Justin Mariner is a Montreal-based composer and educator. He has been commissioned to write pieces for the Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, Quatuor Bozzini and Brigitte Poulin. His works have also been performed by Continuum Contemporary Music, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, l’Orchestre symphonique de la Montérégie and Orchestra London. His music has been included in the Winnipeg New Music Festival, Cluster Festival, and the Gaudeamus International Music Week, and has been recognized in the CBC National Competition for Young Composers, the SOCAN awards for Young Composers and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra’s Reel Music project (2005) in which he was awarded first place in the drama category. He served as Administrative Director of Ensemble Kore from 2001 to 2010, a group that specialized in portrait concerts of composers of widely varying styles and aesthetics from Québec, Canada and abroad.
Mariner’s works since 2005 often borrow stylistic elements from popular and minimalist music. His output includes several collaborative audiovisual works. With his brother, illustrator Haydon Mariner, he co-created a live comic book Bakunin’s Leg (2005), and The Affirmation (2009) for percussion and live video projection. In 2006 he scored Jackie May’s short film Couldn’t Be Happier, which was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival that year.
Justin Mariner is an Assistant Professor at McGill University, where he teaches aural skills and theory. He has helped to increase the use of educational technology in the ear training program, and has co-written an article about this with Peter Schubert in Engaging Students 5 (2017).