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William J. Peltier was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and presently resides in Hamilton, Ontario. He has studied music composition at Wilfrid Laurier University with Mariano Etkin and at McGill University with John Rea. Writing in a highly personalized style, Williamís music employs a self-invented technique called Object-Oriented Composition (OOc). Another important area of interest for him is exploring ambiguities regarding assumptions about musical expression.
Williamís music has been performed frequently both in Canada and abroad Ė cities where his music has been heard include Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, Ottawa, Guelph, Quebec, Montreal, Victoria, New York, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prishtina, Havana, and Buenos Aires. Organizations and ensembles who have presented/performed Williamís music include Gaudeamus International Music Week, Havana Contemporary Music Festival, Remusica Festival, The What Next Festival, CBC Radio, NOS-radio, Arraymusic, NUMUS, The New Art Quartet, The Blue Rider Ensemble, Les Evenement du Neuf, New York Miniaturist Ensemble, Aventa Ensemble, Continuum Ensemble, and the Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wienģ.