Born in 1975
Red Zen, Arctic Symphony
Born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1975, Vincent Ho began his musical training through the Royal Conservatory of Music. He received his Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) in 1993, his Bachelor of Music from the University of Calgary in 1998, his Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto in 2000, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California in 2005. In 1997, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Schola Cantorum Summer Composition Program in Paris, France.
Winner of numerous awards and prizes, Ho has emerged as a much sought-after composer. His music has been performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and l’Orchestre de la Francophonie canadienne, among others. His music has also been featured at numerous festivals throughout North America, China, France, and Italy. He is currently the Composer-in-Residence to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and his self-titled album has been nominated for Best Classical Composition at the Western Canadian Music Awards two years in a row (2007-2008).
In 2008, after his adventerous trip to the Canadian arctic aboard a scientific research vessel, Vincent Ho wrote the Arctic Symphony. He described the land as “wondrous and full of angelic beauty untouched by utilitarian society.”