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Éric Champagne
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Born in Montreal in 1980, Eric Champagne began his musical training in 1992, studying both the clarinet and the bass clarinet. As an instrumentalist, he played primarily in wind ensembles including Grande Fanfare Classique and Harmonie Laval. He studied composition with Michel Tétrault at CÉGEP de Saint-Laurent and then with Michel Longtin, Hugues Leclerc and Robert Normandeau at the University of Montreal. He completed his Baccalaureate in 2002 and his Masters in 2003 under the supervision of Hugues Leclair. As part of his graduate level studies, Eric composed his first opera, Miss Julie, based on the work of August Strindberg.

His compositions focus mainly on instrumental music, with an interest also for the human voice and wind instruments. He has also written 3 electroacoustic works. Two of his song cycles, Airs mélancoliques and Deux poèmes d’Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau, have received numerous performances in recitals in Quebec and the United States. In the summer of 2003, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne under the direction of Lorraine Vaillaincourt performed his work Craintes & Désirs at the Rencontres de Musiques Nouvelles at Domain Forget de St-Iréné (Charlevoix). His works have received prizes from the Fondation de soutien aux arts de Laval in 2000, 2003 and 2004.

Nov. 2006

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