Julien Bilodeau is one of the most prominent composers of his generation. After obtaining two masters degrees with great distinction from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, he furthered his studies in France and Germany, where he notably worked with Pascal Dusapin, Fausto Romitelli, and Karlheinz Stockhausen. In 2006, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded him the Robert Fleming Prize for exceptionally talented young Canadian composers. His works, whose styles and aesthetics are very diverse, have been performed around the world by leading ensembles including the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Itinéraire, Symphony Orchestra of the Americas, I Musici, Orchestre Métropolitain, and Nouvel Ensemble Moderne.
In 2011, Maestro Kent Nagano commissioned “Un cri élève nos chants,” a work premiered by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal on the opening night of Montreal’s Maison Symphonique. As a grant recipient from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Fonds de recherche Société et culture, Julien Bilodeau has also received several other commissions, and his catalogue includes over thirty works. Another Brick In The Wall – The Opera is his first opera.
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