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Patrick Saint-Denis

SAINT-DENIS, Patrick (b. 1975, Québec)
Born in Quebec city in 1975, Patrick Saint-Denis studied composition at conservatories in Quebec city, Montreal and The Hague. His teachers included Serge Provost, Clarence Barlow and Louis Andriessen. His catalogue features a dozen works, including: Les dits de Victoire, for string octet (Jules-Léger prize 2004, First prize Socan 2003), Le discours aux animaux, for orchestra (First prize Socan 2002) and Berceuse pour enfants perdus, for chamber orchestra and female voice (First prize Socan 2003). His music has been played at many festivals, such as the International Gaudeamus Music Week (The Netherlands, 2003, 2004), Montreal Nouvelles Musiques (Canada, 2005) and the ISCM World Music Days in Zagreb (Croatia, 2005). He received support from the Canada council for the arts and from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. He currently resides in Montréal.

Saint-Denis writes for the concert, theatre and collaborates to installations. His works are oriented towards the world of emotions and memory. His influences are various: Charles Ives, Anton Webern, Gérard Grisey but also Anne Teresa de Keersmaker, Robert Lepage, Ann Hamilton, Peter Handke.

March 2006

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