Gordon Fitzell joined the faculty in 2005. He served as Associate Dean from 2013-2016, and currently teaches composition and experimental improvisation. As a composer, he has worked with a wide range of artists including Ensemble Mosaik (Germany), Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain (France), and Trio Fibonacci (Canada). His music has been conducted by Robert Aitken, Daniel Kawka, Véronique Lacroix, Reinbert de Leeuw and Bramwell Tovey, and has been performed at international festivals including the Tanglewood Music Festival (USA), the Pan Music Festival (South Korea), and the Darmstädter Ferienkurse (Germany). Gordon’s compositions are featured on a number of albums, including GRAMMY-winning and JUNO-nominated recordings. In addition to concert music he has presented sound installations in North America and Europe, and produced recordings for other artists. Since 2009 he has served as Artistic Co-Director of Winnipeg’s new music organization GroundSwell.
Gordon’s composition projects have included collaborations with international artists including Ensemble Mosaik (Germany), Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain (France) and BIT20 Ensemble (Norway). He has also collaborated with various of his colleagues at the University of Manitoba, including recording projects with Allen Harrington, Laura Loewen, and Mel Braun, and numerous concert events with Örjan Sandred and other faculty members. Over the years he and his colleagues have hosted conferences, masterclasses, presentations, reading sessions and other special events featuring leading Canadian and international artists like Eighth Blackbird (USA), Ensemble Heidelberg (Germany), Steve Reich (USA), Hans Tutschku (Germany/USA), The Pearls Before Swine Experience (Sweden) and the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (Canada).
Gordon recently completed several large multimedia works for Canadian and international ensembles, and is currently enjoying work on a number of smaller commissions. These include pieces for Vancouver’s Standing Wave Ensemble and the U.S./Canada saxophone group Duo d'Entre-Deux. In 2021 he will serve as Guest Composer of Canada’s E-Gré National Music Competition.
Gordon’s compositions are featured on a number of albums, including GRAMMY-winning and JUNO-nominated recordings. Most recently, his work Bomb Crater Garden for electric guitar quartet was released on an album by Montreal’s Instruments of Happiness. In addition to concert music he has presented sound installations in North America and Europe, and produced recordings for other artists.
In addition to his work as a composer, Gordon has published several journals articles, most recently in Circuit: Musiques contemporaines. He has also presented conference papers and spoken about his own music in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Since 2009 Gordon has served as Artistic Co-Director of Winnipeg’s new music organization GroundSwell. In 2010 he received the Rh Award for Creative Works, and in 2018 he was elected to the College of the Royal Society of Canada.