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Ritsuko Ueda

Member of the Department of Music


Rita Ueda is a Canadian composer of orchestral, operatic, and choral works that reflect today’s ever-shifting interactions between cultures in flux. With her circle of international collaborators, she strives to be an artist whose “poetic is often very delicate and introspective…” (Guido Barbieri, Warner Classics). 

Recent performances include collaborations with the Vienna RSO, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Prague Modern, Locrian Chamber Players (New York), the Amadeus Choir (Toronto) and the SYC Ensemble Singers (Singapore). Her numerous awards include the 2014 Krzysztof Penderecki International Composers’ Competition (1st prize), 2010 International Mahler Competition (orchestra, 2nd prize), 2011 Estoterics ‘Polyphonos’ Choral Composition Competition (1st prize), and the 2013 Val Tidone Composition Competition (orchestra, 2nd prize). 

Rita received a BFA (Music) from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada) and MFA (Composition) from the California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, USA). She is currently Composer-in-Residence of Sanremo Symphony Orchestra (Italy), and her latest recording in the album, I Solisti Della Scalla - Octets, is available through Warner Classics.

Research interests

  • Choral music
  • Composition
  • Intercultural music
  • New/experimental music
  • Opera
  • Orchestral music