Canadian conductor Geneviève Leclair was appointed
Music Director of Parkway Concert Orchestra in 2013 and
Assistant Professor of conducting in the composition
department of the Berklee College of Music in 2016.
Equally at home in symphony, ballet and opera, she was
Assistant Conductor of the Boston Ballet Orchestra
from 2010 to 2016, where she conducted main stage
productions on a regular basis. In 2016, she returned to
the company as Guest Conductor and made a successful
debut with The National Ballet of Canada.
Ms. Leclair has had the honour of being the recipient of
Award in orchestral conducting and is currently a
finalist for the American Prize in the professional orchestra
and university orchestra conducting divisions.
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, associate principal flutist of Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. 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 playing flute and piccolo in various ensembles, Ms. Leclair has taught her instrument - as well as music theory and ear training - at École de musique Vincent-d’Indy, Académie de musique Pierre-Laporte, and École des jeunes de l’Université de Montréal from 2001 to 2008 and for the Community Programs of the Longy School of Music of Bard College in 2012 and 2013. She is also a published author of musical literature and theory exercise books, Les Devoirs du Prof Rémi (Prof Solfa’s Workbooks), through Les Éditions École de musique Vincent-d’Indy.