BIOGRAPHY

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Named "a promising young conductor," Christophe Huss (Le Devoir), and one of CBC’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30,” Francis Choinière is a versatile musician active as a conductor, concert producer, pianist, and composer. Winner of the Hnatyshyn Foundation’s prestigious Christa and Franz-Paul Decker Conducting Fellowship, Choinière has collaborated with some of the world’s top international artists, including engagements as chorus master and collaborative conductor for concerts with Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman, Ramin Djawadi, Hans Zimmer, and Jonsi & Alex Somers.

Choinière is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the OPCM (Orchestre Philharmonique et Choeur des Mélomanes), successfully programming large choral and symphonic masterworks for the organization. Choinière is also the Principal Conductor and Co-Artistic Director of l'Orchestre FILMharmonique and Ensemble Classico Moderne. In 2022, Choinière led the FILMharmonique through Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, and Holst’s The Planets Suite, paired with epic themes from cinematic classics including Star Wars.

During the 2020-2021 season, Choinière served as assistant and cover conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra under Alexander Shelley. Similarly, from 2018 to 2020, he worked with the Choeur Fernand Lindsay for the Festival de Lanaudière as chorus master and conductor, collaborating with conductors Stephan Layton (Trinity College) and Corrado Rovaris (Philadelphia Opera).

 

Choinière is highly engaged in the Canadian music scene. As co-founder and president of GFN Productions, he is passionate about expanding and developing classical music audiences through the presentation of new symphonic programs with film including Fantasia, Star Wars, Titanic, and The Lord of the Rings. Choinière completed his Master’s Degree in Conducting at McGill University, studying with Alexis Hauser, and has received many scholarships and prizes during his studies. Choinière has refined his conducting in masterclasses with renowned conductors including Francois Xavier Roth, Yoav Talmi, and Colin Metters.

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