ARTISTIC DIRECTION: VÉRONIQUE LACROIX, CONDUCTOR

The recipient of multiple conducting awards, Véronique Lacroix founded the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+) in 1987 to work closely with composers, and, for several years, served as artistic director for a number of symphonic ensembles in Quebec and Ontario. Now wholly dedicated to her passion for new Canadian works, over the years, she has discovered and showcased dozens of emerging composers through the Generation project.

As early as 1991, Lacroix added themed concerts to her ECM+ programming to bring contemporary music to a larger public. The multidisciplinary approach presenting musical creation in a concept close to the Gesamtkunstwerk aesthetics, creates a multi-sensory and immersive experience favourable to open mindedness towards new ideas and sounds.

In addition to her work with ECM+, Véronique Lacroix has enjoyed 22 years directing the young virtuosos at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, where her contributions as a teacher are highly regarded. Every summer, she leads the New Music workshop at the Orford Music Academy with longtime partners, including Ana Sokolović, with whom she’s been collaborating since 1996.

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