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Alexandre David

Alexandre David (1989; Montréal, Canada) is a French Canadian composer, performer, teacher and radio presenter currently based in Montréal. His projects revolve around his various interests: transdisciplinarity, sociology and musical semiology, often in close collaboration with artists from various origins. Inspired by the traduction and transformation of extra-musical sources to a musical form, he is interested in the listener’s perception towards musical objects and the meaning they can convey.

His catalog includes more than 40 works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, choir, soloist and gamelan. Described as being eventful, pictorial and virtuosic, his music has been performed in Canada, the United States, South Korea, and Croatia. He notably collaborated with l’Orchestre Métropolitain (cond. Jean-François Rivest), l’Orchestre de la Francophonie (cond. Jean-Philippe Tremblay), the Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra (cond. Deanna Tham), the Avanti! Ensemble (dir. József Hárs), le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (cond. Fabián Panisello), the Land’s End Ensemble, Ensemble Paramirabo, Ensemble Mise-en (cond. Moon Young Ha), Projet ISO, Instruments of Happiness, Ensemble Arkea (cond. Dina Gilbert), Ensemble Choros, Ensemble Giri Kedaton (cond. Dewa Made Suparta), l’Ensemble de saxophones de Montréal, Ensemble Kô (cond. Tiphaine Legrand) as well as with the soloists Philippe Prud’homme, Claudine Ledoux, Julie Trudeau, Christopher Goddard and Jean-Guy Boisvert.

In 2015, his piece La grande Rapa for piano trio wins first prize for the Land’s End Ensemble Composer Competition. In 2016, his work Le silence qui suit wins the prize for the Choros Ensemble’s Composition Competition as well as the second prize of the Prisme Ensemble’s Composition Competition. The collective work De Natura Sonorum, for which he contributed with four other composers, is a finalist for the Prix Opus 2018 and for the Prix collégien de musique contemporaine that year. This same year, he wins the Ensemble de Saxophones de Montréal’s Composition Competition, for which he writes the new work « Seokgamoni Bul » presented at the 18th Annual Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia. He is also a recurring recipient of grants and awards from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec.

Alexandre has taken part in training programs such as Sävellyspaja (Porvoo, Finlande), the Nief-norf Summer Festival (Knoxville, TN, États-Unis), Soundstreams Emerging Composers Workshop (Toronto, ON, Canada), the Waterloo Regional Contemporary Music Sessions (Waterloo, ON, Canada), the Atlantic Music Festival (Waterville, ME, United-States), the Orford Academy (Orford, QC, Canada), Incubating 001 (Seoul, South Korea) and to residencies such as the Playa Center (Summer Lake, OR, United-States), the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (Saratoga, WY, United-States) and at Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden (Dresden, Germany).

Alexandre has been teaching Balinese music at the University of Montreal since 2015. He also hosts Pulsar, a french radio program presenting contemporary music. He holds a Master degree in composition from the University of Montreal in Canada where he studied with François-Hugues Leclair and Denis Gougeon. Through his various training programs, he benefited from the mentoring of composers James Rolfe, David Lang, Edith Canat de Chizy, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Christopher Adler, Alexandre Lunsqui, Jukka Tiensuu, Tomi Räisänen, Ana Sokolovic, Jean Lesage and Nils Vigeland.

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