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Walter Boudreau

Walter Boudreau

Born in 1947, Canadian composer and conductor Walter Boudreau has composed nearly fifty works for various types of ensemble, as well as some fifteen film scores and two ballets.

Artistic director and principal conductor of the Ensemble de la Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) since 1988, Walter Boudreau has received a number of commissions from orchestras, ensembles and soloists, and has directed various groups in performances of contemporary music, including the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Radio France soloists, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the Orchestre Mondial des Jeunesses Musicales (Germany/Poland), the Ensemble de Musique Nouvelle de Liège, Toronto’s Gamelan Evergreen Club, and the Dangerous Kitchen ensemble.

Grand Prize winner of the inaugural CBC Radio National Competition for Young Composers (1974), recipient of the Prix Jules-Léger for new chamber music (1982), and the Grand Prix Paul-Gilson given by the Communauté des radios publiques de langue française (1991), Boudreau was recognized for his work as artistic director of the SMCQ with the 1991 Grand Prix, awarded by the Conseil des Arts de la Communauté Urbaine de Montréal. In 2003, he received the Molson Prize given by the Canada Council for the Arts, quickly followed in 2004 by the Prix Denise-Pelletier for performing arts-the most prestigious award given by the Quebec government in the area of culture and science.

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