Quebec City, Québec, 1975

  • Composer

Born in Quebec city in 1975, Patrick Saint-Denis studied composition in the music conservatories of Quebec city, Montréal and The Hague. His main teachers were Serge Provost, Clarence Barlow and Louis Andriessen. His catalogue features a dozen of works including: Les dits de Victoire, for string octet (Jules-Léger prize 2004, First prize of the Socan Foundation young composers competition 2003, Serge-Garant category), Le discours aux animaux, for orchestra (First prize of the Socan Foundation young composers competition 2002, Sir-Ernest-Macmillan category) and Berceuse pour enfants perdus, for chamber orchestra and female voice (First prize of the Socan Foundation young composers competition 2003, Godfroy-Ridout category). His music has been played in North America, Europe and Asia in festivals such as the International Gaudeamus Music Week (The Netherlands, 2003, 2004). His music transports us into a world of emotion and memory, where resonates questions about identity and about the relationship to history. His influences are various: Charles Ives, Anton Webern, Gérard Grisey but also Anne Teresa de Keersmaker, Robert Lepage, Peter Handke, Ann Hamilton. He is presently working on a musical theatre based on The Waves by Virginia Woolf. He received support from the Canada council for the arts and from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. He currently resides in The Hague.

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