The Académie teachers :
Denis Poliquin, Francis Leclerc, Michael Rickert, Martin Leclerc, Samuel Laroche-Pagé, Marc Bélanger, Neil Turpin, Edith Allaire, Samuel Boulianne and Geneviève Racette.
All of our teachers are qualified from distinguished institutions and are performing on a professional level.
Denis Poliquin (founder and co-owner): guitar
- Founder and principal of the Académie since 1986. Owner of a M. A. in classical guitar with First prize from the Québec City Conservatory. He is also the coordinator for Guitar sessions at the Académie de musique et de danse of the Domaine Forget and the Vice-President of the Société de guitare de Montréal.
- Guitarist, composer, and arranger. He backs-up Ms Kim Yaroshevskaya (aka Fanfreluche) in her show »Il était une fois ». Recipient of many prizes for his pieces Hommage à Keith Jarrett and Passe-Temps. Holder of Grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, he continues his craft as arranger and composer (last piece: ‘Time Go’ for three guitars (D’OZ)).
- Called upon as conductor for guitar ensembles at many festivals (Alla Grande, Domaine Forget) and at the Académie regularly.
Francis Leclerc (co-owner): guitar
- Diploma owner from the Conservatoire de Québec in classical guitar and in ethnomusicology at the Université de Montréal, he has taught here at the Académie from 2006 to 2011 and again since the fall of 2013.
- Flamenco guitarist, he explores likewise the ‘fingerstyle’ guitar repertory: classical, Brazilian, Celtic, blues, jazz, country and bluegrass on top of his own arrangements and compositions.
- As an ethnomusicologist, Francis likes to link his research to his teaching and artistic projects.
Michael Rickert: guitar, ukulele
- Michael has done his music studies at Cégep St-Laurent, Malaspina University College in Nanaimo, B.C., and he has a B.A. from UBC Vancouver in classical guitar. He has been at the Académie since 2006.
- He also has studied a lot of jazz and popular styles to specialize in Brazilian music, both in singing and guitar.
- Michael often adds theory, historical notions, anecdotes to make his lessons amusing and instructive. He is perfectly bilingual (almost trilingual!).
Martin Leclerc: guitar
- After completing his classical guitar studies at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec, Martin Leclerc got in 2004 his M.A. in Electroacoustic composition at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.
- He was awarded six times the Hugh-Le Caine prize at the SOCAN Concours de jeunes compositeurs. Still active as a guitarist, he is a teacher at the Académie since 2008.
Samuel Laroche-Pagé: guitar
- Samuel started his studies at Cégep Marie-Victorin and on to the Faculté de musique de l’Université de Montréal with Mr. Peter McCutcheon. He then improved with Mr. Jean Vallières at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and with the great masters of the guitar at Domaine Forget. He has been teaching at the Académie since 2012 and at the École des jeunes of the Universtié de Montréal music faculty, and at Bishop’s Tutti musical camp.
- -Furthermore he widens his horizons by learning various instruments linked to the guitar such as the vihuela and the luth, on top of years of experience in the jazz and blues-rock fields.
Marc Bélanger: guitar
- Marc Bélanger studied at the Conservatoire de Québec, Laval University, and at UQAM. He has a music teaching B.A.. He also studied jazz at Ithaca College, NY.
- Marc has been teaching at the Académie for twenty years. He also teaches guitar at Marguerite-De Lajemmerais high school. Moreover he has taught guitar at Université Laval for fifteen years plus Songwriting at UQAM, Cégep de Drummondville, Cégep Lionel-Groulx, and École Prochant.
- For more than a year, Radio-Canada gave him the mandate for the musical formation of directors and assistants to variety programs. Marc has also published many composition songbooks at Productions d’OZ. He is a professional back-up guitarist and is regularly heard on the Montreal stages.
Neil Turpin : guitar
- Studied at Cégep Vanier and Concordia University, focusing on harmony, arranging, and improvisation.
- Played bass or guitar in pop, rock and blues; and guitar in jazz and latin settings.
- Teaches at the Académie since 1999.
Edith Allaire : piano
Samuel Boulianne : piano and singing
Geneviève Racette : singing
- Already known by many as a member of the group Les Gourmandes (finalist at the Festival international de la chanson de Granby in 2012) this young Montréal singer-songwriter is also working on a promising solo career.
- Qualified from L’École nationale de la chanson and a finalist at the Étoile montante Ford contest, she is now ready to fly solo with her first recording. She offers vivid and sincere stories in a soft folk-pop style supported by arrangements that never interfere with the acoustic base of her catchy songs.
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