ARTISTIC DIRECTION: VÉRONIQUE LACROIX, CONDUCTOR

Véronique Lacroix completed her musical studies in 1988 at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, where she was the recipient of numerous distinctions. She founded the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+) in 1987 to be able to work closely with composers, and served as artistic director for several ensembles in Quebec and Ontario. The winner of multiple conducting awards from both the Canada Council for the Arts (twice) and the Ontario Arts Council, she also received the 2007 Prix Opus for Artistic Direction of the Year, honouring her 20 years at the helm of ECM+, whose programming offers audacious multidisciplinary productions.

Passionate about creation, she discovers emerging Canadian composers and showcases their work for the public, with whom she is eager to share her vision. In recognition of her involvement in the creation of numerous Canadian works, she was appointed as Ambassador for the Canadian Music Centre and won the Friends Of Canadian Music Award 2009, awarded jointly by the Canadian Music Centre and the Canadian League of Composers.

Since 1995, Véronique Lacroix has enjoyed directing the apprenticeship of young virtuosos at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, preparing their journey through the contemporary music repertoire, and she is regularly invited to conduct in Canada and abroad.

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