Christmas Trumpets (2015)

Creation for soloist with 6 trumpets and orchestra

Daniel Constantineau


A true one-man band, Daniel Constantineau has been composing since the age of sixteen. His first musical works were created at the Camp musical de Lanaudière and opened the door to the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, which he attended from 1975 to 1985. There he studied theory, composition and orchestra conducting, as well as the clarinet and piano, singing and electro-acoustic composition.

From 1985 to 1987, Daniel Constantineau improves himself in orchestral conducting with Charles Dutoit and Serge Garant, becoming the only Quebecers to be formed simultaneously by these two masters. Fellow of the Department of Cultural Affairs of Quebec, he participates, during the same period, in internships at Tanglewood, Domaine Forget and Artsperience Conducting Symposium.

During his studies in orchestral conducting, he starts the composition of incidental music — television, radio, theater, movie — from which emerges, for over 20 years, a catalog of works that stand out for their diversity and their originality.

In September 1996, he founds the Orchestre philharmonique du Grand Montréal, an amateur ensemble of high caliber which obtained an immediate success until its dissolution, in June 2001. He then took the reins of Music of Arts and Letters Program, at College of Valleyfield where, from 2000 to 2013, he teached history, theory, analysis, choral singing and music-assisted computer.

In 2003, hearing a Beethoven symphony by the Orchestre révolutionnaire et romantique of John Eliott Gardiner encouraged him to join the Tafelmusik of Toronto to receive, in 2004 and 2006, the expert advice of Jeanne Lamon, Ivars Taurins and Bruno Weil in Baroque and Classical orchestras and choirs conducting. He hones this training by attending in the summer of 2011, rehearsals and concerts of the Orchestre des Jeunes Atlantique, a group specializing in the interpretation of classical and romantic symphonic repertoire on period instruments. He then meets Philippe Herreweghe and Lonquich Alexander, renowned musicians in this area.

These experiences prompted him to set up the Orchestre symphonique de la Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent, an ensemble which plays Classical and Romantic repertoire on period instruments and and whose start-up year, in 2010-2011, was crowned success.

Alongside his activities as a musician, Daniel Constantineau completed, in 2008, a certicate in journalism at the University of Montreal, following which he acted as a supernumerary editor journalist with Le Devoir, as well as classical music columnist at the 4 @ 6, CIBL Radio-Montreal, from 2007 to 2009.

The sting of studies and the need to take good care of his many business prompted him to enroll at Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Montreal, where he was awarded a Graduate Diploma in cultural organizations, in December 2012 and a Masters in Management of cultural enterprises, in September 2014.