Emilie Girard-Charest


Composer-in-Residence 2019

Émilie Girard-Charest is a cellist, a composer and an improviser dedicated to new music. As a chamber musician, both as soloist and member of various ensembles, she has taken part in the premiere of more than sixty new works and has worked closely with many composers, most notably Malcolm Goldstein, Maxime McKinley, Brice Catherin, Cecilia Arditto, Marc Sabat, Graciela Paraskevaídis, Enno Poppe and Jorge Diego Vazquez. Her own compositions have been performed by several ensembles, namely Novarumori, Qhirqhiña, Quasar, Continuum, Thin Edge New Music Collective, SuperMusique, Molinari Quartet and by the members of No hay banda.

She has also released several albums, including Enthousiasme viscéral (in duet with Sergio Castrillón, 2019, Mikroclimat), Uncanny Valley (in duet with Marc Vilanova, 2017, audiotalaia) Émilie préfère le chant (2016, Ambiances Magnétiques), Race with time (in duet with Mart Soo, 2016, Improtest Records), Avec (2016, Kohlenstoff Records) and Musica in camera (Quatuor d’occasion, 2014, &records).

Emilie maintains an active international touring schedule and has appeared herself in performance at numerous festivals in Canada (Festival de musique actuelle de Victoriaville, OFF Festival de Jazz, Festival de Jazz de Montréal, Festival de Jazz de Québec, Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques, Modulus Festival); the United States (Avant-Music Festival, New York); Belgium (Ars Musica); Austria (Klangspuren Schwaz and Impuls); Germany (Darmstadt Ferienkurse for Neue Musik and Donaueschingen Musiktage); Chile (Encuentro Internacional de Compositores); Argentina (Muchas Músicas and Sonido Presente); Estonia (Autumn Festival); Finland (MuTe Fest); Spain (Mixtur) and Macedonia (Macedonian Music Days) as well as in concerts in France, Russia, San Marino and Uruguay.

She has also taken part in various theatre, dance and performance art productions, such as Rhinocéros by Eugène Ionesco (Troupe Éponyme directed by Jocelyn Sioui), Couloir et Chambres by Philippe Minyana and La fête à Jean by Pierre-Luc Lasalle (Théâtre L’Instant, directed by André-Marie Coudou), ADN by Dennis Kelly (Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique de Montréal, directed by Sylvain Bélanger), the Physical Theater Choir Project (Vicki Tansey), The Sticks (Andrew Tay) and Le frottement du monde (Sarah Bronsard).

Émilie holds a degree in cello (Denis Brott) and in composition (Michel Gonneville) from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and a CoPeCo Master (Contemporary Performance and Composition) from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. She is now pursuing her doctoral studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse de Lyon under the supervision of Philippe Hurel and Laurent Pottier.

She has received numerous awards and grants in support of her composition career, most notably the Bourse de développement de carrière from the Foundation of the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal (2014), the Prix d’Europe de Composition Fernand-Lindsay (2015) and the Robert-Fleming Prize of the Canada Arts Council.

Émilie plays a cello made by Angel Alvarez Verde.

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Composer-in-Residence 2017-19

A native of Istanbul, Dr. Turgut Erçetin studied composition and completed his doctorate studies at Stanford University with Brian Ferneyhough as his advisor. Erçetin’s current works engage with issues of sound, not as sonic colors but as entities that are perceived at various degrees of complexity as a result of dynamics continually changing in time and space. Most of his research and works, therefore, are involved with acoustics and psychoacoustics, as well as with computer-aided compositional processes. His solo, chamber and electro-acoustic works have been performed throughout the US and Europe with notable performances at Ultraschall, MaerzMusik, Gaudeamus Festival, Manifeste, and many other festivals. He has collaborated with pioneering ensembles such as The Arditti Quartet, The JACK Quartet, ELISION Ensemble, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and Ensemble Mosaik as well as many others.

Recently, he was awarded with the prestigious Berliner Künstlerprogramm of DAAD for a yearlong residency in Berlin. Erçetin has taken part in many research projects, the focus of which lies on musical and architectural acoustics. One of these research projects is a CCRMA (Computer Research in Music and Acoustics) project, which engages with the virtual modeling of Hagia Sophia acoustics. As a lecturer, Erçetin has given numerous talks on his music and the research projects he has conducted, at academic institutions such as the Akademie der Künste Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Universität der Künste Berlin, Royal Conservatory The Hague, IEM Graz, and Stanford University. His compositions are published by Edition Gravis in Berlin.

Former artists-in-residence

Dariusz Przybylski [PL], Ruth Wiesenfeld [D], Nana Forte [SI], Juste Janulyte [LT], Guillaume Cailleau [FR], Nicolai Worsaæ [DK]