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Gilles Tremblay

Gilles Tremblay was born in Arvida (today Jonquière) Québec on September 6, 1932. He now resides in Montréal.

Gilles Tremblay is in every respect a model composer, pianist, ondes Martenot player and teacher. In his capacity as professor of analysis and composition at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal for many years (1961-1998), he contributed to the education of a whole generation of composers. From this same school he received his first prize in piano in 1953. He subsequently studied analysis with the famous Messiaen in Paris, receiving his first prize in 1957. He then spent a summer in Darmstadt, and a few years later worked with the Groupe de recherches musicales de l'ORTF. During these years he met numerous composers, including Boulez, Stockhausen, Boucourechliev, Ferrari and Xenakis.

Gilles Tremblay has won many prizes, including the Calixa Lavallée Prize for his soundscapes in the Quebec Pavilion at Expo '67 and the Denise Pelletier Prize in 1991. His most recent large-scale work was Les Pierres crieront, a commission from Radio-France for large orchestra and solo cello, premiered in May of 2001. He has received numerous commissions, and has seen his music played throughout the world. He was made an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec in 1991, and was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture in 1993.


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