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André J. Roy

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Contact Information
514-398-4535 ext. 4542
Email address: 
andre [dot] j [dot] roy [at] mcgill [dot] ca

General and Artistic Director of MISQA, Prof. André J. Roy teaches viola, chamber music and orchestral studies at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University where he also served as Chair of the Department of Performance.  He is the author of “String Quartet Technique”, a book on intonation and coordination exercises for string quartet training.

Following studies at the Conservatory of Music of Québec with Jean Angers, he pursued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with Michael Tree and Karen Tuttle.  His chamber music teachers and mentors include Félix Galimir, Michael Tree, Mischa Schneider, Alexander Schneider, Joseph Gingold, Janos Scholtz and Isodore Cohen.

Upon graduation from the Curtis Institute, he was named "Associate Solo Viola" of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and soon after "1st Assistant Solo Viola" of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Three times recipient of the Canada Council of the Arts, he has played recital tours in Canada, the United States and Europe.

A devoted and sought after viola teacher, his students have won positions in orchestras around the world, many of which are title chairs positions. As a chamber music pedagogue, Prof. Roy has trained and mentored many young string quartets that have been laureates of several international competitions.

Prof. Roy regularly gives classes at many other institutions including the Colburn School of Music, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the University of Toronto and the University of Stuttgart and at several festivals and programs including the International Viola Congress, Aldeburgh Music Festival, London’s Chamber Studio, the Domaine Forget, CasalMaggiore International Festival, Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute, Toronto Summer Music Academy, Morningside Music Bridge and at the Orford Arts Center.

Dedicated to the advancement of music, Prof. Roy adjudicates many competitions and serves on the board of directors of many cultural institutions.