Nicholas Fairbank


Nicholas Fairbank was born in New Westminster, BC. In his school years he studied piano, organ and French horn, later going on to study organ performance and conducting in London (UK) and Paris (France). He holds Associateship diplomas in organ performance from the Royal Conservatory (RCM gold medal 1981) and the RCCO (Willan Prize 1998), and Masters degrees from UCSB (French) and the Université de Paris VIII (musicology). After some composition lessons with Stephen Chatman in the 90s he went on to complete an MMus degree in composition at the University of Victoria under the direction of John Celona. In 2007 he was appointed an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre.

Mr. Fairbank has been based in Victoria since the mid-90s, and is active in the local choral community as the Director of 3 choirs. At the Victoria Conservatory of Music he teaches organ, harpsichord, composition and all levels of music theory.

While many of his recent compositions have been choral, he writes for many instruments and ensembles. Recent projects have been inspired by participation in residency programmes in far-reaching parts of the world, e.g. Svalbard, Norway in 2012 where he wrote Isbjørn! and the Peruvian Amazon in 2015 from which came Canción amazónica.