Simon Martin

  • Rouyn-Noranda, Québec, 1981
  • Composer

Born in Rouyn-Noranda (Québec), Simon Martin (1981) is a composer and producer of contemporary concert music. As the founding director of Projections libérantes (2011), he has completed three productions to this day:

  • Hommage à Leduc, Borduas et Riopelle (2012) was presented 8 times for a total in-hall audience of about 800, plus a broadcast on the national state radio (ICI Musique, 2014) and an album (DAME/collection QB, 2015). This album was nominated for the Opus Award for Best Album — Modern / Contemporary Music.
  • Musique d’art pour quintette à cordes (2015) was premiered at Festival Montréal/Nouvelles musiques and reprised in Dresden (Festspielhaus Hellerau, 2016) and Québec (Erreur de type 27, 2017). It was broadcasted by the German state radio (Deutschlandfunk, 2017).
  • Musique d’art pour cor, trombone, tuba et électronique will be premiered in Montréal in May 2017.

Following in the footsteps of American composers Harry Partch, La Monte Young and James Tenney, Simon Martin’s music increasingly focuses on natural intonation. His concert pieces, always full of drama, retain part of the ambition found in the large formats of German post-Romanticism.

In 2016, Simon Martin was presented with $10,000 by Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec as the winner of the 2014-2015 Opus Prize — Composer of the year.


On Disc

  • An inspiring visit of the exhibit Leduc, Borduas et le paysage de Saint-Hilaire, presented in 2005 by the Musée des beaux-arts de Mont-Saint-Hilaire, incited a desire to compose works paying hommage to these two painters as well as to Riopelle…
  • A vibrant portrait of the state of the art in Canadian new music…