The award winning composer, lyricist and pedagogue has been musical director and conductor of MIMF since the festival’s beginnings in 2006 until 2018.
In more than 30 years of composing, teaching and researching, he has especially focused on fostering the creative development and critical abilities of students and educators, while examining and questioning current practices of teaching and learning . Many of his young protégés have achieved success on the international stage or in academic fields.
Besides his achievements in the promotion of young talented musicians, Zalis’ compositions and productions are noteworthy. Among these rank the gala concert on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II of England and Prince Philip’s 50th wedding anniversary and especially his Holocaust Oratorio i believe which has been performed in Winnipeg, Toronto, New York, Stuttgart and Murau and will be presented in Lodz in 2017.
i believe was distinguished with the Canadian Interfaith Leadership Award and the Inaugural Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for the Advancement of Interreligious Understanding for its creative musical achievement and the promotion of interreligious tolerance.
Zane Zalis received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for his exceptional achievements in the fields of music and music education. In addition, in 2012 he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence.
Zane is presently composing his new oratorio entitled Nostos, as part of his dissertation in his PhD studies in creativity, creative development, and music composition at the Faculty of Education - University of Manitoba.