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Jimmie LeBlanc

Jimmie LeBlanc was born in 1977 in urban Quebec, Canada. Influenced by pop and jazz, he was first trained as a guitarist, and then completed his studies in classical guitar. He continued his education in composition and analysis at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, and is currently working on his doctorate at McGill University Schulich School of Music, honing his skills under the guidance of such composers as Brian Ferneyhough, Michaël Lévinas, and Philippe Leroux. His music has been played by ENSEMBLE CONTRECHAMPS, ESPRIT ORCHESTRA, QUATUOR BOZZINI, PENTAÈDRE, TRIO FIBONACCI, LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES, HWAUM CHAMBER ENSEMBLE, KORE ENSEMBLE, ENSEMBLE CONTEMPORAIN DE MONTRÉAL and NOUVEL ENSEMBLE MODERNE (NEM).

As a guitarist, LeBlanc has performed as a finalist in the International Guitar Competition at Domaine Forget (2nd prize, 2000), and on Radio-Canada’s program Jeunes Artistes in 2001. He was also the bass guitarist for Interférences Sardines, and has performed at various other venues.

In addition to teaching guitar and composition, LeBlanc produced Perdre Pied (2006), a performance-opera realized with artist Olivia Boudreau and based on a text by Jean-Sébastien Lemieux. He ranked as a finalist in the 4th Seoul International Competition for Composers in 2007, and did a residency at the GRAME during the biennial Musiques en Scène of Lyon where he also participated in the NEM’s 2008 Forum on Music for instruments and live electronics. His string quartet The Breaking of the Circle received 3rd prize in the International Composers’ Competition (Lutoslawski Award), 2008.

Jimmie LeBlanc is also the winner of the 2009 Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music for the work L’Espace intérieur du monde. He is currently composing a string quartet for the ensemble Chorum as well as a mixed piece for the Contemporary Keyboard Society.


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