Julien Bilodeau (Quebec, 1974) is one of the most prominent composers of his generation. He obtained two master degrees with great distinction from the Montreal Conservatory of Music, he then continued his studies in Paris (IRCAM, CCMIX) and Frankfurt (Ensemble Modern Akademie). In 2006, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded him the Robert Flemming Prize, awarded to the most promising young composer. His works, whose style and aesthetics are very diverse, have been played throughout the world by leading ensembles including Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, I Musici, Orchestra of the Americas of New York, Metropolitan Orchestra and Nouvel Ensemble Moderne.
In 2011, Maestro Kent Nagano commissioned « Un cri élève nos chants »; a work premiered by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra during the opening night of the Maison Symphonique of Montreal. As a grant recipient from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Québec Research Fund, Society and Culture, Julien Bilodeau also responds to the request of several other commissioners for original compositions, arrangements and film music. His first opera, Another brick in the wall, directed by Dominic Champagne and based on the lyrics of Roger Waters The wall , was premiered in March 2017 by Opéra de Montreal.