http://richarddesilets.com

Richard Désilets is a composer that creates universal and accessible new music.  Its music reflects the experiences and observations perceived by the musician in his life and the existence of others.  It is a journey through contemplative and experimental music.  It is a search for inner peace in a world created to achieve spiritual realizations.


Open to the world, Richard's compositions contain sonorities played from multi-ethnic instruments remote as those found in ancient Greece, Africa or Asia. Its works involves sounds of electronic instruments and instrumental orchestral sounds sampled.  Eclectic, one recognizes in his compositions the influences of worldbeat, jazz, opera, pop, electronic and contemporary music.  Inspired by the culture of each time and style, it creates some original and surprising music easy to appreciate.


Composer Richard Désilets received bachelor of music (1984) and master of music (1986) degrees in composition at the University of Montreal, studying with Serge Garant and Marcelle Deschênes. He as won many prestigious awards, including two SOCAN prizes (1986 and 1987), fisrt prize at the Brock University Competition (1986) and second prize at the CBC National Competition for Young Composer(1986). From 1985 to 1990, he received several grants from  the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Quebec, and The Canada Council for the Arts, which led to the composition of an additional 10 works. Mr. Désilets was composer in residence at the Banff Centre of the Arts in 1987, and at the Canadian Opera Company in 1987/88. During his tern with the COC, he composed the opera Zoé, a lyric fable based on a text by Kin Élaine Gosselin, which was premiered in 1988.

Mr. Désilets output consist of more than 60 works to date, ranging from chamber music and works for large orchestra to opera and electronic music. Since 2009, he began recording his repertoire on disc. From that project, it created his seventeenth album (Zoe) released in January 2013 and now available online.

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