Composer and Trumpeter
Samuel Véro was born in Paris. He joined the trumpet class of M. Jean-Louis Chatel at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal. Parallel to his classical studies, he forges a solid experience in jazz, Latin music and world beat. He has been awarded the trumpet first prize « with Great Distinction » (1998), a High Specialized Studies Diploma (DESS) in orchestral repertoire from the University of Montreal (1999) and finally an “Artist Diploma at McGill University (2003). He recently graduated from University of Quebec in Montreal with a teaching degree (april 2012).
On the Montreal professional scene, M. Vero freelanced with ensembles such as Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Les Violons du Roy, National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. He also recorded a chamber music CD “The Kiosk ” (2003), led by internationaly renowned trombonist Alain Trudel. M. Véro also composed the music for a Pierre Corneille theater piece “Illusion comique” staged by Anne Millaire at Theatre Denise-Pelletier (November 2011)
Thierry Pilote has been teaching musical composition at Université de Sherbrooke since 2000. He earned a Master’s degree in composition from Université Laval under the supervision of Mr. Eric Morin. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in musical interpretation (percussion) from Université de Sherbrooke, under the supervision of Mr. Mario Boivin.
AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Due to the exceptional quality of his master’s thesis, Thierry holds a place on Université Laval’s graduate student Honor Roll. In 2007, he received a grant from the city of Sherbrooke for the composition of a work in percussion. In 2004, he was awarded the Grant for Artisic Creation for the Estrie region from the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec. He was a Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec scholar in 2003 and 2000 as well as a Conseil des arts du Canada scholar in 1999. In addition, the FCAR awarded him a scholarship for his graduate studies. In 1997, he won the Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Sherbrooke concerto contest (marimba). That same year, he earned first prize (open class) as a marimba soloist at the Festival des harmonies du Québec. In 1994, he was awarded the Ernest Sylvestre academic scholarship, awarded by Université de Sherbrooke’s School of music.
In 2013, Frédéric Demers, virtuoso trumpeter accompanied by the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, created the piece Romance et variations, composed by Thierry Pilote and Samuel Véro in 2013. In 2012, the Orchestre symphonique métropolitain de Montréal created the pieces Thème and À cordes et à cris, composed by Thierry Pilote and Bernard Riche.
In 2008, he worked on the orchestration and musical arrangements for an album by virtuoso trumpeter Frédéric Demers. He also created arrangements for the Classik-Beat show by pianist Michel Fournier and the percussion ensemble Nemesis.
In 2007, Thierry Pilote was invited by Franco Dragone to act as a percussion consultant for a show in Macau, China. That same year, he completed symphony orchestra arrangements for the piece Thème, by Bernard Riche. In 2006, he composed the music for Université de Sherbrooke’s hymn.
In 2005, with the help of his fellow musicians from his percussion ensemble NEMESIS, he recorded his first album. This was the first time a percussion ensemble put out a CD/SACD multichannel 5.1 (surround) hybrid recording. The disc is sold under the Fidelio Audio label and is distributed in more than 10 countries.
Thierry Pilote is currently working on the musical design and composition of a new percussion number, which includes the use of sound effects and special visual effects on the percussion instruments. He is also at work on an orchestral project with drummer Bernard Riche.