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Andre Moisan

Andre Moisan

Andre Moisan is a French-Canadian bass clarinettist, saxophonist and conductor who performs extensively throughout both Canada and Europe.




André Moisan is known for his consummate mastery of his instruments, his impressive musicality and the clarity of his playing. Since 1977, he has made regular concert and radio appearances as a soloist and chamber player. His numerous concerts abroad, in particular at Carnegie Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Radio-Berlin have established him as a leading performer in his field.

In the field of orchestral music, Mr. Moisan has worked under renowned conductors, mainly with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He first performed with the Orchestra in 1977, under Andrew Davis, and made his first solo appearance in 1997 with Charles Dutoit. Since May 1999 he has held the position of principal saxophone and bass clarinet.

Besides his work as a concert and recital artist, André Moisan is also a conductor. A co-founder, with the late Bruce Bower, of Les Vents de Montréal, he also founded one of the few clarinet choirs in Canada, at the Université de Montréal.

A member of the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) since 1977, he was also a member of the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne from 1989 to 1996. André Moisan has won many awards during his career and was nominated for Opus prizes in four consecutive years as soloist, chamber-music player and conductor.

A host and accomplished educator, Andre Moisan has led the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in its Youth Concerts series since 1998, and also conducts performances in the Children's Corner series. In 2003 he won the ‘Family Concert' Opus Prize for a concert in this series. Additionally, he conducts a number of other orchestras, in Canada and abroad. André Moisan currently teaches at the Université de Montréal and, during the summer,s at the Orford Arts Centre. He has also taught clarinet and served as a soloist and coach on many occasions with the Jeunesses Musicales of Canada World Orchestra as well as at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.

André Moisan began studying the clarinet with his father, Gilles Moisan, clarinettist at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra from 1952 to 1998. He continued his training with another Montreal Symphony Orchestra principal, Robert Crowley, and at DePaul University in Chicago with Larry Combs, principal clarinet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and then in Berlin with Karl Leister.