It is with great sadness that we recently learned of the death of one of the leading figures in early music in Quebec, also a legendary professor at CAMMAC. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Réjean Poirier.
1950 – 2010
On December 23rd, 2020, Réjean Poirier passed away, leaving behind him an immense void, despite his legendary discretion.
He leaves in mourning the 3 women in his life: Margaret, Pascale (Daniel) and Marion (Thomas) as well as his six grandchildren Miguel, Santa, Olivier, Charlie, Max and Laurent and his brothers and sisters Marcelle, Hélène, Gilles, Estelle, Léo and Jean-Jules.
Mr. Poirier also leaves musicians and music lovers in mourning, both in Quebec and abroad. A figurehead of early music in Montreal, everyone will remember his contribution to the music world. Co-founder of the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal and vice-dean, then dean of the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal, this great man left no one indifferent in his passing. Generous, sensitive and very gentle, everyone will remember his sensitivity and kindness… Not to mention his intelligence and refreshing sense of humour.
Under the circumstances, no ceremony is planned. Those who wish can make a donation to an arts organization of their choice in tribute to Réjean.
READ: L’Université de Montréal en deuil (L’Université de Montréal in mourning)
For more information on Mr. Poirier’s life and work, please consult the website dedicated to him: rejeanpoirier.ca