Classical Music & Film Music Composer
Michael Conway Baker is one of the most renowned and prolific composers in Canada and has many honors in the field of music. Michael first gained prominence in 1986 when he wrote three pieces for the World's Fair "Expo '86." Held in Vancouver British Columbia, these pieces included A Fanfare for Expo '86, An Island in Space for the United Nations Pavilion and music for the B. C. Pavilion. In 1991, he received a Juno for Best Classical Music Composition, for his magnificent Piano Concerto. He has been nominated for eleven film awards and received six, including three Genies and an Actra Award for Best Score for a television series - David Suzuki's A Planet For The Taking. He has received several major Body of Works Awards and he is listed in the 2005 Groves Dictionary of Music. In 1997, he was invested with the Order of British Columbia and received The Queens Golden Jubilee Medal. In 2006 he was inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame. Michael's concert music is now over 180 works and includes Symphonies, Concertos, full-length Ballets with the National Ballet of Canada and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Choral Works, Chamber Music, Fanfares, music for piano and for voice. He has composed more than 250 scores for film and television including series such as Road to Avonlea, The Nature of Things and the Beachcombers.