Claire Marchand is one of the most sought-after flutists in Québec. Critically acclaimed for her subtle colors, technique and balanced virtuosity, she has appeared as a soloist in numerous concerts, recitals and chamber music ensembles. After ten years of playing piano (since the age of six), Claire Marchand took up the flute at the age of sixteen with Canadian flutist Lawrence Beauregard as teacher.
The following year, she attended the Conservatoire de musique du Québec with Gail Grimstead, where she later obtained degrees in flute and chamber music. Claire Marchand also studied with flutist Patrick Gallois in Paris, as well as with Pierre-Yves Artaud, with whom she first prizes in flute and chamber music. She attended various advanced courses and seminars, including ones at IRCAM in Paris and Mozarteum in Salzburg. She also participated in many master classes with musicians Alain Marion, András Adorján, Ransom Wilson and Aurèle Nicolet. She was awarded a grant from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec to study with Robert Dick in New York City and with Mario Caroli in Strasbourg.
Winner of the Opus Prize for best concert of the year in contemporary music, Claire Marchand is praised for her innovative performances across the country. She gave the Canadian premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino’s L’Opera per flauto, for which she earned the praise of Montreal’s critical fraternity. She made guest appearances as a soloist at the Ars Musica in Belgium, the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez in Mexico, the Lanaudière Festival, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) and the Ottawa Chamberfest in Canada. Furthermore, she has given master classes in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia.
Claire maintains an active schedule as a soloist, chamber musician and professor. She taught at McGill University’s Conservatory of Music Schulich School of Music for 18 years and now actively teaches the flute at her studio in Montreal. She can be heard on the ATMA label, in a recording of 20th century music for solo flute, and on the ANALEKTA label, playing the Mozart concerto for flute and harp with Valérie Milot and Les Violons du Royconducted by Bernard Labadie.
From 2015 to current day, she is the artistic director and interim director at the Canadian Music Center in Québec.