Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Linda Bouchard

Musician, composer

Worked in Ottawa, 1992-1995.

"There have been few women in powerful positions but we're at a time when women are being given a position of power. The milieu of new music is much more open." - Linda Bouchard

Born in 1957 in Val d'or, Quebec; lives in San Francisco.

Invited by musical director Trevor Pinnock to become the first composer in residence for the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, 1992-1995.

Introduced a number of programs to encourage public involvement at the NAC and made great strides in bringing contemporary classical music to a wider audience.

In 1998, released CD Exquisite Fires: Music of Linda Bouchard, featuring the NAC Orchestra (selection of work commissioned during her tenure in Ottawa).

More than 50 of her compositions, ranging from pieces for orchestras and chamber groups to dance scores, concerts and vocal works, have been recorded on both sides of the Atlantic.

Nominated for a 1999 Juno Award in the Best Classical Compositions category for her NAC Orchestra-commissioned Songs for an Acrobat.

Honoured as Composer of the Year by the Conseil québécois de la musique at its 1998 Prix Opus gala.


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