Esprit embarked on its Debut China Tour in the summer of 2015. Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and the People’s Republic of China, this tour provided an opportunity for developing long-lasting musical exchanges between China and Canada.
Check out Alexina Louie’s blog posts to relive the tour and take a trip down memory lane.
We are very proud to announce that the Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable David Johnston, has appointed Esprit Orchestra's founder, director, and conductor, Alex Pauk, as a member of the Order of Canada.
The Order of Canada, one of Canada's highest civilian honours, recognizes a lifetime of distinguished service to the nation, outstanding achievement, and dedication to the community.
"Conductor and composer Alex Pauk directs the only full-sized orchestra in this country exclusively devoted to performing new music. He founded Esprit Orchestra in 1983, to help revitalize a stagnating contemporary music scene. Over the ensuing decades, his commitment to excellence, his many educational outreach initiatives, and his dedication to commissioning unknown and well-known composers alike have helped turn this tide. His uncompromising stewardship of the ensemble - together with his championship of Canada's composers - has generated a legacy of new Canadian orchestral music."