Martin Carpentier earned his Bachelor’s in Clarinet Performance, magna cum laude, from McGill University, where he studied with Emilio Iacurto. He went on to serve as Principal Clarinet with the Orchestre des jeunes du Québec. After studying under Karl Leister (Principal Clarinet with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) in 1992 and subsequently obtained his Master’s Degree in Performance from the Université de Montréal, under the supervision of André Moisan.

Photo of Martin Carpentier
Credit: Martin Girard/Shoot Studio

A highly sought-after clarinetist, Martin Carpentier is a member of Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM) and of Pentaèdre. He also performs regularly with the Orchestre Métropolitain, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Opéra de Montréal, Les Violons du Roy and I Musici de Montréal, and has recorded CDs with Société des vents de Montréal, Pentaèdre and NEM.

Martin teaches clarinet at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), the Université de Montréal and at Collège Vincent-d’Indy.