A Montrealer by adoption who has lived in the city for 20 years, Serbian-born composer Ana Sokolović has been immersed in the arts since an early age. She studied classical ballet before cutting her teeth in the worlds of theatre and music. She later went on to study composition in Novi Sad and in Belgrade, completing a master’s degree at the Université de Montréal under the supervision of José Evangelista. From 1995 to 1998, she was a three-time recipient of the SOCAN Foundation Award for Young Composers. In 1999, she won the grand prize, along with the first prize in the chamber music category, in the CBC Young Composers Competition. In 2005, she won the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, followed by the Conseil québécois de la musique’s Prix Opus for composer of the year in 2007, and the Jan V. Matejcek Award presented by SOCAN in 2008 for achievement in concert music over the previous year. In December 2009, she won the National Arts Centre Award in Ottawa, which included commissions, residencies, and teaching positions over a five-year period.
Ana Sokolović’s repertoire includes compositions for orchestra, for voice, and several chamber music pieces. Her first opera, The Midnight Court, which was first performed in 2005, had its European premiere at the Royal Opera House in London in 2006. In 2011 and 2012, her music was the focus of some one hundred events and concerts in the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec’s Série hommage tribute performance series. In the summer of 2012, her opera Svadba received six nominations for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards, winning the award for Outstanding New Musical/Opera. This chamber opera, which premiered in Toronto in 2011, was presented to great success at Opera Philadelphia in 2013 and at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 2015.
She recently received a commission from the Canadian Opera Company for La Reine-Garçon, a main-stage opera that will be premiered during the 2019/20 season. The libretto, originally written as a play by Quebec playwright Michel Marc Bouchard, features Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689) as its heroine. Last November, the Émile Nelligan Foundation awarded her its prestigious Serge-Garant Prize for 2015.