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Marc Patch: Biography

Marc Patch
1958 -
Region: Québec

Marc Patch

Marc Patch is born in Montreal on the 19th of January 1958. In 1976 he devotes himself to music and enters the music program at Cégep de St-Laurent. In 1978 he is at McGill university studying piano with the Master Paul Loyonnet. In 1984 he got a B. Mus. in musicology and from the same university he got his Master’s degree in composition in 1991 under the supervision of his composition teacher Bruce Mather.

In the mean time, he went to the Conservatoire Royal de Liège from 1984 to 1986 where he studied composition with Philippe Boermans and from where he received a « premier prix d’harmonie ». Then in 1990 thanks to a scholarship from the canada Council for the arts he went to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in the class of Betsy Jolas.

He has won two first prizes at the national composers competition of SOCAN in the category music for voice and electroacoustic music. later on he obtained a first prize for his violin, cello and piano trio « Equus » from the « Eckhardt-Grammaté » Foundation, a prize of great prestige in Canada.

He is a certified composer with the Canadian Music Centre since 1994. He is very thankful for having received several scholarships from the canada Council for the Arts amongst which there has been one that brought him to the « Banff Centre for the arts » as composer in residence.

He was also the composer for a multi-media installation, in collaboration with three visual artists, called « The World Tea Party ». This work was representing Canada for the inauguration of the « Transcultural Pavillon » which celebrating the centennial anniversary of the famous Venice Biennial in Italy in 1995.

Since year 2000 he is researching micro tonality out of which came two works for the piano tuned in sixteenth of tone. Since 2007, he works also in video editing that accompanies the recordings of some of his compositions recordings, these are available on the internet web site of Youtube and also on the Canadian Music Centre’s web site.

In 2014 he gets a commission from the famous French ensemble called « Variances » for which he composed ‘Silver » of a duration of 21 minutes for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano. This piece was played in eight cities of the European and American continent. This work has had a huge success with reviews that were eulogistic.

In November 2016 he is invited by the Conservatoire Royal de Liège to give a conference on his music which was followed by two concerts of uniquely his compositions.

He finished recently the composition of the first act of an opera, « Mille mots pour Blanche-Neige », on a libretto of the famous Belgian poet Jacques Izoard who died prematurely while he was working on the second act. He is actually seeking a poet who will be able to complete that libretto and is also looking for financial support in order to produce this opera and for the means that will bring this work to be premiered.



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