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Rose Bolton

Rose Bolton
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  • Faculty, Oscar Peterson School of Music


Fiddle, Strings

Rose Bolton is one of Canada’s most innovative and multi-faceted composers. She is also a teacher and interpreter of the traditional dance music of Canada and the British Isles. As a performer, she began by busking in Toronto’s subway system and playing at Irish pubs and ceilidh dances; and eventually appearing at Mariposa, Mill Race Festival, and Stan Rogers Folk Festival.

As a composer, she has an extensive track record writing music for film, having composed 10 full-length documentary film scores for broadcasters such as CBC, TVO and ArteFrance. In 2016 she premiered her very ambitious work, Song of Extinction at the Luminato festival with over 800 people in attendance. This collaboration with filmmaker Marc de Guerre and Griffin Award winning poet Don McKay, involved Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Viva! Youth Chorus of Toronto. Her concert music has been performed across Canada by Canada’s leading ensembles, including Vancouver Symphony, Esprit Orchestra, Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony and Tapestry Opera.

Rose teaches beginner and intermediate level fiddle at the Oscar Peterson School of Music.