Normand Forget

Born in a family where music was always present, Normand Forget played music as a hobby until he finally decided, at 20, to study music at cégep Lionel-Groulx (Ste-Thérèse, QC). Marc Laberge will be his first mentor, followed by Théodore Baskin, at McGill University (Montreal). He then got a scholarship to study at Oberlin College, USA, where he worked under the wise direction of James Caldwell – and won the Artistry in Oboe Performance prize, awarded by his peers.

A founding and still active member of Pentaèdre and Artistic and General director of Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), he had the opportunity to perform internationally in most important concert halls. As a committed musician, invested by a duty to perform, he writes chamber versions of famous works, vested in this commitment. Among others and Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Gustav Mahler and Winterreise by Franz Schubert, which was awarded the 2008 Opus Prize for best romantic CD of the year, and gathered elogious reviews internationally. His musical career led him to play with all Québec major orchestras.

With a passion for education, he is teaching at Rimouski Conservatory.