Francis Colpron, recorder and traverso (Montreal)

A recipient of several awards and grants from the Canada Council, the Dutch Governement University Association and the Quebec Governement, Francis Colpron studied at the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands where he followed the teachings of such prominent masters as Marion Verbrüggen, Heiko ter Schegget (recorder) and Marten Root (traverso). Already at a very early age, he played within the Ensemble de flûtes à bec de Châteauguay and toured with the group both in Canada and Europe. Later on, he perfected his skills at Laval University in Quebec City.

He has been recognized these past few years as one of the most talented instrumentalists of his generation. His qualities and his capacity to innovate both in the artistic and interpretative spheres have been acclaimed by the public, the critics and the cultural authorities alike. In 1991, he founded his own ensemble, of which he is the artistic director: Les Boréades de Montréal, running a successful series in Montreal, touring in North America and Europe and recording several discs on the ATMA label. In November 2000, the ensemble was awarded the record of the year Opus prize in the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music category for their Telemann: Suite and Concertos.

Besides teaching at the Université de Montréal, he is a regular guest of prestigious summer camps such as Amherst in the United States as well as Cammac and Lanaudière in Quebec. He is also a regular guest of other ensembles such as the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, the National Arts Center Orchestra , Tafelmusik, Opera Atelier, Arcadia, Les Violons du Roy and the Nova Scotia Orchestra.