Carmen Vanderveken is a young Canadian composer of French and Brazilian origins. Through the creation of musical and audiovisual works, she strives to express a sense of theatricality where the intimate meets the eccentric.
As a resident composer, her works have been performed by various chamber music ensembles in Montreal such as Musique Avenir, Paramirabo and Montreal Piano Duo. Her artistic practice also extends beyond musical composition, most notably into video art. She has directed short films that, in turn, combine dance, theatre and music. These have been presented at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois as well as the Vidéographe centre.
Having recently completed her bachelor’s degree in composition at the Conservatory of Montreal under Michel Gonneville, she is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Richard Ayres, with the support of the Fonds de recherche québécois en sciences humaines et culture.
Her work has received recognition from the Fondation de la Société canadienne des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (SOCAN), the Montreal Music Conservatory Foundation, the McAbbie Foundation and the Réseau intercollégial des activités socioculturelles du Québec. She also has received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Vidéographe Centre and the Young Volunteers program. During the upcoming year, she will compose for the Plumes Ensemble, Pentaèdre and for a newly formed collaborative project with multimedia artist Matthew Schoen.