Quebec City (Québec), 1945 – Montréal (Québec), 1995

Raynald Arseneault was born in 1945. He studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Gilles Tremblay (analysis and composition), Françoise Aubut (organ and writing), among others. In 1973 he received a “Premier Prix” in composition as well as the Prix d’Europe, also in composition. During an eight-year stay in France, he studied composition with Tony Aubin, Claude Lefebvre, Claude Ballif, Ivo Malec and Michel Philippot. His meetings with Ivo Wychnegradsky in Paris and Giancinto Scelsi in Rome played a fundamental role in the development of his style. Raynald Arseneault, composer of over 50 works, was organist of Rosemont’s Saint-Marc church and director of sacred music at that same church. Has was also artistic advisor at the maison de la culture Rosemont-Petite Patrie for the Les concerts à l’église Saint-Marc concert series. He was a member of the board of directors of SMCQ from 1985 to his death in 1995.