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Christien Ledroit
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Christien Ledroit was born in 1975 in London, Ontario. He completed his undergraduate degree at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario where he studied composition with, among others, Marjan Mozetich, Kristi Allik, John Burge and Alfred Fisher. He completed his Master of Music in composition at McGill University in Montreal in 2003, where he studied with Alcides Lanza, Jean Lesage and Sean Ferguson. Throughout high school Ledroit played guitar in a punk band, while still continuing to develop technique on the violin. It is precisely this dichotomy which most influences his music today. Ledroit maintains active interests in studying and performing both contemporary art music and loud aggressive rock music. The combination of the essences of these two styles lends his compositions an unusual sound. Ledroit has received commissions and awards from many sources. Recent awards include two prizes at the 2001 SOCAN competition for young composers, including a first prize for Shards, and a second prize for Elementalities. The commission of Elementalities by the Lithium Ensemble, led to the commission of Ledroit's most recent work, the Concerto for Tabla, for Lithium's tabla-player, Shawn Mativetsky. Christien Ledroit now lives in Toronto.

2003

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