Gwénaëlle Ratouit is a versatile clarinettist, active as a chamber and orchestral musician in Montreal. Today, her curiosity leads her to perform in a variety of projects combining classical and contemporary music in Europe and Canada.

After several years of musical studies in France, where she honed her skills with soloists from the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, including Richard Rimbert, Gwénaëlle developed her musical personality and refined her playing with Martin Carpentier at the Université de Montréal, where she obtained her master’s degree in performance. She also holds a French teaching diploma and a bachelor’s degree in musicology.

Winner of several prizes and bursaries, she notably won the Premier Prix Julie Sirois organized by le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne on two consecutive occasions, in 2021 and 2022.

Playing from Eb clarinet to bass clarinet, Gwénaëlle is a permanent member of contemporary music ensembles le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and Paramirabo, and is a member of the reed quintet 5ilience. She can be heard playing classical repertoire with the Ad Hoc wind octet and she has taken part in numerous recordings for emerging artists and film music composers in Quebec. She also performs as a substitute with symphony orchestras and wind ensembles in France and Canada.

Highly committed to the transmission of knowledge, she currently teaches clarinet and bass clarinet in secondary schools.