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François Dompierre |
Canadian Composer

François Dompierre

François Dompierre was born on July 1, 1943, in Ottawa.

As a young man, he studied at the University of Ottawa, the Orford Music and Conservatoire de musique in Montreal. While learning the technical theory of music, his true passion at this time was improvising and playing jazz.

After his studies, he wrote more than 200 songs, including the successes L’âme à la tendresse and Demain matin Montréal m’attend, and released an instrumental album.

He worked with Pauline Julien, Claude Gauthier, Monique Leyrac, Pierre Calvé and Renée Claude, amongst others, as orchestrator and music director. He also produced albums for Félix Leclerc’s including Le tour de l’île.

In collaboration with Michel Tremblay, he wrote the musical Demain matin Montréal m’attend. He also worked with Jacques Godbout on the movie IXE-13. After that, writing sound trakcs became his first mean of expression. Throughout his career, he wrote more than sixty sound tracks.

More recently, he worked on an opera inspired by Is Paris Burning (by Lapierre and Collins) with the American librettist Leonard H. Orr.

His orchestra compositions are played on a regular basis in Canada and abroad.

As a conductor, he had the opportunity to work at the Opéra de Paris and the Bulgarian Radio. He also conducted Vancouver, Montreal and Quebec symphony orchestras. In 2014, he chaired the panel for the Richard Lupien Improvisation Prize at the Montreal International Musical Competition.

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