and Wolf Edwards at the University of Victoria. He has participated in masterclasses with Paul Steenhuisen, Linda Catlin Smith, Peter Ablinger and Bryn Harrison in Vancouver and Huddersfield. He currently plays mandolin and guitar for the Victoria Composers Collective, A Place to Listen, and Omni Temporum.

Recent performances and broadcasts include Sonic Boom Festival (Vancouver), Oak Bay New Music Festival (Victoria), Galerie Paris (Yokohama), Música Experimental da Cámara (Buenos Aires), Concertzender radio (Amsterdam), and the 50th anniversary festival of the UVic School of Music. Examples of his solo & chamber music can be heard on ‘momentary encounters’ (Another Timbre, 2018), featuring Apartment House, Heather Roche, and Cristián Alvear.

Maria Eduarda Mendes Martins is a composer, teacher, and arts administrator living in Victoria BC.

Her compositional output — divided between the worlds of electroacoustic and acoustic music — explores sonic contrasts, gradual development of ideas, and the indistinct similarities between sounds and melodies, foregrounding the endurance of music ideas through different music eras.

Maria was born in Rio de Janeiro (1990 – ), moving to the south of Brazil in 2001 and initiating her music studies in 2006, with piano and theory lessons. In 2007, Maria was accepted into a bachelor’s degree in music composition, at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), being mentored by Celso Loureiro Chaves and Eloy Fritsch (2008-2012). In 2013, Maria moved to Canada in order to pursue her master’s degree in music composition at University of Victoria (2013-2015) with Dániel Péter Biró and Christopher Butterfield, receiving also orchestral conducting training with Ajtony Csaba. After Maria’s graduation, her involvement with the local community and music production led her to stay in Canada, starting a career as a Canadian composer/performer and arts administrator.

Maria’s music has been recorded by Redshift Music, Musicworks (edition #129) and by Urban Arts Berlin collective. It has also been performed by Erica Roozendaal, Orkest de Ereprijs, Neue Vocalsolisten, Quatuor Bozzini, Cathy Fern Lewis, Luciane Cardassi, Mark McGregor, Proteus Saxophone Quartet (among others), in cities along North America, South America, and Europe. Maria currently works as the Community Relations Coordinator for the Victoria Symphony, as well as she co-directs the Victoria Composers Collective.

Lynne Penhale  is a composer and performer based in Victoria.  Her compositions are derived from listening to sound environments such as conversations, traffic, birds, and other noises. She is a trombone player and singer in new music, classical and jazz ensembles. Penhale has a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Theory from the University of Victoria. She is internationally recognized, writing for Orkest Erepris at the Young Composers Meeting in Holland 2013. She has written music for Quatuor  Bozzini, Arraymusic, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, St. Mary’s Children’s Choir, and the Redshift Ensemble. She studied composition with Christopher Butterfield, John Celona, and Daniel Biro. She has also studied and attended master classes with Annesley Black, Carola Bauckholt, Cathy Fern Lewis, Chaya Czernowin, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Detlef Heusinger, Dmitri Kourliandski, Farshid Samandari, Gavin Bryars, Gianluca Ulivelli, Louis Andriessen, Martijn Padding, Richard Ayres, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Steven Tagasuki, Wolf Edwards.


Christopher Reiche Boucher is a composer, performer, and educator living in Victoria BC.  His music has been played by ensembles within Canada and abroad.  He primarily enjoys writing for smaller ensembles using his surroundings as inspiration.  His works are inspired by things such as tables of contents at the beginning of books, the daily crossword, German language lessons, and objects lying around his apartment. Recently his work investigates the relationship between music and the way that it is notated. He frequently performs with the A Place to Listen ensemble. He was the New Music Curator for Open Space Arts Society from 2011 to 2017 and currently is the Librarian for the Victoria Symphony.