Simon Bertrand

Quebec City, Québec, 1969

  • Composer

Stemming as much from the jazz as the classical genres, the music of Simon Bertrand simultaneously blends European and non-Western aesthetics. His works have been interpreted in numerous countries by Trio Maurice Duruflé (France), Pro Musica Nipponia (Japan), the Danish Saxophone Quartet, (Denmark), Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra (China) and broadcast on Radio France, Radio-Canada and NHK (Japan). Supported by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Japanese Government (Bunka-cho,) from 1998 till 2001, Bertrand was in Japan, creating numerous works for Japanese traditional instruments. Upon his return to Montréal in 2001, he became composer-in-residence at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur until 2003. In 2004 he won the 1st prize for composition with the Orchestre Symphonique de l’Université de Montréal, and since then has been a regular junior lecturer at the university, obtaining his doctorate in composition in 2008. In 2008-09, the SMCQ selected Bertrand for its La SMCQ dans l’empire du milieu project, within the framework of the Shanghai Spring Festival, in coproduction with Radio-France and Shanghai Media Group. In July 2011, he became composer-in-residence with the OSDL (Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil). In 2012, Bertrand was awarded the Opus “Composer of the year” prize. He has also composed several film scores, one of them produced by Zentropa, the company run by Danish director Lars Von Trier.