Dr. Gordon Fitzell

Dr. Gordon Fitzell began teaching at the faculty in 2004. He served as Associate Dean from 2013-2016, and currently teaches composition and experimental improvisation. As a composer, Dr. Fitzell has worked with a wide range of artists including Ensemble Mosaik (Germany), Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain (France), and Trio Fibonacci (Canada). His music has been conducted by Robert Aitken, Daniel Kawka, Véronique Lacroix, Reinbert de Leeuw and Bramwell Tovey, and has been performed at international festivals including the Tanglewood Music Festival (USA), the Pan Music Festival (South Korea), and the Darmstädter Ferienkurse (Germany). Gordon’s compositions are featured on a number of albums, including GRAMMY-winning and JUNO-nominated recordings. In addition to concert music he has presented sound installations in North America and Europe, and produced recordings for other artists. In 2018 he was inducted into the College of the Royal Society of Canada. Since 2009 he has served as Artistic Co-Director of Winnipeg’s new music organization GroundSwell.

B.Music (Brandon)
M.Music (Alberta)
Ph.D. (British Columbia)

In 2010 Dr. Fitzell received the Rh Award for Creative Works, and in 2018 he was elected to the College of the Royal Society of Canada.

As a live electronics artist Dr. Fitzell has performed with Eighth Blackbird at The Kitchen in New York, with Tommy Davis at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in England, and with New Music Concerts at the Music Gallery in Toronto. His music has been reviewed in publications such as The New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and The Globe and Mail.

In addition to his work as a composer, Dr. Fitzell has published several journals articles, most recently in Circuit: Musiques contemporaines. He has also presented conference papers and spoken about his own music in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.


Professor of Composition
Director of eXperimental Improv Ensemble (XIE)

Room 421 Taché Hall
Desautels Faculty of Music
University of Manitoba
136 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, MB.  R3T 2N2
Phone: 204-474-7281
Email: Gordon.Fitzell@umanitoba.ca