Linda Bouchard

Val-d’Or, Québec, 1957
  • Composer

Biography

Canadian born Linda Bouchard has lived most of her adult life in the USA while carrying an active career on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1978, she went to study with Henry Brant au Bennington College, a mentor who had a tremendous impact on her. She pursued a Master’s degree in composition at the Manhattan School of Music and proceeded to lived in New York City through the 80s where she composed, led contemporary music groups and opera and made orchestral arrangements for churches and ballet companies. She has composed over 90 works in a variety of genres, from orchestral and chamber works to dance scores, concerti, vocal pieces and multimedia theatrical works.

In the early 90s she moved back to Montréal and was composer-in-residence with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, where she composed several works for the orchestra, and organized 20th-Century Music events such as the First Orchestral Workshop and the Summer Music Festival: Atonal Departure.

In 1997, she won the Prix Opus for Composer of the Year. This is also marks the year she moved to San Francisco, where she has lived since then with her husband and her son. In June 2001, she was invited to participate at IRCAM’s “Stage d’informatique musicale” in Paris, at which time she started to integrate electronics into her works. In the fall 2005, she founded NEXMAP: New Experimental Music Arts and Performance, a non-for-profit arts organization dedicated to the presentation of international artistic events.

[source: www.quatuorbozzini.ca] [iv-12]

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