Jonquière (Québec), 1963
Performer (organ)

Organist Régis Rousseau is a Conservatoire de musique de Saguenay graduate. He has received several distinctions, including First Prize (Organ) in 1987. He further studied at Concordia University (Artist Diploma) and at Université de Montréal (PhD in music). He received his organ training in the classrooms of Robert Girard, Bernard Lagacé, and Réjean Poirier; he also studied with Jean Boyer in France, thanks to grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the ministries of culture of Québec and France.

Rousseau has been active for over 15 years on Montréal’s cultural scene. Appointed organist at the Très-Saint-Nom-de-Jésus church, choirmaster, and teacher in organ and music literature initiation, he has co-founded and directed Orgue et couleurs, for which he received the 2001-02 Prix Opus for Best Artistic Director bestowed by the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM). He was also the CQM’s chairman (2006-08).

Rousseau regularly plays as a solo performer and an accompanist. He has been heard several times on the airwaves of Radio-Canada and CBC Radio Two. He has released several albums, including two on Atma Classique: a solo CD of works by Pachelbel and Le Premier Noël with tenor Marc Hervieux.

Since fall 2008, Régis Rousseau is the director at Conservatoire de musique de Saguenay.

[English translation: François Couture, ix-11]