Quebec City (Québec), 1969

It is only at age 24, after studies at the Montréal Conservatory in clarinet and saxophone performance, that Simon Bertrand decided to commit himself fully to composition, after participating in a life-changing seminar with French master Henri Dutilleux. Since then, after receiving a first price at the conservatory in France with composer Claude Ballif, and then a doctorate in composition with José Evangelista and Denis Gougeon, Simon Bertrand has established himself has one of Quebec’s most prolific and active composers of his generation, in Canada and abroad. His works have been performed in numerous countries by orchestras, ensembles and soloists such as the Montréal and Quebec Symphonies, the Toronto and Edmonton Symphonies, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Orchestra (Hong-Kong), Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, Ensemble de la SMCQ, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Quasar, the New Danish Saxophone Quartet, the Utrecht String Quartet (Holland), the Friction Quartet (USA), Pro Musica Nipponia (Japan), flutists Guy Pelletier and Claire Marchand, clarinetists Jean-Guy Boisvert, Simon Aldrich and Lori Freedman, pianist Louise Bessette, soprano Marianne Lambert, mezzo-soprano Marie-Annick Béliveau, violists Brian Bacon and Marina Thibault, and theremin player Thorwald Jorgensen (Holland). He has been awarded several prizes, most notably the Opus “Composer of the year” prize in 2013. He has also composed several film scores, one of them produced by Zentropa (a company founded by Danish director Lars Von Trier), and more recently the score of Chloé Robichaud’s Pays (2016).