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Linda Bouchard: Biography

Linda Bouchard
1957 -
Region: Québec

Linda Bouchard

French-Canadian Linda Bouchard has composed over 50 works in a variety of genres, from orchestral and chamber works to dance scores, concerti, and vocal pieces. Her works have been heard extensively on both sides of the Atlantic and have been recorded by the CBC Elan and Analekta Compressions in Canada, ECM Pourtinade in Germany, and CRI Lung Ta, Black Burned Wood in the US. A full compact disc of orchestral works called Exquisite Fires was released in 1998 on the Canadian label Marquis Classics. She has won four SOCAN awards in Canada with Icy Cruise, Revelling of Men, Triskelion, and Fanorev. Her honors in the US include first prizes in the Princeton Composition Contest with Elan, the Indiana State Competition with Fanorev and the National Association of Composers USA Contest with Ma Lune Maligne.

She lived in New York City from 1979 to 1990 where she composed, led contemporary music groups such as the New York New Music Ensemble and the New Music Consort, and made orchestral arrangements for the Washington Ballet, the St. Luke's Orchestra and various churches in the Metropolitan area. In 1988, she created her own performing ensemble called Abandon Ensemble for which she wrote: Muskoday, Possible Nudity, Le Scandale, the Minotaurus and Propos IV. She also was Assistant Conductor for the New York Children's Free Opera with the St. Luke's Orchestra from 1985 to 1988. In 1990, she returned to Canada for the premiere of her first orchestral work Elan which was commissioned by the New Music America Festival held in Montréal. Her next commission was for the opening of the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal with a piece for two spatially separated ensembles Ire. From 1990 to 1992 she was guest conductor for the "Atelier de Musique Contemporaine" of l'Université de Montréal, and served as artistic coordinator of FORUM 91 for le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. From September 1992 to August 1995, Ms. Bouchard held the position of Composer in Residence for the National Arts Centre (NAC) Orchestra in Ottawa. During her residency, 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 early 1994 she served as musical director and conductor for the NAC performance of Mauricio Kagel's Variété. Ms. Bouchard was music director for the 20th-Century Songs Integration Program at the Banff Center in 1994 where she worked with Richard Armstrong for the first time. She returned as Guest Artist to give master classe in composition in 1995. In 1996 she conducted the premiere of her Pilgrims' Cantata at the Oregon Bach Festival.

In 1997, Ms. Bouchard received the Prix Opus as "Composer of the Year" by the Conseil Quebecois de la Musique and she won the Joseph S.Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts for her outstanding contributions in music. In 1998, she was one of the featured composers at the Other Minds Festival in San Francisco where she led the SF Contemporary Music Players in the West Coast premiere of her Ductwork. In 2000, she was the featured composer at the two most prestigious Canadian contemporary music festivals: the Winnipeg Symphony New Music Festival and the Vancouver New Music Festival where she conducted the premiere of her latest orchestral work The Open Life, with the Vancouver Symphony. She also conducted the Vancouver New Music ensemble and the Standing Wave Ensemble. Her theatrical fashion show Musique Défilé, directed by Richard Armstrong, was premiered by le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne in Montreal in February 2000 and was performed in June at the International Arts Festival in Singapore. She was guest conductor of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players in 1982 for the premiere of Revelling of Men. She returned as guest conductor in February 1998 and October 2000.

Ms. Bouchard is currently living in San Francisco with her husband and her son and is pursuing studies with IRCAM's Forum in sound analysis with the help of a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts and is completing several composition projects including an opera The House of Words.


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