Rouyn-Noranda (Québec), 1981

Born in Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec), Simon Martin (1981-) is a composer and producer of contemporary concert music. Founding director of Projections libérantes (2011), he has up to now been involved in four productions:

  • Hommage à Leduc, Borduas et Riopelle (2012) was presented in front of some 800 spectators during 8 concerts in addition to a broadcast by national public radio (ICI Musique, 2014) and a recording production (DAME / Collection QB, 2015) finalist for the Opus Disc of the Year award — modern, contemporary music.
  • Musique d’art pour quintette à cordes (2015) premiered as part of the Festival Montréal/Nouvelles musiques before resuming in Dresden (Festspielhaus Hellerau, 2016), Quebec (Erreur de type 27, 2017) and Montréal (Suoni Per Il Popolo/Le Vivier, 2018) in addition to a broadcast by German public radio (Deutschlandfunk, 2017) and a record production (DAME /Collection QB, 2019).
  • Musique d’art pour cor, trombone, tuba et électronique (2017) premiered in co-diffusion with Le Vivier and was interpreted by the Berlin ensemble Zinc & Copper. The work was finalist for the Opus Prize — Creation of the Year (2016-17).
  • Musique d’art pour violon, alto, violoncelle, contrebasse et traitement will be created by Ensemble Musikfabrik on February 24, 2019 as a part of the Festival Montréal/Nouvelles musiques et replayed in Cologne on March 11, 2019.

Following the American composers Harry Partch, The Monte Young and James Tenney, Simon Martin’s music focuses more and more accurately on natural intonation. Through his concert-works, always imbued with drama, he preserves part of the ambition of the great forms of German postromanticism.

Simon Martin is the recipient of the Opus Composer of the Year Award (2016) with a$ 10,000 scholarship from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.