Acclaimed in Canada and internationally, Pierre Simard is a prominent conductor, composer and arranger. Artistic and Music Director with the Vancouver Island Symphony (BC) and formerly Associate and Resident Conductor with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (AB) and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (BC), Pierre Simard’s artistry is versatile, compelling and nuanced, performing every masterwork with remarkable musicianship.
A guest conductor with major symphonies and ensembles in North America and Europe, Pierre Simard is namely invited with the Milwaukee Symphony (MI), the Tucson Symphony (AZ), for the Hot Springs Music Festival (AR), orchestras in Toronto, Ottawa (National Arts Centre Orchestra), Edmonton, Victoria, Trois-Rivières, Hamilton, Kingston, etc.
As composer and arranger, his works are performed in concert by the Tasmanian Symphony, orchestras in Calgary, Toronto and Nanaimo, as well as by Ensemble Pentaèdre and Ensemble Alizé. His compositions include orchestral works, chamber music, vocal cycles, and electronic pieces destined for cinema and video games.
Amongst many distinctions, Pierre Simard was granted awards from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Quebec Council of Music, and many prizes recognizing his outstanding artistic contribution. Pierre Simard holds a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Institute in Baltimore (MD) and five prizes from Montréal’s Conservatory of Music.
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