Linda Bouchard

(1957 - )

Born in Val d’Or (Québec), Linda Bouchard has been active as a composer, conductor and producer for the last thirty years.  Her works are heard regularly on both sides of the Atlantic and has been recorded by the CBC, Analekta, Marquis Classics and CMCin Canada; ECM in Germany and CRIin the US.  In 1977, Linda went to the USA to study with Henry Brant and in 1979, moved to New York City where she lived until 1991. She came back to Montreal for the world premiere of “Elan” with the Orchestre Métropolitain.  From 1992 to 1995, she was composer-in-residence with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.

In 1997, she left Québec once again to move to San Francisco where she currently resides with her husband and her son. In 1999, she received a first Prize as composer of the year from the Conseil Québecois de la Culture and the Joseph-S-Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts.  Her honours in the US include first prizes in the Princeton Composition Contest, the Indiana State Competition, the National Association of Composers USA Contest and a Fromm Foundation Award from Harvard University. Since 2002, Linda has been increasingly interested by the way our traditional artistic practices are influenced by the integration of new technologies. In the Fall of 2005, she founded NEXMAP, a non-for-profit arts organization that explores this new artistic landscapes.