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Yves Daoust: Biography

Yves Daoust
1946 -
Region: Québec

Yves Daoust

Composer, pedagogue and researcher, Yves Daoust has been working within Quebec's music scene and internationally since 1976. Through his works and engagements as a communicator and producer, he has largely contributed to the development of electroacoustic music in all its forms in Quebec.

In 1978, he co-founded the concert and experimental event production organisation ACREQ (Now known as ELEKTRA) which he led for seven years.

From 1976 to 1979, he worked as a sound designer for the National Film Board of Canada.

In 1980, he started a career as a professor, developing electroacoustic composition teachings in the Conservatory of Montreal and Quebec. He has retired from these institutions since 2011.

In parallel to composing and teaching, he has been working in collaboration with Alexandre Burton since 2004 for the creation and development of pedagogical sound creation tools intended for the school environment, as well as implementing them in schools. In order to fulfill this mission, he created the non-profit COSIMU in 2012, which develops the fonofone, a sound creation application for iPad and iPhone.

In addition to his abundant production of concert pieces, Yves Daoust collaborated to the conception and production of many shows aimed for young public, particularly with the "Arsenal à Musique" company for whom Planète Baobab received the Opus Prize for best creation for young public. (1999)

What we call mixed music (acoustic instruments and electroacoustic supports) takes an important space in his production since Valse (1980), a commission for the SMCQ, until Chorals ornés (2007/2008), « Opus Prize creation of the year 2008 » (Montreal) and the Official Selection 2009, Prince-Pierre-de-Monaco Prize for contemporary music.

In 2009, Yves Daoust received the Serge-Garant Prize (Émile-Nelligan Foundation, Québec), for the entirety of his body of work.




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