Dom André Laberge
Dom André Laberge, o.s.b. is the organist of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac (Québec, Canada). He first studied at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal where he had Bernard Lagacé (organ), Kenneth Gilbert (harpsichord), Gilles Tremblay (musical analysis), and Françoise Aubut (harmony and counterpoint) as teachers. At the end of his studies in 1972, he won a First Prize for organ, a First Prize for harpsichord and a First Prize for analysis. With grants from the Arts Council of Canada in 1978 and 1979, Dom Laberge came to Europe to further develop his technique and musicianship. He studied organ with Xavier Darasse in Toulouse, and harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam. Since he returned to Canada in 1979, Dom Laberge has divided his time—beside his monastic duties and his tasks as the Abbey Prior, Novice Master and Organist—between private teaching and recording.