Michel-Georges Brégent

Montréal (Canada), 1948-1993

Even before Michel-Georges Brégent entered the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal where he studied composition with Gilles Tremblay, the originality of his artistic temperament was already manifest in musical ventures of a striking new conception. His works, like their author, overflow with energy. For a long time, this vitality has permitted the composer, who does not believe in the separation of genres, to write and to perform rock music mixed with jazz and contemporary elements — a production which was labelled ‘classico-cosmic rock’ by the Montréal critics. A prolific composer, Brégent was commissioned by renown ensembles and musicians such as the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, Duo contemporain (from The Netherlands), Arditti Quartet, Pentaèdre, Michael Laucke, Rivka Golani, the Orchestre des jeunes du Québec and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

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