Christopher Goddard is a Canadian composer and pianist based in Montreal.
As a composer, Christopher Goddard has collaborated with NYO Canada, Esprit Orchestra, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, TAK Ensemble,
andPlay duo, No Exit New Music Ensemble, NOISE-BRIDGE and the Larkin Singers. Recent commissions have come from the Royal Conservatory/Koerner Hall for the 21C Festival and from the City of Reutlingen. He was selected for the 11th International Forum for Young Composers with the NEM, and has participated in the Wellesley Composers Conference, the National Arts Centre Young Composers Program, and the Rencontres de Musique Nouvelle at Domaine Forget. His work has been recognized by the SOCAN Young Composer Awards, the Prix Collégien de Musique Contemporaine, and the Robert Avalon Competition for Young Composers.
The Canadian League of Composers presented him with the 2015 Friends of Canadian Music Award to share with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, who would later select him as their 2016 RBC Foundation Emerging Composer-in-Residence. The resulting work received its premiere in Lisbon and was broadcast on CBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3.
As a performer and advocate of contemporary music, Christopher Goddard has presented dozens of premieres by his colleagues, appearing with new music groups such as Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Columbia Composers, Penn Composers Guild, the Wet Ink Ensemble and others. He has participated in the Samos Young Artist Festival, the Avant Music Festival in New York and was a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy in 2013. He performed with TACTUS, the contemporary music ensemble at the Manhattan School of Music, while studying with pianists Christopher Oldfather and Anthony de Mare. Previous piano studies took place with Nicole Presentey in Ottawa and Kyoko Hashimoto in Montreal.
Christopher Goddard holds a Master’s degree in contemporary performance from the Manhattan School of Music, a Master’s degree in composition from Rice University, and a Bachelor’s degree in composition and theory from McGill University. Principal past composition mentors include Pierre Jalbert, Karim Al-Zand, Chris Paul Harman and Brian Cherney. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in composition with Professor John Rea at McGill University.
Christopher Goddard is an associate member of the Canadian Music Centre and has received support from the Canada Council for the Arts. He currently serves as Artistic Director of Ottawa New Music Creators.