Julien Bilodeau (Québec, 1974) is one of the most prominent composers of his generation. Winner of two first prizes with major distinctions at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, he then perfected in Paris (IRCAM, CCMIX) and in Frankfurt (Ensemble Modern Akademie, Frankfurt). In 2006, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded him the Robert Flemming Prize awarded to the young composer considered to be the most promising. His works, whose style and aesthetics are very open and varied, have been performed around the world by leading ensembles including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Modern Ensemble, the Itinerary Ensemble, the Orchestra from the Americas of New York, the Metropolitan Orchestra of Greater Montreal and the New Modern Ensemble.
In 2011, Maestro Kent Nagano commissioned him “Un cri élève nos chants”, a work premiered by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra on the occasion of the inaugural evening of the Maison Symphonique de Montréal. Fellow of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Arts and Letters Council of Quebec and the Quebec Research Fund, Society and Culture, Julien Bilodeau also responds to the request of several other sponsors. His first opera, Another brick in the wall, directed by Dominic Champagne on the libretto by Roger Waters, was premiered in March 2017 by the Opéra de Montréal.
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