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Robin Minard: Biography

Robin Minard
1953 -
Region: International

Robin Minard

ROBIN MINARD received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1977 and was admitted to the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal to study composition and musical analysis with composer Gilles Tremblay. The Conservatoire awarded him a first prize in analysis in 1980 and a first prize in composition in 1981. In 1984 Minard received a Master of Music degree in composition from McGill University where he studied under the direction of composer John Rea. During this period, Minard was also the recipient of numerous awards for his works including, in 1978, a prize in the CAPAC National Young Composers' Competition for his orchestral work Léliah and, in 1981, prizes in both the CAPAC and PROCAN competitions for his chamber work Des Cadences.

Since 1984, part of Minard's work has been focussed in the area of environmental music: works designed for ambient performance or diffusion within a variety of public spaces or environments. His compositions in this genre include both music for traditional instruments as well as electronic music created for audio tapes and specific speaker installations.

Minard's works have been presented in Canada, West and East Germany, Holland, England, France and Poland. He has been awarded several commissions through The Canada Council of the Arts and, since early 1987, he has frequently worked on projects of both environmental and concert music as an independent composer at the electronic music studio of the Technische Universität Berlin, in West Berlin. In the fall of 1988 Robin Minard was awarded a Canada Council Paris Studio to undertake doctoral studies at the Université de Paris VIII.


CAPAC, Canadian League of Composers, Canadian Music Council, Canadian Electroacoustic Community