John Estacio

From Wind Repertory Project
John Estacio


John Estacio (b. 8 April 1966, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian composer.

One of Canada’s most frequently performed and broadcast composers, John Estacio has served as composer in residence for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, and the Calgary Opera. These residences yielded several works, many of which can be found on the CD Frenergy, the Music of John Estacio. This CD earned Estacio two JUNO nominations and a Western Canadian Music Award. Estacio is also a recipient of the National Arts Centre Award for Composers.

In addition to several orchestral works, he has composed three operas -- his third opera, Lillian Alling, premiered in Vancouver in 2010. His first opera, Filumena, has been remounted five times and was filmed for television. The ballet Wonderland by the Royal Winnepeg Ballet features several of Estacio’s compositions, including Frenergy. In 2011, the Toronto Symphony gave the Carnegie Hall premiere of the orchestral version of Frenergy.

Estacio has composed music for several Canadian orchestras, and his choral works have entered the repertoire of several choirs. His music is easily understood readily assimilated and never fails to draw the listener into the heart of each piece.

Works for Winds