Louis Lavigueur, C.Q., Artistic director
Louis Lavigueur began his career as a flutist, chorister, then choral and orchestral conductor. After completing a Master’s degree in performance at Laval and McGill Universities, he pursued his studies in conducting with Franz-Paul Decker in Montréal, Pierre Dervaux in France, Sir Edward Downes in the Netherlands and Helmut Rilling in the United States.
Prize winner at the Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors, Louis Lavigueur returned to Canada to conduct the Orchestre des jeunes du Québe, the Youth orchestras of Kitchener-Waterloo and Shawinigan, and the Orchestre de chambre de Hull. He is artistic director and conductor of the Montreal Youth Symphony Orchestra since 1986 , founder-director of l’Ensemble Sinfonia de Montréal (2001). He also served as conductor in residence for the McGill University Orchestra.
One of a few conductors to be equally at ease with both choirs and orchestras, he led Les Rhapsodes de Québec, the Montreal Elgar Choir, the Ensemble-vocal Louis-Lavigueur, the Université de Montréal Chorus, the Ensemble-vocal Florilège of Pierrefonds, while acting as a choral specialist for Canada Council and international instructor for l’Alliance des Chorales du Québec/A Cœur Joie and guest chorus master, for many years at the Festival de Loches (France). In 2001, he was appointed artistic director of the Ensemble vocal Polymnie of Longueuil and of the Choeur Polyphonique de Montréal in September 2003.
A respected and distinguished educator, Louis Lavigueur has taught at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal as conductor of the Symphony and String Orchestras and the Choir and at Laval, McGill, and de Montréal Universities. As a guest conductor, he has performed with several orchestras in Canada, France, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Rumania. He has frequently recorded for CBC Radio and Television and has made several recordings with the Orchestre Métropolitain and MYSO with which he has toured France, Greece, Germany, China and the United States.
Louis Lavigueur’s impressive career as musician, conductor and teacher earned him the
title of “Personnalité de la semaine” in La Presse/Radio-canada on March 7th, 2011. Maestro Lavigueur was named Chevalier of the National Order of Québec, the highest honour awarded annually to outstanding men and women who, in their respective fields, have made major contributions to Québec society. In the Spring of 2016, he was awarded the “Gloire de l’Escolle” medal as a Laval University “Grand Diplômé”.