Montreal native Charles-Eric Fontaine is a conductor and oboist with a passion for contemporary music and composer-performer collaboration. His detailed attention to nuance in the score and devotion to collaborating with musicians leads to vivid and intimate performances. He obtained his Master’s degree in conducting at McGill University in 2021 and learned alongside Alain Cazes, Guillaume Bourgogne, Lorraine Vaillancourt, and Sandro Gorli. In March 2022, he conducted Divertimento Ensemble and recorded a CD which was released by Stradivarius. In 2023, he made his conducting debut with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. As music director of Ensemble Éclat, a new ensemble dedicated to contemporary music, the young conductor aspires to showcase the great works of the canon, while supporting the leading composers of the next generations.

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