Walter Boudreau

(1947 - )

Walter Boudreau is a much sought after conductor for many Canadian and international ensembles and orchestras. A prolific composer, Walter Boudreau has to date composed more than fifty works, many of which have garnered national and international awards such as: First Prize in the first CBC National Competition for Young Composers (1974), the Jules Léger Prize for new chamber music (1982) and the Grand Prix Paul Gilson of the Communauté des radios publiques de langue française (CRPLF), Paris (1991). For his work as Artistic Director of the Société de musique contemporaine de Québec (SMCQ) (a position held since 1988) Walter Boudreau has received the prestigious Grand Prix 1991 of the Conseil des Arts de la Communauté Urbaine de Montréal (CACUM).

In 1998, Walter Boudreau was awarded the Prix Opus for Compositeur de l’année (Composer of the Year) by the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM). Boudreau’s more recent awards include the Molson Prize (June 2003) given by Canada Council for the Arts. From 1990 to 1993, Walter Boudreau was the composer in residence for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and from 1998 to 2000 he served as an artistic co-director (with Denis Bouliane) of the Musiques au présent festival of the Orchestra Symphonique de Québec. In another joint venture with Denis Bouliane, Walter Boudreau served as an artistic director of the Symphonie du millénaire (Millenium Symphony), a collective creation of 19 Montreal composers which united 333 musicians for its premier on 3 June, 2000. The immense success of this latter venture garnered Boudreau a Prix Opus for the Évenement musical de l’année.