Michael Pepa

Artistic Director
Les AMIS Concerts


Michael Pepa has composed some 80 works for solo instruments, chamber groups, and orchestras. Most have been commissioned and broadcast in Canada as well as in the U.S., Netherlands, France, Italy, Austria, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, and Japan. His music has been performed by international groups such as the Filarmonica Banatul Timisoara, Romania; National Philharmonic of Moldova; Lviv (Ukraine) Philharmonic Society; Academic Chamber Orchestra “Lviv Virtuosos”; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of Bulgaria; Hungarian Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble, Budapest; Utrecht’s Conservatorium Orchestra, Netherlands; CANTUS ENSEMBLE of Zagreb; SOUNDSTAGE CANADA at the Zagreb Biennale (’81) of Contemporary Music.

Pepa’s music has been performed many times in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Brandon, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Paris, Utrecht, Vienna, Zagreb, Belgrade, Budapest, Chisinau, Sofia, Pernik, Lviv, Kyiv, Bucharest, Timisoara, and elsewhere.

As well as being the founder and artistic director of Les AMIS Concerts, he is the composer-in-residence of the Canadian Sinfonietta, a member of the Canadian League of Composers, SOCAN, and an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre. http://www.musiccentre.ca/composers

Michael Pepa (1939) was born in Timisoara, Romania. He came to Canada in 1953, settling in Toronto with his family. He has lived in Cobourg, Ontario, since 2014.

Video Samples

Fantasie Bohemienne (2005) for Violin, Piano and Strings
Les Amis Concert – Victoria Hall, Cobourg
Canadian Sinfonietta Celebrating 20 Years of Music Making and Composer Michael Pepa’s 80th Birthday
Lynn Kuo,Violin; Erika Crinó, Piano; Tak Ng Lai, Conductor
Live recording on January 13, 2019

Michael Pepa / Dennis Patrick: Squamish for violin and tape (2006)
Lynn Kuo, Violin
Recorded at C.O.C., the Four Seasons Centre of the Performing Arts October 12, 2007

Violin Concerto “l’abeille dans la fleur” (2010)
Commissioned by Filarmonica Banatul Timisoara for violinist Gabriel Popa
Gabriel Popa, Violin; Radu Popa, Conductor; Filarmonica Nationala Muzica de pe ambele mauri ale Prutului red Valeria Barbas
Live recording on September 24, 2014 – Chisinau, Moldova

Yakami Variazioni (2014)
Erika Crinó, Piano
National Chamber Orchestra of Moldova, Conductor, Vladimir Andries THE DAYS OF NEW MUSIC, International Festival XXV Edition, Chisinau, Moldova
Live recording on October 6, 2016

Works and Performances

For a list of Michael Pepa’s Works and Performances from 1972 to the present time.

Contact Info

Michael Pepa
Founding Artistic Director
Les AMIS Concerts