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Jacques Desjardins: Biography

Jacques Desjardins
1962 -
Region: Québec

Jacques Desjardins

Born in Montreal, Jacques Desjardins holds a Master's degree in composition from McGill University and a Doctorate in composition from The University of Michigan. He has studied mainly with Bruce Mather, Bengt Hambraeus, William Bolcom and William Albright. A frequent grant recipient from the Canada Council and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Jacques Desjardins also won First Prize in 1988 at the PRO-CAN competition for young composers, and the First Godfrey Ridout Prize in 1991 at the SOCAN competition. In November 1991, the Nouvel ensemble moderne commissioned a piece from him to represent Canada at FORUM 91. Jacques Desjardins has also received commissions from the Musica Nova Ensemble, the Arthur-LeBlanc Quartet, l'Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, the San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble and l'Association des orchestres de jeunes du Québec. His music has been performed in Canada, the United States and Europe, by internationally acclaimed ensembles such as The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Ijsbreker Ensemble of Amsterdam. From 1993 to 2002, Jacques Desjardins taught composition, harmony, counterpoint and analysis at l'École de musique de l'Université de Sherbrooke, where he also directed the Vocal Ensemble and New Music Ensemble. Since September 2002, he has joined the Faculty at The University of California, Santa Cruz, where he teaches Music History and conducts the UCSC Concert Choir.

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