Cléo Palacio-Quintin

(1971 - )

A versatile musician eager for creation, flutist-improviser-composer Cléo Palacio-Quintin participates in numerous premieres and multidisciplinary performances, and composes instrumental and electroacoustic music for various ensembles and media works. Since 1999, she has been developing her hyper-flutes. Interfaced to a computer and software by means of electronic sensors, the enhanced flute enables her to compose novel electroacoustic soundscapes. Interfaced to a computer and software by means of electronic sensors, the enhanced flute enables her to compose novel electroacoustic soundscapes. In addition to composing chamber music with electronics, she performs regularly as a soloist and improviser. Her works have been performed by herself or by various ensembles in several countries: England, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, United States of America, France, Italy, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland. Living in Montreal since 2002, she performs regularly as a soloist and improviser, especially with her duet Fiolûtröniq with the gamba player Elin Söderström.

She was the first woman to obtain a Doctorate in electroacoustic composition (2012) at the University of Montreal. Very active in the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media and Technologies (CIRMMT) at McGill University, where she received the Director's Interdisciplinary Excellence Prize 2008 in recognition of her having created an innovative bridge between scientific/technological and artistic domains. Her artistic work as been frequently funded by the Council of Arts of Québec and Canada and by the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture. She was composer in residence at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montreal from September 2009 to 2011. The Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM) awarded her the Opus Prize for Composer of the year, 2010-11.