(b. 1947, Montréal, Québec).
Canadian composer of orchestral, chamber, choral, and vocal works that have been performed in Europe and North America; he is also active as a conductor.
Mr. Boudreau initially studied piano and saxophone, but later studied analysis with Bruce Mather at McGill University in Montréal, analysis and composition with Gilles Tremblay at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal and analysis and composition with Serge Garant at the Université de Montréal from 1969–73.
Among his honours as a composer are First Prize in the competition for young composers of the CBC (1974), the Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music from the Canada Council for the Arts (1982), the Grand Prix Paul Gilson from CRPLF in Paris (1991), four Prix Opus from the Conseil québécois de la musique in Montréal (Compositeur de l'année, 1999; Événement musical de l'année, 2001, for La Symphonie du millénaire [shared with 19 composers]; Directeur artistique de l'année and Événement musical de l'année, both 2004, both shared with Denys Bouliane, both for the biannual festival Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques), and the Molson Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts (2003). Among his honours as a conductor are the Grand Prix from the Conseil des Arts de la Communauté Urbaine de Montréal (1991) and the Meilleur Album de l'Année in the category Musique Contemporaine from the Conseil québécois de la musique (1997). He was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Québec (2013). His music has been performed in Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Poland, and the USA.
As a conductor, his specialty is contemporary music. He became leader of his own jazz quartet in 1965. He co-founded with the poet Raôul Duguay the interdisciplinary ensemble Infonie in 1968, serving as its conductor until it disbanded in 1973. He has served as artistic director of the ensemble and organisation Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) in Montréal since 1988.
He is also active in other positions. He served a term as composer-in-residence to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from 1990–93 and served as co-director with Denys Bouliane of the annual festival for contemporary music Musiques-au-présent of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec from 1998–2000. He has served as co-artistic coordinator with Denys Bouliane of the biannual festival Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques since 2003.
In addition to the works listed below, he has composed more than fifteen scores for dance and films.
COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS
Ubiquital II, small orchestra (23 players), 1972
Ubiquital III, small orchestra (15 players), 1972
Morceaux, string orchestra, 1976
Incantations Va (Le Cercle gnostique IXd), 12 strings, 1985–86
Berliner Momente I, 1988
Tradiderunt me in manus impiorum I, 1989
Tradiderunt me in manus impiorum II, large orchestra, 1991
Berliner Momente II, 1991
Berliner Momente III, large orchestra, 1992–93
Le Matin des magiciens (Incantations VII [Le Cercle gnostique IXh]), gamelan, 1995–96
Berliner Momente IV, large orchestra, 1996–97
La Vie d'un héros, violin, string orchestra, 1998–99
Ubiquital I, 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 4 saxophones, 4 French horns, 4 violins, 4 cellos, prepared clavinet, percussion, 1971
Variations I, piccolo (+ tenor saxophone), flute (+ alto saxophone), soprano saxophone, trombone, electric guitar, amplified double bass, piano (+ celesta), 3 percussion, 1973–75
Les Sept Jours, 8 percussion, 1977
L'Odyssée du soleil (Le Cercle gnostique III), 2 French horns, piccolo trumpet, 3 trumpets, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, 1978
Incantations I (Le Cercle gnostique IV), 4 saxophones, 1979
Amon-Râ (Le Cercle gnostique V), 5 Ondes Martenot, 1979
Demain les étoiles (Le Cercle gnostique VI), 12 saxophones, 1980
Contact-Itinéraires (Le Cercle gnostique VII), flute (+ piccolo), oboe (+ English horn), clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1981
La Toc (Le Cercle gnostique VIIa), 12 percussion, 1981
Carrousel-Constellations (Le Cercle gnostique VIII), flute (+ piccolo), cello, 2 pianos (both + celesta), percussion, 1982
Voyage au centre du soleil (Le Cercle gnostique IX), 4 trumpets (1st, 2nd + piccolo trumpet), 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, percussion, 1983
Cocktail Music (Musiques entre 5 et 7), alto saxophone (+ percussion), percussion, 1983
Coffre IIIa (Incantations IV [Le Cercle gnostique I]), flute/clarinet, cello, piano, 1978–84, revised 1993
Incantations III (Le Cercle gnostique IXa), 2 piccolos (both + flute), 2 flutes (both + alto flute), 2 oboes (2nd + English horn), 2 clarinets (2nd + bass clarinet), bassoon, contrabassoon, 1983–84
Lent(e) ré concentr(e)ré à la Boudrini, bagpipes, ensemble (oboe [+ English horn], bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, 2 percussion), 1984 (section of La Folia, a collaboration with numerous composers; may be performed separately)
Chaleurs, 4 saxophones, fixed media, 1985
Incantations V (Le Cercle gnostique IXc), flute (+ piccolo, bass flute), clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, 1985
Hommage à Ste.-Cécile, 4 French horns, 4 trumpets, 2 trombones, 2 tubas, 4 percussion, 1987
Versus, flute (+ piccolo), oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 2 French horns, trumpet, trombone, piano, 3 percussion, 1987
Wallongements, flute (+ piccolo), oboe, bass clarinet, alto saxophone (+ soprano saxophone), tuba, 2 synthesizers, 1988
Encore ces questions sans réponse..., 2 piccolos, oboe, E-flat clarinet, clarinet, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, 4 percussion, 1991
Contact II, French horn, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 1992
Neuf Zéniths I (Incantations VI [Le Cercle gnostique IXf]), flute (+ piccolo, bass flute), oboe (+ English horn), clarinet, French horn, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, 1992
Encan-Tension, trumpet, 2 trombones, percussion, 1993
Neuf Zéniths II (Incantations VIa [Le Cercle gnostique IXg]), flute (+ piccolo, bass flute), oboe (+ English horn), clarinet, French horn, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2 percussion, 1994–95
Le Diable dans le beffroi, flute (+ piccolo), oboe (+ English horn), clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1997–98
Le Grand Méridien, string quartet, 2001–02
Pain-Beurre, 5 mixed voices, piano, synthesizer, percussion, fixed media, feedback, 1969
Coffre II (Le Cercle gnostique II), 12 basses, large orchestra, 1975
Golgot(h)a, voice, mixed chorus, 2 French horns, 2 trumpets, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, organ, 5 percussion, sampler, 1990
La Symphonie du millénaire, choruses, organ, carillon, 15 church bells (2000 bell ringers), 2 fire trucks, large orchestra (333 players), fixed media, 1999–2000 (collaboration with 19 composers)
Golgot(h)a (Le Voyage), mezzo-soprano, mixed chorus, orchestra, 1999–2002
Ysengouronnie, speaker, 2 flutes, clarinet, soprano saxophone, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, percussion, fixed media, 1970–71
Variations II, Dans les champs il y a des bibittes, soprano, orchestra, 1973–74, revised 1983
Coffre I, soprano, flute/soprano saxophone, oboe (+ English horn)/alto saxophone, French horn/tenor saxophone, trombone/baritone saxophone, 2 percussion, 1975
Coffre III (Le Cercle gnostique I), soprano, flute (+ piccolo, alto flute, bass flute), guitar, 1976–77
Les Planètes (Le Cercle gnostique IXe), 1984–98