Jordan Pal | Composer

Affiliate Composer, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

JUNO© Nominated for Classical Composition of the Year (“The Afar”)

“Last night’s program at Roy Thomson Hall…included a spectacular world premiere by Canadian composer Jordan Pal…Pal has created a compelling work that is worthy of being heard again and again.” – Toronto Concert Reviews on City in Colour, a Toronto Symphony Orchestra Commission

“…this piece (“City in Colour”) communicates the elements of city life that words fail to articulate. This single-movement piece doesn’t simply illustrate—it captures.” – Ontario Arts Reviews

“The concert’s first half continued with the premiere of Jordan Pal’s new Quartet, the third new work by this brilliantly imaginative composer heard in Ottawa during the past twelve months…the reality is that Pal has produced a work of originality and genuine integrity…Overall, Pal’s Quartet is concise, brilliant music.” –

“…disciplined and stylish.” – Ottawa Citizen

“…the only true criticism of a work of art, is another work of art. So, may I recommend the brilliant young composer Jordan Pal’s tone poem (BURN) about fire, not by calling it by name, but by what it does – Burn…Frenetic complexities of syncopated rhythms, jagged knives of splashed harmonic colour, colliding cacophonies of sound and fury with deep, dire, brassy alarms warning of Burn’s agonies…a truly breathtaking musical experience. The last sound was an involuntary, collective gasp from the audience…Pal was with us and received the acclaim he richly deserved.” – Hugh Fraser, former Hamilton Spectator music critic

“Pal’s Triple Concerto (Starling) was, for all its exotic orchestration and ingenious melding of structure and impressionism, a genuinely compelling work…What came across loud and clear (literally and metaphorically) is that Pal is a young composer of genuine range and versatility. He has his own vision and voice, for sure, however has learned at an early age to adapt to a range of work contexts and is doing so with the skill and aplomb of a veteran.” –

“En ouverture, l’orchestre a interprété une œuvre brève mais au caractère vif et intéressant, On The Double de Jordan Pal, un jeune et brillant compositeur de Toronto.” –

“The evening’s indisputable highlights were the Ginastera Harp Concerto and The Afar, a single movement work by composer Jordan Pal” –

“…L’afer de Jordan Pal, qui est une belle affaire musicale…Il y a là de l’imagination sonore et un savoir-faire naturel. Pal est à suivre.” –

“The Afar by NYOC composer-in-residence Jordan Pal…is exciting and colourful, requiring the youthful ensemble to pull out all the stops. It does so admirably, bringing the disc – and the set – to a most satisfying conclusion.” –

“Evocative,” “full of colour and emotion,” “considerably skilled,” “beautifully crafted” and displaying “a strong command of orchestration,” Toronto Symphony Orchestra RBC Affiliate Composer Jordan Pal has emerged as one of the most exciting Canadian composers of his generation. Programmed and commissioned by many of this country’s major orchestras and ensembles, his music has brought audiences to their feet and has been lauded by critics and music professionals across the country.