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Isabelle Panneton: Biography

Isabelle Panneton
1955 -
Region: Québec

Isabelle Panneton

Born in Sherbrooke, ISABELLE PANNETON began her musical training through piano lessons with Irène Ducharme. After three years of scientific studies, she transfered to the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal where she was awarded first prizes in counterpoint (1977), harmony (1979) and fugue (1980), in Magdeleine Martin's classes, as well as first prizes in analysis (1981) and composition (1984) with Gilles Tremblay. Her curriculum also included studies in orchestration, electro-acoustic music and conducting.

With the support of the Canada Arts Council and the Quebec Government, she spent the next three years (1984-1987) in Belgium and devoted her time to composition under the supervision of Philippe Boesmans. Through composition seminars held at IRCAM during the first six months of 1986, she was also able to gain deeper insight into the thoughts and works of composers Tristan Murail, Wolfgang Rihm, Michael Levinas and Marco Stroppa. In June 1994, with the help of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, she attended the "Technology and composition" seminars given by composers Jean-Claude Risset and Michaell Jarrell at IRCAM's Summer Academy.

Her catalogue numbers more than twenty works which have been heard in Quebec as well as abroad, notably in Paris, Vienna, Geneva, London and Brussels, on the occasion of the Festival de Wallonie, in 1985. That same year, she was awarded a prize in the chamber music category of a national contest organized by the Société des Droits d'Exécution, and her work Voilage was chosen to represent Canada at Unesco's International Tribune of Composers.

Since then, the works of Isabelle Panneton have been performed by interpreters such as Lise Daoust, Louise Bessette, Julie-Anne Derome and Marc Courroux, as well as by the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Orchestre Métropolitain and The Continuum Ensemble of London.

From 1987 to 1995, she taught in the Department of Music at Concordia University and currently divides her time between composition and teaching at the Faculté de musique de l'Université de Montréal where she was named associate-professor in1995.

Isabelle Panneton is currently at work on a commission from l'Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal to be premiered in April 2001, and on a children's opera based on an unpublished work of Anne Hébert which will be performed by le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and the company "Les coups de Théâtre" in the fall of 2002.

February 2001


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