Yannick Plamondon

229Yannick Plamondon, La fenêtre II
premiere: Nov. 15, 2009 Aventa Ensemble with Muge Buyukcelen, solo violin
Commissioned with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

One of the most gifted composers of his generation in Quebec, Yannick Plamondon was born on August 9, 1970, in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier near Quebec City. Initially self-taught, Plamondon studied composition at the Quebec Music Conservatory where he earned a Premier Prix with high honors. Under the supervision of Serge Provost, he subsequently obtained a master’s degree in 1999 from the Montreal Conservatory of Music and later worked under the tutelage of renowned composers including Jonathan Harvey, Luca Francesconi, Tristan Murail and York Höller.

Yannick Plamondon’s works have been performed in Canada and abroad by ensembles such as Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, L’Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the KORE Ensemble, the Toronto New Music Concerts ensemble, the New Music Ensemble of Kiev, The Netherland Radio Chamber Orchestra and KlangforumWien, amongst others.

Yannick won the CBC/Radio-Canada Competition for young composers in 1999 and the prestigious Jules-Léger Prize for New Chamber Music in 2002 for his work Autoportrait sur Times Square, a commission from Toronto’s Continuum ensemble.

Yannick Plamondon’s music is characterized by his natural gift for colour, recurrence, complex combinations, intertextuality and his desire to fuse lyricism with formalism. He writes for diverse instrumental combinations as well as for full symphony orchestra.

La Fenêtre II was commissioned by the Aventa Ensemble, with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts.  This concerto is scored for solo violin (electric), strings, brass, percussion and piano.