One of a kind workshop with Simon Bertrand
March 6 to 8, 2018
This three-day intensive program is split into two components. Mornings will be dedicated to analysis of existing works (Stravinsky, Varèse, Messiaen, Berio, Dutilleux, Ligeti, Vivier…) while afternoons will be reserved for individual teaching sessions lasting 45 minutes.
This component provides an overview of the aesthetics and musical language of the composers listed above, with specific reference to form, the pitch structure (modes, series, fixed register, spectral music etc.), stratification, timbre, orchestration, etc..
Composers are invited to bring completed works or works in progress for discussion with the professor. A game of “exquisite corpse” will become the basis of a collective project.
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).