A native of Quebec, Sylvain Bergeron perfected his skills in playing instruments in the lute family during his many classes in the United States and Europe with Professors Paul O’Dette and Eugène Dombois, among others. He is the cofounder of La Nef and one of its three artistic directors. Since the beginnings of the ensemble, he has created and directed over 20 productions, many of which have earned prizes and mentions.
An accomplished lute and theorbo player, Sylvain Bergeron is in great demand on the Canadian musical scene and gives over 60 concerts per season. Among the soloists of international standing with whom he has played and recorded are Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Jordi Savall, David Daniels, Magdalena Kozena, Daniel Taylor, Karina Gauvin and Suzie LeBlanc.
Sylvain Bergeron has toured across the five continents several times and has played under the direction of renowned conductors. He has participated in 66 recordings under various labels. He has received several grants from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and the Conseil des Arts du Canada. Sylvain Bergeron teaches lute, baroque guitar and continuo at McGill University and the Université de Montréal.