Marjan Mozetich, a Queen’s University School of Music Professor for almost 20 years, has won the 2010 Juno award for best classical composition of the year for “Lament in the trampled garden.”
“I was very pleasantly surprised with the win,” he said.
He has been nominated for many other classical music awards, including the CBC nomination for best selling classical music album in 2001, Professor Mozetich expressed surprise at his first Juno award win. This was one of two nominations this year, with the second piece being “Angels in Flight”.
“Winning the Juno is obviously a huge honour”, he said. “I did not expect to win because I had been nominated for two songs in the same category.”
“Lament in the Trampled Garden” was commissioned by the Canadian Broadcast Company for the 1992 Banff International String Quartet Competition.
Although written 18 years ago, the composition was eligible for the Juno this year because the award is dependent on when the piece was recorded.
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Professor Mozetich has said he first became interested in becoming a composer at the age of 17, and studied composition at the University of Toronto.
He indicated sibling rivalry was the catalyst for his interest in the classics, and said “I was drawn to classical specifically because my brother was into Elvis and rock and roll, and my passion was a reaction to this.”
Queen’s University Associate Dean of the School of Music, John Burge has described Mozetich as both a caring and a sensitive teacher.
The Queen’s Journal quoted Burge as saying “I’ve known Marjan for over 30 years and he’s very dedicated to his craft and creativity. This passionate intensity is strongly reflected in both his personality and music,” said Burge.
The University has had two other music instructors win the Juno, including John Burge last year, and retired Professor Istvan Annhault who won a Juno for classical composition of the year in 2004.
Burge also observed “Locally speaking, both Queen’s and the Kingston community are very supportive of the arts and as composers, we have certainly benefited from this.”
He added that Queen’s having winners for two consecutive years offers a lot or credibility to the University, and also counts in terms of publicity and advertising.