The Pentaèdre wind quintet is pleased to present its 5th edition of the Pentaèdre-Youkali Competition, celebrating the great tradition of musical performance for winds. Launched in 2012, the Competition aims to offer support to wind players—flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn players—and showcase their repertoire. Past winners include bassoonists Antoine St-Onge (Principal Bassoon with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra) and Thomas Roy-Rochelle, flutist Félicia Lévesque, as well as oboist Élise Poulin and flutist Ariane Brisson, who today are both members of Pentaèdre.

This year, the Competition will spotlight French composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), whose extensive body of work is essential material for any wind player. Presented in partnership with the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal and the Youkali Foundation, the Competition will be held on November 10, 2023. Dedicated to young wind players aged 25 and under, the Competition is divided into two categories: Solo, and Chamber Music. Several prizes in the form of bursaries and professional opportunities will be awarded.

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Julien Proulx, President of the Jury

Photo of Julien ProulxJulien Proulx took over as artistic director at Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville in 2014. Since then, his thoughtful programming, and personable approach have revitalized the classical music experience within his community. Admired as an energetic and imaginative conductor, he also draws on deep knowledge of choir music in his frequent performances of symphonic choral repertoire.

During his time as conductor in residence for Montréal’s I Musici chamber ensemble, Julien Proulx worked under Yuli Turkovksy. In addition, Julien Proulx has conducted orchestras all across Canada, including Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain, Les Violons du Roy, Orchestre du Festival international de Lanaudière, and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

A trained singer and cellist, he specialized in conducting and composition while at Université de Montréal and during numerous trips abroad. Julien Proulx lives in Montréal.


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Registrations are now closed.

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