Marie-Chantal Leclair

Soprano saxophone, artistic director

Mainly interested in creative music Marie-Chantal Leclair shares most of her time between performing, artistic programming and improvisation.

In 2009 the Canadian Music Centre recognized her outstanding contribution to the development of Canadian music by awarding her the title of CMC Ambassador.

Besides her work with Quasar, Marie-Chantal Leclair is regularly invited to play with other ensembles, from chamber music groups to orchestras. Among others, she was heard with Bradyworks, Miriodor and Totem Contemporain. In 2008, she co-wrote, with Jean-Marc Bouchard, the music for the concert Cinq orients, which won the Opus Prize for "Concert of the year new music, electroacoustic". In spring 2010, she was guest soloist with the Appassionata Chamber Orchestra in the Villa-Lobos's Fantasy and the premier of a work by René Orea-Sanchez. More recently, in 2012, she was soloist with the Orchestre Métropolitain in Debussy's Rhapsody.

Very much involved in her community, Marie-Chantal Leclair is Vice President and member of the artistic management committee of the Le Vivier group. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Conseil québécois de la musique and was president of the Codes d'Accès concert society from 1994 to 1999.

As an apreciated teacher, Marie-Chantal Leclair has given master classes and conferences throughout Canada and Europe. She teaches saxophone at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University.

With a Master Degree in performance (MA) from Université de Montréal, Marie-Chantal Leclair has also completed an advanced training course in improvisation with the American flutist Robert Dick. 

« Dans les deux cas, la jeune Marie-Chantal Leclair montra autant d’aplomb que de musicalité. »
Claude Gingras, La Presse (2010)

«...un niveau virtuose et artistique proprement inouï...»
François Tousignant, Journal Le Devoir (2001)

À propos de son interprétation d'ACCIDENT, oeuvre solo de Louis Dufort pour saxophone et traitement temps réel.