Dr. Frederick A. Schipizky was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1952. Schipizky pursued graduate studies at the Juilliard School (1976-78) studying composition with Roger Sessions and David Diamond and double bass with David Walter. He received his Master of Music in composition and performance in 1978. That same year he won a position as double bassist with the Vancouver Symphony, a position he still holds today. During his varied career in music Schipizky has been a teacher, performer, conductor, and orchestrator. This diversity has shaped his compositional style, which is eclectic but always maintains a keen sense of melody, counterpoint, and harmony framed by colorful orchestrations. He has written many works for celebratory occasions such as Fanfare to the Royal Visit performed at BC Place Stadium in the presence of Queen Elizabeth. Schipizky's works have been performed throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe, England and Japan. His orchestral works, which form the main body of his oeuvre, have been performed on International and Canadian tours. He has received commissions from the Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, CBC Radio and Expo '86 among many others.

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