A short history of my musical life:
Falling in love with music: I started to play
the piano when I was seven. My grandfather paid to have an old upright piano
moved up from the basement to our appartment. This proved to be a determining
event in my life.
Apart from studying piano all through my childhood and adolescence, I studied harmony
and counterpoint with Prof. Marvin Duchow for several
years in private lessons. This kind and extremely generous man was not only
a profound musician, but a mentor and a friend when I most needed one.
I gave my piano debut concert at age 18.
At around the age of twenty-one a friend took
me to try out a new (at that time) tracker organ. It was love at first site,
and I began studying the organ, first with Dom André Laberge, and later
with Bernard Lagacé. Although I play less now, I became good enough
on the organ to be a finalist in the Dublin International Organ Competition,
and a semifinalist in the Toulouse Bach Competition.
I obtained a B.A. from Concordia University
and a Master's Degree from McGill University, but my real education in composition
took place when I was accepted to the Juilliard School. Not being an American
citizen, I could not work in the U.S., so I commuted for three years every
week to New York to obtain my doctorate, while working full-time in Montreal.
I studied at Juilliard with David Diamond, and for a few months with Elliott Carter.
I have taught at all four of Montreal's universities, and since 1982 have been a full-time faculty member at the Université de Montréal, where I am now a full professor. I teach mainly composition, writing skills, and also coach various chamber groups.
I am proud to have been awarded a prize as "Best Associate Professor" in my university in 1994.
My music has been played in Canada, in the United States, in Europe, in Russia, in Mexico, in Australia, and elsewhere. For a full list of my works and recordings, please see my worklist page.
Apart from composing, I occasionally perform as a pianist, usually - but not exclusively - playing my own music.
My pedagogical website is now world renowned and receives more than 80,000 visits per year!