Anita Pari is a composer, pianist, and cellist from Ottawa, currently pursuing a Master of Music in Composition at McGill University. In recent years, Anita’s music has taken inspiration from a variety of themes, ranging from mental health to the study of birdsongs that she has encountered while birdwatching. Through her creative work, she often reflects on and reimagines aspects of her lived experience, drawing from circumstances and events that have shaped her identity.
Anita’s compositional output includes music for orchestra, choir, various chamber groups, solo piano, and fixed media electronics. Her compositions have been performed by the Cecilia Quartet (“Nocturne for Strings”) and the Harmonia Choir (Worlds Apart: Pappy's Song"), among o
other groups, and she is currently the composer-in-residence for the McGill Wind Orchestra.
In addition to her work in composition, Anita frequently performs her own music or interprets other composers’ works in concert. Anita has given solo recitals across Ontario as well as soloist appearances with orchestras such as l'Orchestre classique de Montréal, the National Academy Orchestra, the Lancaster Symphony, and the Frost Symphony Orchestra. In 2019, she recorded and released a CD featuring a selection of her own compositions, which included her four-movement cello sonata “Escape” and her solo piano works “Directions” and “Urban Movement.” Later that year, she went on to perform these works at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.
Anita holds ARCT diplomas in piano and cello as well as a Bachelor of Music degree from Carleton University, where she received the Governor General’s Academic Medal for graduating at the head of the 2020 undergraduate class. She currently studies composition with Dr. Brian Cherney of McGill University, and has formerly studied with Dr. James Wright (composition), Dr. Jesse Stewart (composition), Nicole Presentey (piano), Dr. Jamie Parker (piano), and Peter Rapson (cello).