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Peter-Anthony’s music is spiritually rooted and contemplative.  It ranges from the ethereally quiet to the explosive outer limits of contemplation. Togni has been heard everywhere from Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall, the Moscow Conservatory, the Oriental Arts Centre in Shanghai, to the Vatican in Rome for His Holiness Pope John Paul II. His music is broadcast regularly in Canada on CBC, as well as internationally, including BBC, Classic FM, Deutsche Wella and Radio France.

Togni’s works have been released on XXI Records, CBC Records, Hänssler Classics, Warner Classics UK and most recently (2010) his  Lamentatio Jeremiah Prophetae, a concerto for bass clarinet and choir, was recorded by  bass clarinettist Jeff Reilly and the Elmer Iseler Singers and released on the ECM label, produced by Manfred Eicher.  In October of 2012 the Togni Trio’s latest recording Spatium was released.

In 2006, Togni’s Illuminations (a concerto for bass clarinet and string orchestra) was nominated for a Juno award in the category Classical Composition of the Year. In 2010 he was a finalist for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award, celebrating outstanding works of contemporary art that inspire and promote the development of artistic endeavour in Nova Scotia. 2011 has brought two nominations for Peter-Anthony’s Lamentations of Jeremiah, one for an East Coast Music Award in the Classical Music category, and one for a Juno award in the category Classical Composition of the Year.  In 2012, Togni’s new work Missa Liberationis, the result of a project with the Latvian Youth Choir BALSIS was published by Musica Baltica, and will be premiered in Canada by Pro Coro Canada. Also in 2012, Peter-Anthony was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in honour of contributions made to Canadian community life.  2013 sees Peter-Anthony working on many exciting new projects including an opera based on the libretto of Sharon Singer on the story of Isis and Osiris, the “Responsio” project for bass clarinettist Jeff Reilly and vocal quartet, and “Warrior Songs”, a work for percussionist Jerry Granelli and the Elmer Iseler Singers.

Peter-Anthony is also a pianist, improviser and organist.  He has given many solo recitals across Canada and in Europe.  He also worked extensively in Canada as a church musician.  He was music director at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Calgary, an organist at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto and organist and choir master at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica in Halifax.  He is the organist in the world renowned trio Sanctuary alongside bass clarinettist Jeff Reilly and cellist Christoph Both. Sanctuary, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, has been an ensemble since 1999, performing across Canada and around the world, at venues such as St. John’s, Smith Square in London, Saint- Séverin in Paris and the Dom Cathedral in Riga, Latvia. In 2008 they were the first Canadians since Glenn Gould to play at Philharmonic Hall, in St. Petersburg Russia. They have also made several recordings including their acclaimed CD The heart has its reasons for Warner Classics UK. The Togni Trio, a jazz ensemble with drummer Malcolm Gould and bassist George Koller, performs throughout Canada and the United States, and has two released recordings. Peter-Anthony also regularly collaborates with Canadian artists on special performance projects.

Peter-Anthony was born in Pembroke, Ontario in 1959. He spent his early years in Toronto where he attended St. Michael’s Choir School. He later went on to study at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, studying organ with Frederick Geoghegan and composition with Stephen Chatman. He went on to study organ and improvisation in Paris France with the great French organist Jean Langlais. Togni also studied composition with Allain Gaussin at the Schola Cantorum in Paris where he was awarded first prize in composition.

For over twenty years, Peter-Anthony was a broadcaster, hosting radio programs for CBC Radio 2, including That Time of the Night, the award winning Stereo Morning, Weekender and Choral Concert.  This fall will see Peter-Anthony teaching composition at Acadia University’s School of Music in Wolfville.  He currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Short Bio – Peter-Anthony Togni

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Peter-Anthony’s music is spiritually rooted and contemplative.  It ranges from the ethereally quiet to the explosive outer limits of contemplation. Togni has been heard everywhere from Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall, the Moscow Conservatory, the Oriental Arts Centre in Shanghai, to the Vatican in Rome for His Holiness Pope John Paul II. His music is broadcast regularly in Canada on the CBC, as well as internationally. Togni’s works have been released on XXI Records, CBC Records, Hänssler Classics, Warner Classics UK. In 2010 his Lamentatio Jeremiah Prophetae, was recorded by bass clarinettist Jeff Reilly and the Elmer Iseler Singers for ECM records. In October of 2012 the Togni Trio’s latest recording Spatium was released. Peter-Anthony is also organist for the internationally acclaimed trio Sanctuary and his jazz group the Togni Trio plays regularly through Canada and the US.  He is also a well-known broadcaster. In 2012, Peter-Anthony was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in honour of contributions made to Canadian community life.  He currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

3 Comments

  1. Ursula Poepel
    December 2, 2012

    Dear Peter,
    many years ago you gave a concert in the hall of the Pender Island School, close to Victoria, BC, remember ? Now I enjoy listening to your voice in “Choral Concert” each Sunday morning.
    May I have a request ? I look back on decades of choral singing in Germany and I must say that I miss some of the music I used to sing there in choirs of 30 or 200. Sure in Canada I hear Bach and Mendelssohn, but never any works by Ernest Pepping (Das Lob der Traene, The Praise Of The Tear) or Hugo Distler (Motettes), just to name two of my favourites. The same holds for performers, namely Helmuth Rilling and his Gaechinger Kantorei and other choirs that he leads. He recorded all of Bach’s Cantatas, Die Winterreise and Die Schoene Muellerin. Also the Dresden Kreuzchor and the Leipzig choir of St.Thomas deserve to be heard. I realize that the CBC prefers to broadcast Canadian content, but they also want to be multicultural.
    Could you consider my wish ? I look forward to your answer,
    Ursula on beautiful Pender Island

  2. Mary Crawford
    November 6, 2012

    Dear Mr Togni,

    I’m glad you have Nikolai Kapustin’s music as your closing theme. Not enough broadcasters know of him. More Kapustin, please, especially the Opus 40 jazz etudes! Thank you.

  3. Pat Kerans
    October 24, 2010

    I am very much enjoying your Choral Concert this morning – as usual.

    But your naming (and mispronouncing the Bozen choral group this morning brought back memories of four years in Innsbruck in the late 50s. People there were still smarting about the splitting of Tyrol into two by the Treaty of Versailles. So Sudtirol became Alto Adige. And Bozen (with a long “o”) became Bolzano.

    Mind you, I don’t think people should bring the quarrels and animosities of the old country (no matter which one) to Canada. But was interesting to hear that that choral group keeps the old name.

    My very best to you,

    Pat Kerans

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