Julien Bilodeau

Julien Bilodeau (Québec, 1974) is one of the most prominent composers of his generation. After obtaining two masters degrees with great distinction from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, he furthered his studies in France and Germany, where he notably worked with Pascal Dusapin, Fausto Romitelli, and Karlheinz Stockhausen. In 2006, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded him the Robert Fleming Prize for exceptionally talented young Canadian composers. His works, whose styles and aesthetics are very diverse, have been performed around the world by leading ensembles including the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Itinéraire, Symphony Orchestra of the Americas, I Musici, Orchestre Métropolitain, and Nouvel Ensemble Moderne.

In 2011, Maestro Kent Nagano commissioned Qu’unUn cri élève nos chants, a work premiered by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal on the opening night of Montreal’s Maison Symphonique hall. His first opera, Another Brick In The Wall – The Opera, was premiered in 2017 at Opera de Montréal with the stage director Dominic Champagne and it received two Opus Prizes (best event and best composer). His commitment to opera is further confirmed with the forthcoming of two new operas in collaboration with the writer Michel Marc Bouchard for the Opera de Montréal (2021) and the Canadian Opera Company (2022).