Estelle Lemire

Canada, 1960

  • Composer
  • Performer (ondes Martenot)

Composer and ondes Martenot player, Estelle Lemire studied at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Montréal from 1982 to 1991, where she obtained a First Prize for performance on the ondes Martenot in the class of Jean Laurendeau (1988) and a First Prize in composition in the class of Gilles Tremblay (1991). She studied analysis with Gilles Tremblay and electroacoustic music with Yves Daoust. From 1988 to 1994, she was a member of the Montréal Ondes Ensemble. As a composer, her catalogue includes 40 works, some of which are devoted to the ondes Martenot, and featuring either percussion, gamelan, tape, or digital manipulation. Her works have been performed by the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, the Société des Concerts Alternatifs du Québec (SCAQ), Codes d’accès, Arraymusic, the Calgary Orchestra, Musica Nova, New Works Calgary, and the Evergreen Club. As a soloist, she focuses on new music, endeavouring to make her instrument better known. She has played for the radio, television, and various societies for contemporary music, and has premiered the works of numerous composers of her generation. She has received numerous grants and commissions from the Canada Council and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.