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Pierick Houdy: Biography

Pierick Houdy
1929 -
Region: International

Pierick Houdy

Pierick Houdy, born on January 18, 1929 in Rennes, France, studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris. His teachers were Darius Milhaud, Olivier Messiaen, Nadia Boulanger, Marguerite Long and Maurice Duruflé. He won the Grand Prix de Rome, the Grand Prix de la ville de Paris and premier prix in composition at the Conservatoire.

He directed the Conservatoire National de Musique in Tours (1955-60), later teaching in Paris at the Schola Cantorum and directing the Maîtrise d'enfants of the ORTF until 1969. He was, as well, choir director at the Église Saint-Séverin.

In 1970 he came to Canada as a visiting professor at Laval University. In 1971, he was appointed professor of composition at the Québec Conservatory, a position that he still holds. He has been a Canadian citizen since 1976.

Houdy's music is not attached to any school. It is not music that attempts originality at any cost, and it is recognizable, after one hears a few measures, in whatever genre it is written.

Canadian Music Council, Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (SACEM)


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