(1943– )Imant Raminsh was born in 1943 in Ventspils, Latvia and arrived in Canada with his family in 1948. His musical studies were pursued at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, the University of Toronto, the Akademie “Mozarteum” in Salzburg, and the University of British Columbia.
He has written for most musical genres, including solo voice, chamber, choral, symphonic, concerto, and opera. His works have been performed frequently on six continents in such renowned venues as Roy Thomson Hall (Toronto), the Orpheum (Vancouver), Carnegie Hall (New York City), Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow), Glinka Capella (St. Petersburg), Dom Cathedral (Riga), and the Forbidden City (Beijing).
His is the founding conductor of the Prince George Symphony, the Youth Symphony of the Okanagan, NOVA Children’s Choir, and AURA Chamber Choir. His Carnegie Hall conducting debut took place in 2006. He has received numerous awards, including the Outstanding Choral Composition Award from the Association of Canadian Choral Communities and the Distinguished Visiting Alumnus Award (University of Toronto). In 2007, he was made an Officer in the Order of the Three Stars of the Republic in Latvia.
He is an associate member of the Canadian Music Centre and the Canadian League of Composers. His principal publishers are Boosey & Hawkes, Colla Voce Music, Alliance Music, Alfred Music, Walton Music, and Plangere.
For many summers, he was employed as a seasonal park naturalist/interpreter in various British Columbia provincial parks, and his love of the natural world informs many of his compositions. Mr. Raminsh is marred to poet and frequent artistic collaborator Beck Strube, and they have one lovely, bright, and talented daughter, Lisa Alexandra Soleil.