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Gabriel Dharmoo

After a classical training in cello, Gabriel Dharmoo studied composition with Hugues Leclair (2000) and at Université Laval with Éric Morin (2000-2003). It is at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal that he truly dedicated himself to composition, under the teachings of Serge Provost (2003-2007). He finished his studies with a “Prix avec grande distinction”, the highest honor to be awarded, in both composition (2006) and analysis (2007).

Having researched South Indian Carnatic music with 4 renowned masters in Chennai (India) in 2008 and 2011, his recent work is strongly focused on integrating elements of this music to his personal style.

In 2011, he wins the Prix d’Europe de composition Fernand-Lindsay as well as the Robert Fleming Prize from Canada Council for the Arts. Five of his works have been awarded prizes at the SOCAN awards for Young Composers. He has received grants from CAC, CALQ, SODEC, OFQJ, the Joseph-McAbbie Foundation and both the Student Association and the Alumni Association of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. He is a member of the Canadian Music Centre and The Canadian League of Composers and his music has been broadcast on CBC Radio, CIBL, CKIA and CKUT.

His works have been performed and/or commissioned by established and emerging musical ensembles from Canada (ECM+, Aventa, Arraymusic, Codes d'accès, Ensemble Chorum, Erreur de type 27, Motion Ensemble, Reveille Trumpet Collective, Alizé). He has also attended various workshops at the Domaine Forget (2006) and Banff Centre (2011) as well as with Arraymusic (2008) and Aventa (2011).

He frequently collaborates with filmmakers, visual artists and choreographers. He has provided music for short films screened in festivals across North America, Europe and South America. His musical contribution to short films has been twice noticed at the Festival International du Film d’Aubagne (France), which focuses on sound/image collaborations.

As an improviser, Gabriel Dharmoo works both as a vocalist and cellist. He studied improvisation with René Lussier and has played various venues with established improvisers.

Aside from his various artistic projects, he is very active on the Montreal musical scene where he lives and works.

September 2011

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