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Michel R. Edward: Biography

Michel R. Edward

Region: Québec

Michel R. Edward

At the age of 7, Michel R. Edward began his musical studies at the Collège de Musique de Saint-Laurent. With a career as a concert pianist in mind, he continued on in music specialization at Loyola high School, and then at CEGEP Saint-Laurent. A serious injury to his hand brought those career plans to an end, however, a growing interest in musical creation took seed during a stay at the Camp Musical du Lac St-Jean. His first formal composition lessons were under Michel Longtin at CEGEP Saint-Laurent. First at Université de Montréal under André Prévost and Serge Garant, then under Allan Crossman at Concordia University, he obtained a B.F.A. in composition.

This was followed by many years of soul searching, where he tried his hand at film scoring and music for the stage. An eventual return to formal studies at Université de Montréal under Alan Belkin lead to a master’s degree in composition. His close friendship with Alan Belkin continued on after studies with joint concert productions.

This experience in concert production led to the establishment of the Festival de musique et des arts de Crabtree (in Lanaudière), for which he is acting artistic director and founding member.

Michel has been struggling, musically, with reconciling the polar opposites of his formal education: the modernism of Garant and Prévost, with the lyricism of Belkin and Crossman.