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Robert Girard

Robert Girard

Born into a family of organists, Robert Girard began his musical studies with his father, in Rivière-du-Loup. This was followed by courses with his uncle, Willie Girard, and with Father Léon Destroismaisons of the Collège of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière. Robert Girard was then accepted into the Conservatoire de musique de Québec under the tutelage of Claude Lavoie. In 1968 he won First Prize with honors for organ. With grants from the Province of Québec and the Canada Council, he pursued his studies in Europe, where, in 1973, he received the “Concert Diploma” with distinction from Vienna’s Hochschule für Musik, working with Marie-Claire Alain and with Anton Heiller. During his stay in Europe, Robert Girard gave several concerts, mainly in France, Spain, Poland, Austria and Switzerland. In his homeland he his heard regularly on the CBC French radio network and in several cities in Québec. In April of 1983 he toured the Maritimes with Montréal’s Carl Philipp Ensemble. Robert Girard has taught organ at Chi-coutimi’s Conservatoire de musique du Québec since 1973. Immersed in the activities of the area, he has filled, among other positions, that of pedagogical director of the Camp musical du Lac-Saint-Jean for two years. Since 1964, he has also been organist-in-residence of the Saint-Dominique Church, in Québec City.

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