Alexina Louie, Bio
“The music of Alexina Louie bears a personal stamp derived from a unique blend of her Chinese
background, an exotic instrumental palette, both traditional and non-traditional elements of
western music, poetic images, nature, historical studies and a fascination with heavenly
phenomena.” – National Arts Centre, Canada
Acclaimed composer Alexina Louie has collaborated with leading soloists, ensembles and orchestras. Her orchestral works, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, Kent Nagano, and Leonard Slatkin, have been performed by the San Francisco, Montreal, BBC, St. Louis, and Toronto symphony orchestras, as well as China’s NCPA Orchestra, Beijing, among others. Soprano Barbara Hannigan, violinist James Ehnes, and pianist Jon Kimura Parker are among the many celebrated soloists who have performed her compositions. Of Ehnes’ performance of the work he commissioned, in April, 2014 the Edmonton Journal wrote “Beyond Time confirms, if one needed any confirmation, that Alexina Louie, with her kind of 21st century impressionism, is one of the finest composers in Canada today.”
Louie’s work spans a wide range of eclectic styles and technical demands from her much loved pedagogical piano pieces to main stage opera (The Scarlet Princess, Canadian Opera Company commission), virtuosic chamber and solo compositions, as well as works for dance (National Ballet of Canada), film, and television. Her TV projects include the groundbreaking made-for-TV comedic mini-opera Toothpaste and the international award-winning collection of mini-operas, Burnt Toast.
For Louie, composing music is an act of communication and self-expression. She freely
explores various styles and differing inspirations to create music that reveals truths about the
artistic spirit and the times in which we live.
An Officer of the Order of Canada, Alexina Louie has received numerous awards for her lifetime of music creation including two JUNO Awards, The Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize, and The Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.
Her complete catalogue of works may be found on her website at www.alexinalouie.ca