Concordia University

Sandeep Bhagwati

Professor, Music
director, matralab - lab for research-creation in the performing arts
matrabox EV 4.502 matraoffice FB 630.23/25, Fine Arts

Canada Research Chair for Inter-X Art (2006-2016)

photo by Robert Del Tredici
Office: S-FB 630-23 
Faubourg Building,
1250 Guy
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 3187
Website(s): matralab
The Living Composers Project
Canada Research Chairs


Professor Sandeep Bhagwati is a multiple award-winning composer, theatre director and media artist. His compositions and comprovisations in all genres (including six operas) have been performed by leading performers at leading venues and festivals worldwide. He has directed international music festivals and intercultural exchange projects with Indian and Chinese musicians and leading new music ensembles. He was Professor of Composition at Karlsruhe Music University and Composer-in-Residence at the IRCAM Paris, ZKM Karlsruhe, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, IEM Graz, CalArts Los Angeles, Heidelberg University and Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow.

As Canada Research Chair for Inter-X Arts at Concordia University from 2006-2016, Professor Bhagwati founded and currently directs matralab, a research/creation center for intercultural and interdisciplinary arts. His current work centers on comprovisation, inter-traditional aesthetics, the aesthetics of interdisciplinarity, gestural theatre, sonic theatre and interactive visual and non-visual scores, interdisciplinary 'comprovisation,' live-dramaturgy, and experimental performance topologies.

He has founded and is the musical director of three ensembles of trans-traditional experimental music in Montréal ("Ecstasies of Influence"), Berlin ("Extrakte") and Pune ("Sangeet Prayog"). He has worked with many of the leading musicians of our time, including Wu Wei, Catherine Milliken, Shubha Mudgal, Simon Rattle, Dhruba Ghosh, Dave Taylor, Uday Bhawalkar, Gebrüder Teichmann, Kiya Tabassian, Mark Applebaum, Aiyun Huang, Nicholas Isherwood, David Rosenboom, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, China Found Music Workshop, Ensemble Modern, Lori Freedman, Klangforum Wien, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Jieun Kang, Jocelyn Clarke, Marie Annick Beliveau, Lorraine Vaillancourt, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Ruzicka, Lau Bonitz, Moritz Ernst, Arraymusic, Bozzini Quartet, Sonar Quartett, Berner Streichquartett, etc. and with many artists in fields other than music.

Awards & Grants

1991 European Composition Prize (Academy of Arts Berlin)
1992 Ernst-von-Siemens Prize (for the A*devantgarde Festival)
1995 Cité des Arts Paris Bursary
1997 Residency at Fondation Royaumont (France)
1997 Residency at Abbaye de la Prée (France)
1998 Fellowship at ZKM Center for Arts and Media Karlsruhe (Germany)
1999 Composer-in-Residence at Institute for Electronic Music Graz (Austria)
2000 Composer-in-Residence at Beethoven Orchestra Bonn (Germany)
2003 Composer-in-Residence at Darmstadt Spring Festival (Germany)
2003 Ernst-von-Siemens Prize (for the KlAngRiffe Festival)
2004 Composer-in-Residence at Villa Concordia Bamberg (Germany)
2006 Canada Research Chair Award
2006 Composer-in-Residence at "links - biennial for contemporary music" Heidelberg (Germany)
2007 Composer-in-Residence at California Institute for the Arts Los Angeles (USA)
2009 Guest Professor at the Centre for Transcultural Studies, University of Heidelberg (Germany)
2013/14 Guest Professor at the University of Arts UdK Berlin
2014 Composer-in-Residence, Time of Music Festival Viitasaari Finland
2015 Hind Rattan Award (Jewel of India Award)

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