Simon Martin

  • Rouyn-Noranda, Québec, 1981
  • Composer

Born in Rouyn-Noranda (Québec), Simon Martin is a composer and producer of contemporary concert music. As the founding director of Projections libérantes (2011), he has completed four 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 (2014) and an album (DAME / Collection QB, 2015). This album was nominated for the Prix Opus 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), Québec (Erreur de type 27, 2017) and Montréal (Suoni Per Il Popolo/Le Vivier, 2018). It was broadcasted by the German state radio (Deutschlandfunk, 2017).
  • Musique d’art pour cor, trombone, tuba et électronique (2017) was co-presented by Le Vivier in Montréal and featured the Berlin-based ensemble Zinc & Copper. This work was nominated for the Prix Opus — Best Creation (2016-2017).
  • Musique d’art pour violon, alto, violoncelle, contrebasse et électronique (2019) will be premiered Febuary 24, 2019, by Ensemble Musikfabrik at Festival Montréal/Nouvelles musiques.

Following in the footsteps of American composers Harry Partch, La Monte Young and James Tenney, 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, Martin was presented with $10,000 by Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec as the winner of the 2014-2015 Prix Opus — Composer of the year.


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