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Antoine Ouellette

Biologist, composer and musicologist, Antoine Ouellette holds a PH.D. in Étude et pratique des arts (Arts Studies and Practices) from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) for interdisciplinary research on bird songs. His biomusicologic essay Le chant des oyseaulx was published in 2008 at Éditions Triptyque (Montréal).

He presently teaches musicology and music history at the Université du Québec à Montréal, and conducts Gregorian chant, which he studied under renowned masters. He has composed over forty works, including Bourrasque, for solo flute (published by the prestigious Éditions Henry Lemoine, Paris), and Une Messe pour le Vent qui souffle, an huge 45 minutes organ work unanimously acclaimed by critics. Joie des Grives, an orchestral contemplation based on 11 North-Eastern America’s bird species songs, was presented in July 2008 at the Festival International de Lanaudière, with the orchestra under the baton of Maestro Jean-Marie Zeitouni. The Prince-Edward-Island Symphony Orchestra, under Dr James Mark, will give the première of Perce-neige in February 2009.

Since 2006, Antoine Ouellette is studying Bharata Natyam, a classical style of Southern India dance, with Ginette Dion-Ahmed. This interest inspired him to compose two works combining Indian and Western instruments, which were premiered in June 2008. His development as a composer is very personal integrating a Western classical approach, contemporary techniques as well as the general principles of modal music. Energetic yet meditative, his music carries echoes of the sounds of nature and calls to a greater harmony between human civilization and nature.


Photo : Nathalie Saint-Pierre, UQÀM

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