Gilles Bellemare is a composer and conductor. A native of Shawinigan, Québec, he studied music at the Trois-Rivières Conservatory where he was awarded premiers prix in percussion, harmony and composition, and deuxièmes prix in fugue and counterpoint. Among his teachers in Canada were Armando Santiago and Harry Freedman.
After winning awards from The Canada Council and the Direction Générale de l'Enseignement Supérieur of Québec, Bellemare enrolled, in 1978, at the Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia in Rome. There he worked with Maestro Franco Donatoni and in 1980 was awarded the advanced degree in composition of this prestigious institution. In 1981 he continued his training at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna with professor Erich Urbanner.
Bellemare's music is quite contemporary and based on an ongoing concern for structure and form. He has written for almost all manner of musical ensembles and already has some thirty works to his credit.
He is artistic director and permanent conductor of the Trois-Rivières Symphony. For that organization and other Canadian ensembles, he conducts more than twenty-five concerts annually.
Since 1984 he has been professor of composition and chamber music at the Conservatory in Trois-Rivières.