Canadian conductor Geneviève Leclair was appointed Music Director of Parkway Concert Orchestra in 2013 and Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music in 2016. She is also a Guest Conductor with The National Ballet of Canada and Boston Ballet, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Conductors Guild. 2018-19 season highlights will include her UK debut with Northern Ballet.
Equally at home in symphony, ballet and opera, she was Assistant Conductor of the Boston Ballet Orchestra from
2010 to 2016.
Ms. Leclair was awarded the 2017 American Prize in orchestral conducting, college/university division and took 2nd place in the professional orchestra division. In 2010, she was honored to receive the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Award in orchestral conducting.
In recent years, she has had the opportunity to guest conduct various orchestras, both in Canada and the United States, including Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, McGill Chamber Orchestra, Lexington Symphony, Symphony New Hampshire, Longwood Symphony, National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra and New England Conservatory Chamber and Youth Philharmonic Orchestras. Her performances have been hailed as « impeccable » (Boston Phoenix), « ravishing » and of « exemplary pacing and reading » (Hugh Fraser) while her conducting style has been praised for its « verve and precision », « confident dynamics and tempos, crisp rhythms, and crystalline phrasing creat[ing] powerful forward momentum » (Carla DeFord).
Over the years, Ms. Leclair has collaborated with soloists of international stature among whom Stéphane Tétreault, Jan Lisiecki, Giampiero Sobrino, John Fanning and John MacMaster; artists such as Veronica Tennant and Arleen Thibault and a number of well-known choreographers including Alexander Ekman, Wayne McGregor and John Neumeier. Active on the new music scene, she has premiered pieces by many contemporary composers including Alan Belkin, Éric Champagne, Brian Harman and Maxime Goulet.
Ms. Leclair holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting from Boston University under the tutelage of Maestro David Hoose. She had previously obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in flute performance at Université de Montréal, the latter under the supervision of Mr. Denis Bluteau, former associate principal flutist of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. She also studied choral conducting with Dr. Ann Howard Jones and perfected her art through public and private master classes led by Boris Brott, Kenneth Kiesler, Carl Topilow, Susan Hoeppner, Camille Churchfield, André Papillon, Lise Daoust and Jeanne Baxtresser. In November 2010, she was invited by the National Arts Center Orchestra (Ottawa) to attend the first edition of their Canadian Conductors Workshop.
In addition to her career as a performer and teacher, Ms. Leclair is also a published author of music literature and theory exercise books, Les Devoirs du Prof. Rémi / Prof. Solfa’s Workbooks through Les Éditions École de musique Vincent-d’Indy.