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,Claire Marchand

Regional Director
cmarchand@musiccentre.ca

Acclaimed by the critics for her subtlety of colors, technique and magnificently balanced virtuosity, Claire Marchand, flutist, won the Opus Prize in Québec for the best concert of the year in the contemporary music category.

She can be heard on ATMA label in a recording of 20th century music for solo flute and in chamber music (Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire); on ANALEKTA label, playing the Mozart concerto for flute and harp with Les Violons du Roy, conducted by Bernard Labadie.

She studied arts management at HEC (University of Montréal), worked for the Canada Council for the Arts as a Music officer, and is currently executive director and artistic director at the Centre de musique canadienne au Québec in Montréal since 2015. Her role is to establish connections between composers, performers and the public, to increase awareness of Canadian music, specifically that of Quebec composers.

Louis-Noël Fontaine
Louis-Noël Fontaine
Music Publishing
Atelier de reprographie
atelier@musiccentre.ca

After studying clarinet with Pierre Gostau for ten years, Louis-Noël Fontaine developed an interest for the baritone saxophone and made it his principal instrument.

He studied at the Université du Québec à Montréal, at the Université de Montréal and attended numerous workshops with Jean-Marie Londeix at the Orford Arts Center.

Mr. Londeix's encouragement made Mr. Fontaine study with Jean Ledieu, a baritone saxophone specialist, at the Conservatoire de Nancy (France). Later, he studied at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux (France) with Jean-Marie Londeix and attended an international workshop given by Daniel Deffayet in Annecy (France).

Louis-Noël Fontaine also participated as a performer in many saxophone symposiums and conventions in Montreal, Quebec City, Binghamton, Winnipeg and Washington. Also he gave concerts in Belgium and in France where he premiered many contemporary composer’s works in addition to his own compositions.

He also studied composition with Jacques Hétu and André Prévost. As a composer, he has written and arranged nearly one hundred pieces for saxophone. His works have been performed in Canada, Germany, France, Belgium and the United States.