Following his studies in piano at the École Vincent d’Indy, Alain Lalonde pursued further training in composition with Gilles Tremblay at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal. He holds a doctorate in composition from the Université de Montréal’s faculty of music, where he worked with Michel Longtin on a project entitled L’Événement musical dans l’espace.
In 1992, Lalonde helped found Espaces sonores illimités, an organization devoted to the conception, composition and organization of spatialized musical events, including Musiques en espace sacré presented at the Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville (1994), and Cadavre presqu’exquis, given in Montréal in 1996. He also contributed to the production of musical works as an active member of the board of directors of Codes d’accès (1988-91).
Commissions, bursaries and grants have been awarded to Lalonde from a variety of organizations, including the SMCQ, Gropus 7, Les Événements du Neuf, the Orchestre des Jeunes du Québec, Société Radio-Canada, the Festival de Liège, Codes d’accès, the Ministères des Affaires culturelles du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec—at times with other members of Espaces sonores illimités. He was invited to appear at the 1995 Tribune des Compositeurs with Que l’espace vibre et exprime!, and contributed to the open-air, multi-authored Millennium Symphony (2000).
A devoted member of Amnesty International and Artists for Peace, Alain Lalonde has taught ear training, and topics related to music perception and organization at the Université de Montréal’s faculty of music since 1978. He currently teaches composition and orchestration at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec.