Patrick Saint-Denis

(b. 28 June 1975, Québec, Québec).

Canadian composer of mostly chamber works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and North America.

Mr. Saint-Denis studied violin from 1979–91, electric guitar from 1990–93, voice with Linda Dumont and oboe with Philippe Magnan at CÉGEP de Sainte-Foy from 1993–95, and voice with Michel Ducharme at the Université Laval in Québec, Québec in 1995. Je studied composition with Armando Santiago at the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec from 1996–2000 and studied with Serge Provost at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal in 2002, where he graduated with the Prix avec grande distinction (maîtrise).

Among his honours are Premier Prix in the Concours pour Jeunes Compositeurs of the Espace Musique Concert Society (1998, for Tox), two prizes in the competition for young composers of SOCAN (First Godfrey Ridout Prize, 2001, for Ex motus; First Sir Ernest MacMillan Prize, 2002, for Le Discours aux animaux) and the Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music from the Canada Council for the Arts (2004).

He is also active in other positions. He co-founded the ensemble Erreur de type 27 in 1997 and served as its artistic director from 1997–2000.





Le Discours aux animaux, 2002


Tox, clarinet, 1999

Paradise Now, flute, clarinet, 2 saxophones, 2 French horns, trumpet, trombone, electric guitar, bass guitar, piano, percussion, 2000

Le Bavard qui parlait sans avoir été questionné, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, bassoon, 2001

Les Dits de Victoire, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 2002

Mouve, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, double bass, 2002


Ex motus, soprano, flute, clarinet, bassoon, trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, percussion, 2000

Un Moment s'il-vous-plaît, soprano, small orchestra (15 players), 2001

Berceuse pour enfants perdus, female voice, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, 2002