Quebec City (Québec), 1969
Composer

It is only at age 24, after studies at the Montréal Conservatory in performance on the clarinet and the saxophone, that Simon Bertrand decided to commit himself fully to composition, after participating in a life-changing seminar with french master Henri Dutilleux. Since then, after getting a first price at the conservatory in France with composer Claude Ballif, and then a doctorate in composition José Evangelista and Denis Gougeon, Simon Bertrand has established himself has one of canada’s most prolific and active composers of his generation, in canada and abroad. His works have been performed in numerous countries by orchestras, ensembles and soloists such as the the Montréal and Quebec Symphony, Toronto and Edmonton Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Orchestra (Hong-Kong), Orchestre National d’île de France, l’Ensemble de la SMCQ, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Quasar, the New Danish Saxophone Quartet, Utrecht String Quartet (Holland), Friction Quartet (USA), Pro Musica Nipponia (Japan), flautists Guy Pelletier et Claire Marchand, clarinetists Jean Guy Boisvert, Simon Aldrich et Lori Freedman, pianist Louise Bessette, soprano Marianne Lambert, mezzo Marie-Annick Béliveau, violist Brian Bacon et Marina Thibault, and theremin player Thorwald Jorgensen (Holland). He has been awarded several prices, most notably the Opus “Composer of the year” prize in 2013. He has also composed several film scores, one of them produced by Zentropa, company founded by Danish director Lars Von Trier, and more recently the score of Chloé Robichaud’s film «Boundaries”.

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