A versatile musician with a commanding grasp of early repertoire, Mathieu Lussier is increasingly in demand as a guest conductor in Canada and abroad. Appointed by les Violons du Roy as Conductor-in-residence in 2012, and Associate Conductor in 2014, Lussier has led the orchestra in numerous programs both in Quebec, and on tour in greater Canada, the United States and Mexico, collaborating with artists such as Marc-André Hamelin, Alexandre Tharaud, Jeremy Denk, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Anthony Marwood and Karina Gauvin. Previous appointments include Artistic Director of the Lamèque international baroque music Festival, where he served from 2008 to 2014. in 2014, Lussier was awarded Canada Art Council’s prestigious Jean-Marie-Beaudet conducting prize.
Recent engagements include the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Festival international de Lanaudière, Orchestre de la mission saint-Charles, Arion baroque orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal and Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, where he conducted acclaimed productions of Handel’s Acis and Galatea and Grétry’s Zémire et Azor with les Violons du Roy. In 2015, Mathieu Lussier also made his conducting debuts with Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra, Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra and Montréal Symphony Orchestra (OSM). Season 2016-2017 will see his debuts with Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax.
As a soloist, Mathieu Lussier has energetically and passionately promoted the modern and baroque bassoon as solo instruments for nearly two decades throughout North America and Europe. He has been associated with such ensembles as Arion Baroque Orchestra (Montreal), les Violons du Roy (Quebec City), Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Toronto), the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, and Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland). He also devotes considerable time to chamber music as a member of ensemble Pentaèdre de Montréal. Since the summer of 2014, he has been Assistant professor at Université de Montréal. His numerous solo recordings include over a dozen bassoon concertos (Vivaldi, Fasch, Graupner, Telemann, and Corrette), a CD of bassoon sonatas by Boismortier, three CDs of music for solo bassoon by François Devienne, and two CDs of wind music by Gossec and Méhul.