Biography (short) (English):

Benjamin Sigerson (b. 2001) is a composer and jazz pianist from Vancouver, B.C. A recipient of a Bachelor’s in Music Composition from McGill University in Montréal, Sigerson has won awards for his compositions in both classical and jazz idioms, and has been featured on several albums and concerts. His pieces have been performed internationally in concert stages, jazz clubs, and recording studios across Canada. As a songwriter, Sigerson has written over 150 pieces, 106 of those collected in “The B.S. Book”, a fake book of original music. As a composer, he has written for orchestras to solo Erhu to hundred-member choirs. In addition to his work in writing and performing, Sigerson works on projects in musicology, currently writing a book on Vancouver jazz pianists, formed by interviews with 15 musicians. His music has been recorded on several albums, including a recent recording funded by the Canada Council for the Arts for a five-keyboard ensemble. Being a Korean-Canadian artist based in BC, his music is inspired by nature and heritage.


Brief CV:

BMus. Composition, McGill University (2023)
- Student of: Brian Cherney, Christine Jensen
Private instruction in Composition
- Student of: Rodney Sharman, Katerina Gimon, Joel Tranquilla
Private Instruction in Jazz Piano
- Student of: Sharon Minemoto (2016-2018), André White (2019-2020), Min Jung Suh Rager (2020-2021)
Private Instruction in Double Bass
- Student of Adrian Vedady (2022), Darren Radtke (2022), Ira Coleman (2023)

Employment (Creative)
(On-going, since 2022) Composer in Residence
- Intertidal Choral Ensemble, Vancouver BC. Dir. Jaime Yoon
(On-going, since 2023) Music Director
- St. Alban's Anglican Church, Richmond BC
(2024) Composer in Residence
- Halifax Camerata Singers, Halifax NS. Dir. Joel Tranquilla
(2023 - 2024) Composer in Residence
- Coastal Sound Music Academy, Coquitlam BC. Dir. Diana Clark

Employment (Teaching)
(On-going, since 2018) Private Instruction
- In person and online, subjects include jazz piano, theory, and composition.
(2021 - 2022) Piano & Voice Teacher
- West Island Music Academy, Montreal QC

Artist's Biography

Much of the music that I am a part of comes from a place of being in-between, or being nothing at all. Raised by a professional jazz pianist and a choral director, being in-between types of music is extremely familiar. As an Asian-Canadian in Canada, navigating different cultures is part of my every day, and finding ways to try and connect equally and fairly to both ends of my heritage is an eternal puzzle. Now, being an anglophone from Vancouver living and studying in francophone Montreal, holding on to two ideas of home is the new everyday. The music I write reflects the idea of somehow always being in the middle, be it starting choral pieces with Bill Evans voicings, or writing for chamber jazz with a directional approach inspired by Louis Andriessen. As a composer, I try to write pieces that don’t need to categorize themselves and exist in the ears and minds of the listener as just “music”, nothing more and nothing less. I try to show the possibility of cross-pollination of genres and styles in the music that I play and write. As far as I can tell, music serves to make the lives of those listening better, and my ultimate goal as a musician is to have my music make the world and people around me a little better. To be an example and reminder of the beauty of sound, the natural world, and creativity with others is all I can hope my music to be. 

Press Kit info

(Phonetic) BEN - juh - men  SIH - gerr - son
(IPA) ˈbɛnʤəmɪn sɪgɚsɛn

Date / Location
b. 2001 - Coquitlam, BC, Canada

© Copyright 2023 Benjamin Sigerson - All Rights Reserved

I would like to acknowledge that Vancouver is the traditional territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, specifically the shared traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Tsleil-Waututh, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and Kwikwetlem First Nations. I would like to also acknowledge that jazz is a Black-American music. 

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