Philippe Macnab-Séguin

(1992 - )

Philippe Macnab-Séguin is a young composer currently pursuing his M.Mus in composition at McGill University under the direction of Denys Bouliane. He began playing electric guitar at a young age, and soon took an interest in writing his own punk, ska, and progressive metal music, which he had the experience of playing and recording in bands throughout his high school years. At the age of 16, he discovered jazz and classical music, and as he began taking the study of this music more seriously, he began his DEC in jazz guitar at Vanier College in 2010. During this period at Vanier, he began taking composition lessons at the McGill conservatory with Félix Baril, who first introduced him to contemporary music. His first piece in this genre (Ubiquity, for Pierrot ensemble)went on to win a BMI student composer award in 2012. Since then, he was won many awards and scholarships, including The Robert Jones award for music Composition (2012), the Andrew Svoboda award for music composition (both in 2013 and 2014), two McGill ensemble residencies (2013 and 2014), a Schulich School of Music Scholarship (2014), the Maurice Pollack Foundation Scholarship (2014), and two SOCAN young composer awards (2015 - 1st place in chamber music and 3rd place in electronic music).

 In addition to his activities as a composer, Philippe Macnab-Seguin directs and sings in a barbershop chorus and quartet, and has had the pleasure of arranging popular tunes for a few high-level American quartets since he began this hobby in 2012.