Guillaume Bourgogne

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor, Orchestral Conducting

Artistic Director & Conductor, McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble

(Sabbatical leave, Fall '20 - Fall '21)

Guillaume Bourgogne
Department: 
Music Performance
Area(s): 
Ensembles & Conducting
Contact Information
Phone: 
514-398-4827
Email address: 
guillaume.bourgogne [at] mcgill.ca
Group: 
Faculty
Salutation: 
Prof.
Degree(s): 

Diplôme de formation supérieure mention très bien en Direction d'orchestre - Conservatoire supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (CNSMDP) (France)

Premier prix en Orchestration mention très bien - CNSMDP

Premier prix en Analyse musicale mention très bien - CNSMDP

Premier prix en Harmonie mention bien - CNSMDP

Unit: 
Orchestral Conducting
Areas of expertise: 

Orchestral Conducting, Twentieth Century Music, Contemporary Music, Orchestral Music, Ensemble Music, Mixed Music, Free Improvisation, Orchestration & Arrangements

Current research: 

Member of ACTOR (Analysis, Creation and Teaching of Orchestration)

https://www.actorproject.org

Biography: 

Guillaume Bourgogne learned to play the saxophone in Lyon, his native city, before entering the Paris Conservatory. There, he won first prizes in musical analysis, harmony and orchestration. He was also first prize winner in orchestra conducting, with Janos Fürst as a teacher. Today, he is the music director of Ensemble Cairn (Paris) with the composer Jérôme Combier, and he is also the artistic director of Ensemble Op.Cit (Lyon). In 2013, he was appointed professor of conducting at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and artistic director of the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble (Montreal). Since 2010, he has been principal conductor of the Camerata Aberta (São Paulo, Brazil). He is regularly invited to lead orchestras including the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lisbon), the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Bordeaux-Aquitaine Orchestra and the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to conducting the nineteenth and twentieth-century symphonic repertoire, he is a frequent guest conductor for contemporary music ensembles such as Ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris), Court-Circuit (Paris), L’Itinéraire (Paris), 2e2m (Paris), Mosaik (Berlin), Ensemble TIMF (South-Korea), Sond'Ar-te Electric Ensemble (Lisbon), Soundstreams (Toronto), Israel Contemporary Players (Tel Aviv), Contrechamps (Geneva) and Linea (Strasbourg). Together with these orchestras and ensembles, he has performed in the foremost festivals: Musica (Strasbourg), Présences (Paris), Manifeste (Paris), Montreal New Music, Tage für neue Musik (Zürich), Märzmusik (Berlin), Radar (Mexico), Campos do Jordão (Brazil), Festival d’art lyrique (Aix-en-Provence), Tongyeong International Music Festival (Korea); Musica Viva (Lisbon), Ars Musica (Belgium), Darmstadt Ferienkurse (Germany), Borealis (Bergen, Norway), Archipel (Geneva), Fondation Royaumont, etc. Guillaume Bourgogne has premiered many pieces by composers such as Jérôme Combier, Tristan Murail, Gérard Pesson, Raphaël Cendo, Chris P. Harman, Luis Naon, Fabien Lévy and Sergio Kafejian. His discography has been rewarded by various prizes: Diapason d’or, Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros, Coup de cœur de l’Académie Charles Cros, prix de la critique Bravo! et Disque d’or. On top of his conducting activities at McGill University, he teaches regularly in institutions such as Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP), Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), Campos do Jordão Festival, etc.

Program: 

D.Mus | Conducting

M.Mus | Conducting

Graduate Certificate | Choral Conducting

B.Mus Minor | Conducting

Courses: 

McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble

Orchestral Conducting Workshop & Tutorial

Rehearsal Techniques

Composer-performer Orchestration Research Ensemble (CORE)

Free Improvisation

Discography: 

Cleopatra's Songs - Agata Zubel | Ensemble Intercontemporain, Kairos Music 2020

Portulan – Tristan Murail | Ensemble Cairn, Kairos Music 2019

Sobreluz (Kaija Saariaho, Alexandre Lunsqui, Rodrigo Lima, Valéria Bonafé) | Camerata Aberta, Label Sesc 2019

Phantom Islands – Oliver Schneller | Camerata Aberta, Telos Music 2019

Blanc mérité – Gérard Pesson | Ensemble Cairn, æon 2017

Pavages pour l’aile d’un papillon | Ensemble Op.Cit & Magic Malik, Onze heures onze (2016)

Camerata Aberta – Water Mirror (Donatoni, Kafejian, Schneller, Ferraz, Azguime, Lima, Victorio) | Camerata Aberta, label SESC (2012)

Furia – Raphaël Cendo | Ensemble Cairn, æon (2012)

Lieu & non-lieux – Thierry Blondeau | Ensemble Cairn, æon (2009)

Vies silencieuses- Jérôme Combier | Ensemble Cairn, æon (2007)

Pays de vent – Jérôme Combier | Ensemble Cairn, Motus (octobre 2005)

Oliver Schneller | Ensemble Cairn, Wergo (février 2011)

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