General director: Aïda Aoun
Aïda Aoun has been renowned in new music circles through the variety of key functions that she has held for almost 20 years with the SMCQ. She arrived at the organization in 2000, with a background in economics and accounting and a keen interest in culture. Ms. Aoun became assistant in the areas of general management and communications, before assuming responsibility for administrative management in 2002. She has contributed to the design and set-up of the 2003 Montreal/New Music Internations festival, which marked a real turning point for the SMCQ. Since then, her close collaboration with the General and Artistic Directors has proven her excellent management and administrative skills plus her strong commitment to creative music.
Artistic director: Walter Boudreau
Composer and conductor Walter Boudreau has created over sixty works for various types of ensembles, as well as fifteen film scores and two ballets. His works have been performed in Canada, the United States, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, and Finland. In 1998 he was awarded the prix Opus “Composer of the year” (Conseil québécois de la musique). Since 1988 Boudreau has been artistic director and principal conductor of the Ensemble de la Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ). In 1990 he was appointed as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s first composer in residence for a period of three years. Boudreau has directed various contemporary music group. With Denys Bouliane, he assumed the artistic direction of the Millennium Symphony (2000) and the Montréal/New Music Festival (MNM) (2003-05-07). Jointly they received the prix Opus “Musical Event of the year.” Among other distinctions, in 2003 Boudreau was awarded the Molson Prize by the Canada Council for the Arts, quickly followed in 2004 by the Prix Denise-Pelletier for the performing arts (Prix du Québec). In 2013 he was appointed as a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec, named as a Member of the Order of Canada. He has received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in the classical music category in 2015.