Cléo Palacio-Quintin

(1971 - )

Constantly seeking new means of expression and eager to create, the flutist-improviser-composer Cléo Palacio-Quintin takes part in many premieres as well as improvisational multidisciplinary performances, and composes instrumental and electroacoustic music for various ensembles and media works. Since 1999, she extended these explorations into the development of a new instrument: the hyper-flute. Interfaced to a computer and software by means of electronic sensors, the enhanced flute enables her to compose novel electroacoustic soundscapes.


Over the years her compositions have been performed in The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, the U.K., Canada and the U.S., either by herself or various ensembles. Living in Montreal since 2002, she performs regularly as a soloist and improviser, especially with her duet Fiolûtröniq with the gamba player Elin Söderström.


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 is now pursuing doctoral studies in Montreal to compose new works for the hyper-flute and her new hyper-bass-flute. She is an active student-researcher at the Center for interdisciplinary research in Music Media and Technology (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.


She is the resident composer at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montreal for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons, where she invites many ensembles to collaborate with her and presents numerous new compositions.