Linda Bouchard

Val-d’Or, Québec, 1957

  • Composer

Linda Bouchard is a composer, arranger, conductor and producer. The French Canadian lived in Montréal until 1978 and then went to study composition with Henry Brant at Bennington College. She did her graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and has composed over 60 works in a variety of genres, from orchestral and chamber works to dance scores, concerti, and vocal pieces. Her works have been heard extensively on both sides of the Atlantic and have been recorded by the CBC and Analekta in Canada, ECM in Germany, and CRI in the US. She has won several prizes in Canada and United States. She lived in New York City from 1979 to 1990 where she composed, led contemporary music groups such as the New York New Music Ensemble and the New Music Consort, and made orchestral arrangements, amongst other for the Washington Ballet, the St. Luke’s Orchestra. She was Assistant Conductor for the New York Children’s Free Opera with the St. Luke’s Orchestra from 1985 to 1988. In 1990, she moved back to Montréal just in time for the premiere of her first orchestral work Elan which was commissioned by the New Music America Festival. From September 1992 to August 1995, Ms. Bouchard held the position of Composer in Residence for the National Arts Centre (NAC) Orchestra in Ottawa, Trevor Pinnock, Music Director. In 1997, Ms. Bouchard received the prix Opus as “Composer of the Year” by the Conseil québecois de la musique and she won the Joseph S.Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts for her outstanding contributions in music. In the fall 2005, she founded NEXMAP, a non-for-profit arts organization dedicated to the presentation of artistic events. She has been living in San Francisco with her husband and her son since 1997.