Dinuk Wijeratne collects 2016 Jan V. Matejcek SOCAN Award

Breda Matejcek (right), wife of Jan V. Matejcek – for whom the annual SOCAN new classical music award is named – belatedly presents Dinuk Wijeratne with the 2016 edition of this honour. (Photo: Tiana Feng)
August 10, 2016

SOCAN presented Dinuk Wijeratne with the 2016 Jan V. Matejcek SOCAN Award for new classical/concert music, at our Toronto offices on Aug. 9, 2016. Breda Matejcek – wife of the composer for whom the award is named – belatedly presented the honour to Wijeratne, who was unable to attend the SOCAN Awards in June.


Left to right: SOCAN Past Presidents and current Board of Directors members Gilles Valiquette and Earl Rosen; SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste and President Stan Meissner; Wijeratne and Matejcek; Board of Directors member Glenn Morley; SOCAN Chief Membership and Business Development Officer Michael McCarty; and SOCAN Director of A&R Rodney Murphy. (Photo: Tiana Feng)

Wijeratne achieved great success in 2015 with Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems, a unique collaboration with the Afiara String Quartet, which won Classical Composition of the Year at the 2016 JUNO Awards (his first nomination). His music for the quartet was re-mixed by turntablist/DJ Skratch Bastid, and Wijeratne was later able to integrate the re-mixed material into a separate piece for DJ and string quartet..

Wijeratne was warmly received and congratulated at the presentation by SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, President Stan Meissner, Chief Membership and Business Development Officer Michael McCarty, and Director of A&R Rodney Murphy, as well as SOCAN Past Presidents and current Board of Directors members Gilles Valiquette and Earl Rosen, and Board of Directors member Glenn Morley.

The award-winning composer thanked SOCAN, and recalled how – when he first moved to Canada many years ago – Tim Hardy, SOCAN Member & Industry Relations Executive, Atlantic, sat him down for a lengthy explanation of what SOCAN is and how it works for our members. “I’ve never forgotten his kindness,” said Wijeratne.

In the video below, shot at the 2016 JUNO Awards, Wijeratne briefly discusses Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems, his creative process, and Tim Hardy’s initial guidance.


SOCAN congratulates Dinuk Wijeratne again on his recent streak of great accomplishments!