Born in 1956, André Villeneuve received his initial training in piano at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Quebec City and later in Montréal where he studied composition, musical analysis, and counterpoint. Upon obtaining premiers prix both in analysis and composition in 1983, and funded by grants from the Quebec ministry of Culture and the Canada Council for the Arts, Villeneuve continued his education at the Conservatoire National de Paris where he worked with Claude Ballif.
Today André Villeneuve teaches at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His oeuvre includes works for various types of ensembles, which have been performed in Canada, the United States, and Europe. His musical idiom is polyphonic and characterized by an uncommonly developed harmonic sensibility.