Performer (organ)

Francis Leduc-Bélanger is a Montréal-based musician, photographer and videographer. He has been playing the trumpet since he was nine and has a passion for all types of music, whether it be from oral or written traditions or composed with the help of computer software. Leduc-Bélanger studied at McGill University with Edward Carroll (Soloist, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra) and Russell Devuyst (Montréal Symphony Orchestra). He perfected his skills at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Benjamin Raymond (Les Violons du Roy). He has attended workshops and private lessons with masters including Håkan Hardenberger, Marco Blaauw, Reinhold Friedrich, Manon Lafrance, James Thompson, Amy Horvey, Markus Stockhausen and many more. A seasoned improviser, he has performed in and around Montréal with several groups such as Archipel and night:clock (Jazz en rafale, Festi Jazz Mont-Tremblant), as well as recording with various artists including Cirque du Soleil, Philippe Brach and Gabrielle Shonk. He is a founding member of l’Orchestre de l’Agora (dir. Nicolas Ellis) and Ensemble Volte (dir. Thomas Leduc-Moreau). He also performed with the Opéra de Montréal, the Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and accompanied Les Violons du Roy on a North American tour.For many years Leduc-Bélanger has also had a passion for historical brass instruments. He has had the opportunity to perform on baroque and natural trumpets with various ensembles including Les Sonneurs at events such as the Montréal Baroque Festival.