François Tousignant

Tousignant, François. Composer, teacher, b Montreal, 26 Apr 1955; B MUS composition (Ottawa) 1977, Licence composition (Paris) 1979, D MUS composition (Montreal) 1985.

Tousignant, François

Tousignant, François. Composer, teacher, b Montreal, 26 Apr 1955; B MUS composition (Ottawa) 1977, Licence composition (Paris) 1979, D MUS composition (Montreal) 1985. He studied with Luis de Pablo at the University of Ottawa, Max Deutsch at the École normale de musique in Paris (on a Canada Council grant) and Serge Garant at the University of Montreal. In 1982 his work Durée won the second prize of the Sir Ernest MacMillan Award/Fellowship awarded by CAPAC. He was (1984-5) music director of the contemporary music concert series presented at the Maison du Citoyen in Hull, Que, and, in 1984 he wrote the music for the mass celebrated in Ottawa during the visit of Pope John Paul II. A grant from the University of Ottawa allowed him to study (1986-7) at IRCAM. Following a teaching appointment (1986-8) at the University of Ottawa, he became a professor at the University of Montreal in 1988. In 1987 he sat on the jury of the Canadian section of ISCM. In 1988 he took charge of the introductory lectures to contemporary music concerts at the NAC. His catalogue of compositions includes some thirty works, in which serialism is a dominant influence. Among these are La Chevelure... for three sopranos and electric piano (1978), a commission from the French government on the occasion of the centenary of Alfred Cortot's birth and the fiftieth anniversary of the hall named after him; Portrait, a music-theater work inspired by Beaudelaire (1984), Concerto for piano and orchestra (1985), and Diptyque for orchestra (1988).