Isabelle Panneton

(b. 27 November 1955, Sherbrooke, Québec).

Canadian composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed throughout the Americas and Europe.

Ms. Panneton studied piano with Irène Ducharme from 1964–73 and studied sciences for three years before she studied counterpoint, fugue and harmony with Magdeleine Martin at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal from 1975–80 and analysis and composition with Gilles Tremblay there from 1980–84. She studied in Europe from 1984–87, on grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the government of Québec. Her primary teacher was Philippe Boesmans in Belgium, but she also attended seminars at IRCAM in Paris in 1986, where she returned in 1994, on a grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

Among her honours is the Prix de musique de chambre from SOCAN (1985, for Surimpression). In addition, her works have twice represented Canada at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers (1984, Voilage; 1999, Volando).

She taught at Concordia University in Montréal from 1987–95 and has been an associate professor of composition and music theory at the Université de Montréal since 1995.


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L'Arche (opera for children, libretto by Anne Hébert), soprano, mezzo-soprano, countertenor, tenor, baritone, 3 actors, piano, 1999–2000 (also version for soprano, mezzo-soprano, countertenor, tenor, baritone, flute, clarinet, bassoon [+ contrabassoon], French horn, trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, 2003–04)


Entrelacs, 1986

Récits, large orchestra, 1987

Trois Fois passera, string orchestra, 1991

Mimésis (overture), flute, oboe, clarinet, orchestra, 1992

Versants, small orchestra (12 players), 1996

Travaux et jeux de gravité, small orchestra (15 players), 1998

Volando (concerto), violin, small orchestra, 1999

Promenade, large orchestra, 2000 (also version for orchestra, 2000)


Quintette de cuivres, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, 1983–84

Voilage, flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, piano, 1983–84

Surimpression, flute, 2 clarinets, tenor tuba, piano, 1984 (version of Traits, Écart, Reparties)

Îlots, tenor tuba, piano, 1985–86

Chants d'Août, flute, piano, 1988

Tierces en rondo, flute, cello, piano, 1990 (also version for violin, cello, piano, 1992)

Les Petites Reprises, marimba, 1992

Trills and Tremolos, flute, cello, piano, 1993

Sur ces décombres et floraisons nouvelles, violin, piano, 1995

Divers printemps, string quartet, 1995–96

Ellipses, 2 violas da gamba, 2002


Cantate de la fin du jour (text by Daniel Guénette), soprano, mixed chorus, small orchestra (oboe, clarinet, French horn, trumpet, trombone, positive organ, 14 strings), 1993


À la légère (text by Daniel Guénette), mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, bassoon, cello, double bass, piano, 1985

Écho (text by Daniel Guénette), tenor, piano, 1988

Sommeils (text by Daniel Guénette), soprano, piano, 1992

L'Âme saule (text by Lucie Normandin), soprano, clarinet, piano, 1994

Soliloque (text by Nathalie Mamias), baritone, cello, 2003


Traits, Écart, Reparties, 1982–84 (also version as Surimpression, flute, 2 clarinets, tenor tuba, piano)