Farnham (Québec), 1982

Founding conductor of the Orchestre philharmonique des musiciens de Montréal (OPMEM), Maestro Ménard holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the Montréal Conservatory of Music, in the class of Mr. Raffi Armenian. He continued his training with Gilles Auger, with Kenneth Kiesler, and finally Johannes Schlaefli. Upon graduation, he became assistant conductor to Boris Brott in the National Academy of Canada Orchestra, 2011 season. Lecturer in the Music Department of UQAM from 2012, Maestro Ménard has participated in several major productions: concert tribute to the 100th birthday of Félix Leclerc; presentation of the operas Carmen by Georges Bizet and Aïda by Giuseppe Verdi with the company Opéra Immédiat; or West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein presented by UQAM and OPMEM in 2015. Artistic director of the Serenade Chamber Orchestra since the 2015-2016 season, Maestro Ménard has presented several major productions: Gala des jeunes ambassadeurs lyriques, Festival Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques 2017 with the presentation of La Symphonie du Millénaire: Prise II, and presentation of the Montréal musical theater for women for Montréal’s 375th anniversary.