Guest Faculty, Brooke Balley Bassoon Days 2019
Born in Montréal, Stéphane Lévesque has held the position of Principal bassoon with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) since 1998. He has also served as Principal bassoon with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Saito Kinen Orchestra in Matsumoto, Japan. He was also a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach and of the Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall.
Assistant Professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Mr Lévesque also teaches at the Orford Arts Centre, where he is the coordinator of the Orford Winds Workshop. Mr Lévesque has given master classes in numerous music institutions throughout the world including the Curtis Institute of Music, the University of Michigan, the New World Symphony, the Glenn Gould School,, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon, the Conservatoire de Lausanne (Switzerland), and the Conservatoriums in Adelaide and Sydney in Australia.
Mr Lévesque has been featured as guest soloist with the OSM on numerous occasions, and he has also performed as soloist with ensembles such as the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the New World Symphony, Les Violons du Roy in Québec City, the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra in Ottawa, the U.S. Army Orchestra, and the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble. He has commissioned works by Canadian composers Ana Sokolovic and Gary Kulesha, and he has given local and world premieres of works by Michael Daugherty, Sofia Gubaidulina, Oliver Knussen, Mathieu Lussier and Arthur Weisberg.
Stéphane Lévesque holds degrees in bassoon and chamber music from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, where he studied with Rodolfo Masella. He also studied with Stephen Maxym and Frank Morelli at the Yale School of Music, where he obtained a Master of Music degree.