Biography

Étienne Archambault

  • Quebec City, Québec, 1978
  • Composer

Étienne Archambault discovered concert music while playing jazz guitar in local bands and ensembles. He then pursued his studies at McGill University in Montréal, where he studied composition with Jean Lesage and Sean Ferguson, as well as orchestration with John Rea. He has recently completed a Master of Music (M.Mus.) degree in composition under the supervision of Denys Bouliane. He has received scholarships to participate in the Rencontres de Musique Nouvelle at Domaine Forget (Saint-Irénée, Québec) and the Voix Nouvelles composition session in Royaumont (France) where he studied composition with Brian Ferneyhough, Michaël Jarrell and François Paris. He has also taken part in masterclasses with Benedict Mason and Lasse Thoresen during the Montréal Nouvelles Musiques and Musimars festivals. His music has been performed in Canada and France by the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble (CME), the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), Quatuor Bozzini, Arraymusic, flutist Mario Caroli and accordeonist Pascal Contet. Archambault was twice rewarded in the annual SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, winning 1st prize in the Sir Ernest MacMillan category in 2006 and 2nd prize in the Serge Garant category in 2007.

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