Three inspiring days with Simon Bertrand
March 4, in the afternoon to
March 7, in the morning
This intensive program is split into two components. One part of the day will be dedicated to the analysis of existing works (Ives, Dutilleux, Ligeti, Feldman, Vivier, and Bertrand), the other part will be reserved for individual teaching sessions lasting 45 minutes.
This component provides an overview of the aesthetics and musical language through works of the composers listed above, according to specific parameters such as the pitch structure (modes, series, fixed register, spectral music etc.), and the compositional processes used (form, stratification, timbre, orchestration, etc.)
Individual composition lessons:
Composers are invited to bring existing works or works in progress as well as a miniature for cello. These will be discussed with the teacher. Composers will also be invited to participate in a workshop on cello writing, which will be led by Stéphane Tétreault. He will also read the miniatures composed for cello.
Simon Bertrand, composition
In addition to being active on the jazz scene and with a number of symphony orchestras, Simon Bertrand studied clarinet, saxophone and chamber music at the Conservatoire de Montréal from 1986 to 1989. From 2003 to 2009, he worked as a doctoral teaching assistant with Denis Gougeon and José Evangelista, teaching classes in counterpoint, orchestration, composition and contemporary composition. In 2011-2012, he was nominated for the Conseil québécois de la musique’s Opus prize for “Creation of the Year”. The next year, he received the Opus prize for “Composer of the Year” in recognition of his work throughout the 2011-2012 season.
During 2015 and 2016, Simon Bertrand’s work was presented in every part of Canada by many of the great Canadian orchestras, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and the Toronto, Edmonton and Newfoundland Symphonies. He also composed the score for Chloé Robichaud’s film Pays, presented at a number of festivals including the TFF (Toronto) and the BFI Festival (London).
Composer of over forty pieces, Simon Bertrand has seen his work performed in several countries by a wide range of soloists, ensembles and orchestras. His works have been broadcast by Radio France, Radio-Canada and NHK (Japan).