Personal Summary / Bio
I graduated from Laval University, in Québec City, in 1975, as a flute performance major. I picked up my first baroque flute a couple of years later, and I've never looked back. Though mostly self-taught on period flutes, I did do a summer session with Ricardo Kanji in 1978, and I enrolled on the Royal College of Music Early Music Course (1979-1980), where I worked under Nicholas McGegan (a few lessons with Lisa Beznosiuk while Nic was away teaching in America) and attended master classes by Stephen Preston and Nigel North at the Guildhall School.
For over 20 years, I've been playing as a duo with organist/harpsichordist/fortepianist Louise Fortin-Bouchard. As the Ensemble Les Concerts Royaux, we've concentrated for the past few years on repertoire for flute and fortepiano from the latter part of the 18th Century and the very early 19th.
I've also been a Director of Music in the Canadian Armed Forces for over 25 years, developing a keen interest in the very rich but too little known Canadian heritage of band music. And I've been an avid chorister for over 45 years.
Having recently retired from the Canadian Forces, I am currently developing a small music publishing business, with wares to be sold as downloadable PDF files through a forthcoming Web site. The 3 main focuses I'm planning relate to my main musical interests: 18th Century flute music, Canadian band music, and new arrangements and compositions for the choir of which I'm currently a member, Le Chœur Les Rhapsodes, based in Québec City.