Étienne Lafrance

Étienne Lafrance, contrebasse. ACD2 2827 Marie Hubert - Fille du Roy

Quebec double bassist Étienne Lafrance is an eclectic, curious and passionate artist. He is equally at home in classical music, improvised music, world music and accompanying singers.

After completing his initial training at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec, he pursued advanced studies at the Institut international François Rabbath in Paris. He teaches every summer at the Domaine Forget Music Academy and with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. He has also given master classes abroad, including in Australia and the United States.

Lafrance was a member of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec for over twenty years, mainly as co-principal double bass. Today, he freelances with a number of renowned ensembles, such as the symphony orchestras of Montréal, Québec, Longueuil, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Orchestre classique de Montréal, I Musici de Montréal, Les Violons du Roy, Ensemble Caprice, Les 9 de Montréal, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, the Sinfonia de Lanaudière and GFN Productions.

As a regular soloist, he performs original works, transcriptions and his own compositions. On the jazz scene, he regularly shares the stage with pianists Marianne Trudel and Yves Léveillé, among others. He also performs in a duo with guitarist Simon Proulx and with world music ensembles such as Oktoecho and Constantinople.

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