Trevor Grahl

Minor Composition, Teacher Sonology: Music Theory

Born in 1984, Trevor Grahl hails from the small town of Rankin, Ontario. Formal training began at McGill University, with teachers John Rea, Brian Cherney, Jean Lesage, electronic music with Sean Ferguson, and piano with Tom Plaunt. Master studies commenced at the University of California at San Diego, on a full scholarship where he studied composition with Roger Reynolds, Philippe Manoury, Chinary Ung, and Rand Steiger. On a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, he undertook additional studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, working with Richard Ayres.

Trevor’s music is characterized by referential layers, and often, the sound of ‘other musics’ is an integral factor in his compositions. His works have been performed by many groups across North America, Europe, and China including the Ives Ensemble, organist Hans-Ola Ericsson, Asko|Schönberg, trombonist Jörgen van Rijen, Clark Rundell and RKST21, the Nieuw Ensemble, Philip Thomas and Continuum Contemporary Music, organist Olivier Latry, the Winnipeg and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, Brian Archinal, The Göthenburg Opera, The International Ensemble Modern Academy, Jan Hage, the Greek National Opera, the Nederlands Studenten Orkest, Looptail, Anna voor de Wind, the Brno Contemporary Orchestra, and Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands.

Trevor’s music has appeared in many festivals including the Huddersfield New Music Festival, and Gaudeamus Muziekweek and Gaudeamus Montréal. As a performer, Trevor has performed and collaborated with composers Giuliano Bracci, Thanasis Deligiannis, and frequently performs his own organ music.

Trevor currently lives in Amsterdam and teaches orchestration and composition at the Koninklijke Conservatorium in Den Haag, and serves as the artistic assistant of the Orgelpark, a concert venue dedicated to the organ.