Monday, June 5, 2017 at 8pm
Pascal Côté, Conductor
French Canadian conductor of Aboriginal descent, Pascal Côté is the artistic director of the Société Philharmonique de Montréal (Montreal Philharmonic Society) and the director of the Chœur de l’UQAM (UQAM Choir), succeeding Maestro Takács who passed away in February 2015.
Dynamic and inspired before mass assemblies, Pascal Côté has led both the Société Philharmonique de Montréal Orchestra and the Caprice Ensemble (Mattias Maute) during major concerts. He has also partnered with the Orchestre métropolitain du Grand Montréal, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, as well as performed with alternative music band Dear Criminals.
After studying under Fred Stoltzfus, Iwan Edwards, Raphaëlle Livio Ponti, Bernard Tétu and Miklós Takács, Pascal Côté began conducting the FORESTARE guitar ensemble, leading them in nearly 200 concerts in Canada and abroad. The ensemble has recorded two albums under the ATMA Classique label; their eponymous debut album was released to critical acclaim, winning the 2007 Félix Award for best instrumental album. In October 2009, he was invited to lead the el Ensamble de Guitarras de Chile during the Festival internacional de Guitarra Entrecuerdas in Santiago.
Several major projects await Pascal Côté in 2017 to mark the 35th anniversary of the Société Philharmonique de Montréal Orchestra.