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Conducting Masterclass on Philippe Leroux's 'Continuo(ns)' with Pierre-André Valade and the Meitar Ensemble

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In collaboration with the Schulich School of Music and CIRMMT's Research Axis 4.

  • Special Event
When Oct 26, 2017
from 04:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Where Clara Lichtenstein Hall (C-209), Strathcona Music Building, 555 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal
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Meitar with Leroux and Valade

Photo of Meitar with Leroux and Valade; credit: Tal Flint


CIRMMT and the Schulich School of Music welcome Tel Aviv's Meitar Ensemble and noted conductor Pierre-André Valade for a special event on the music of Philippe Leroux. Two McGill student conductors will work with the ensemble on Leroux's Continuo(ns) (1994) under the pedagogical supervision of Pierre-André Valade. The event will close with a lecture by Leroux on his music with live demonstrations by the Meitar Ensemble.

  • 16h30-17h10: student conductor Jeffrey Klefstad 
  • 17h15-17h55: student conductor Simon Rivard
  • [CANCELLED] 18h00-18h30: lecture by Philippe Leroux with the Meitar Ensemble - This talk will not take place.


For the full biographies of all the following, please download the PDF: Masterclass complete biographies

Meitar Ensemble

Praised by the NY Times for their “excellence, poise and precision,” the Meitar Ensemble, founded in 2004 by pianist and it’s artistic director Amit Dolberg, has established itself as a prominent array of virtuosos specializing in contemporary music. In its eleven years of existence the ensemble led a revolution in Tel Aviv, placing the chamber contemporary music repertoire in the center of the musical scene. With the extraordinary commitment of its members, who take an active part in the decision making regarding artistic issues, projects, and the wide educational activities of the ensemble, this group has created the vibrant Center for New Music located at the Israel Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv. 

Pierre-André Valade was born in Corrèze, France in 1959. In 1991 he co-founded the Paris based Ensemble Court-Circuit of which he was Music Director for 16 years until 2008. He was Principal Conductor of Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen from 2009 to 2014. He currently has an active career as a guest conductor whilst continuing his relationship with Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen as a regular guest conductor. He was also appointed Principal Guest Conductor of Lyon based Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain in 2013 and has held the position of Conductor in Residence at the Meitar Ensemble in Tel-Aviv since 2014. In January 2001 he was awarded Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture.

Philippe Leroux was born in Boulogne Billancourt (France) in 1959.In 1978 he entered the Paris Conservatory (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique), studied with Ivo Malec, Claude Ballif, Pierre Schäeffer and Guy Reibel and obtained three first prizes. Meanwhile, he followed classes with Olivier Messiaen, Franco Donatoni, Betsy Jolas, Jean-Claude Eloy and Iannis Xénakis. In 1993 he was selected to enter the Villa Medicis in Rome for two years, where he remained until 1995.


This event is supported by the Schulich School of Music and CIRMMT. For their generous support the Meitar Ensemble would like to deeply thank the Adele and John Gray Endowment fund, Arkin Family, Dan Yakir.

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