Cléo Palacio-Quintin

Leuven, Belgium, 1971

  • Composer
  • Performer (hyper-flute)

Constantly seeking new means of expression and eager to create, the flutist-improviser-composer Cléo Palacio-Quintin (1971) takes part in many premieres as well as improvisational multidisciplinary performances, and composes instrumental and electroacoustic music for various ensembles and media works. Since 1999, she extended these explorations into the development of the hyper-flutes. Interfaced to a computer and software by means of electronic sensors, these enhanced flutes enables her to compose novel interactive electroacoustic soundscapes and videos.

Over the years her compositions have been performed in The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, France, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K., Canada and the U.S., either by herself or various ensembles. Besides composing chamber music with electronics, she performs regularly as a soloist and improviser.

She is the first women to own a Doctorate in electro-acoustic composition from the Université de Montréal (2012). Active researcher at the Center for interdisciplinary research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) at McGill University, she received the Director’s Interdisciplinary Excellence Prize 2008 in recognition of her having created an innovative bridge between scientific/technological and artistic domains. She was the resident composer at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montréal, from september 2009 to 2011. The Conseil québécois de la musique gave her the Prix OpusComposer of the year for the artistic season 2010-2011.