Having participated in the last two Forums as a member of the CNMN, I sincerely believe I can make a contribution to the future of our organization. As a Canadian Music Centre Associate Composer, conductor, and professor of Composition at University of Regina, I have several key assets for this position. Thanks also to my training in administration (marketing), I have held key positions, such as Associate Artistic Administrator with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (2000-2002) and Artistic Director with the Nouvel Ensemble à Cordes de Québec (NEC) (2000-current). I also presented conferences in Poland, Italy, Korea, and Canada. I have been on several juries and committees at the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Manitoba Arts Council, among others. I am a member of the CLC (Canadian League of Composers), SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada), CMC (Canadian Music Centre), UCP (Polish Composers Union), AFM (American Federation of Musicians), and of course the CNMN (Canadian New Music Network). I am fluent in both official languages in use at the CNMN and I represent the non-Quebec Francophone community.”
Born in Cap-Santé, near Quebec City, Alain Perron studied oboe and composition in Trois-Rivières and Quebec City. He obtained his Master Degree in 1989 at Laval University under the supervision of François Morel. In 1993 he received two prestigious grants, one from SSHRC (Canada) and one from FCAR (Québec), to study with the renowned composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki at the Academy of Music in Cracow, Poland, where he received his doctorate in 1996.
Alain Perron has received numerous first prizes for his compositions for orchestra, including the Sir Ernest MacMillan Prize from SOCAN, the du Maurier New Music Festival in Winnipeg and the Mosaïco Music Festival Prize in Korea. He has also received many commissions from prestigious orchestras and ensembles such as the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne de Montréal, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Jugendkammerorchester in Stuttgart, the Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke, the Molinari String Quartet, the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), the Nouvel Ensemble à Cordes de Québec, the Nelligan Quartet, Rocco Parisi (Italy), the Fibonacci Trio, the Rubbing Stone Ensemble (Calgary), the National Youth Choir, the Claudel String Quartet, the Ensemble Transmission, the Bozzini String Quartet, Sixtrum and several from Société Radio-Canada and the CBC.
Many of Perron’s works have been recorded on CD, and played in several countries throughout Europe, Asia and the former Soviet Union. In addition, he also pursues careers as conductor and performer (oboe and English horn). He is the Artistic Director of Le Nouvel Ensemble à Cordes de Québec. In 2002 he was appointed professor of composition at the University of Regina where he is also the Music Director of the University Orchestra, the Student’s New Music Ensemble and the U of R New Music Ensemble.