Conceptor, General and Artistic Director of MISQA (McGill International String Quartet Academy), Prof. André J. Roy teaches viola, chamber music and orchestral studies at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University where he also served as Chair of the Department of Performance. He is the author of “String Quartet Technique”, a book on intonation and coordination exercises for string quartet training.
Upon graduation from the Curtis Institute, he is named 1st Assistant Solo Viola of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Three times recipient of the Canada Council of the Arts, his concerts took him through Canada, the United States, and Europe.
A devoted and sought after viola teacher, his students have won positions in orchestras around the world, many of which are title chairs positions. As a chamber music pedagogue, Prof. Roy has trained and mentored many young string quartets that have been laureates of several international competitions.
Prof. Roy regularly give classes at many other institutions including the Colburn School of Music, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the University of Toronto and the University of Stuttgart and at several festivals and programs including the International Viola Congress, Aldeburgh Music Festival, CasalMaggiore International Festival, ENCORE Chamber Music, Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute, Toronto Summer Music Academy, Morningside Music Bridge and at Orford Music.