Ensemble Paramirabo

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Ensemble Paramirabo
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GenreContemporary Music
LocationMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Artistic directorJeffrey Stonehouse
Current membresVictor Alibert
Daniel Áñez García
Viviana Gosselin
Geneviève Liboiron
Jeffrey Stonehouse
David Therrien Brongo

Ensemble Paramirabo is a contemporary music ensemble[1] founded in Montreal in 2008[2]. It specializes in the interpretation of 20th and 21st century repertoire, while devoting a large part of its activities to the creation of works by emerging composers.


Named in homage to Quebec composer Claude Vivier and his eponymous piece, Ensemble Paramirabo was founded in 2008 by flautist and current artistic director Jeffrey Stonehouse[3]. With a repertoire of more than 200 works to its credit, including more than 80 premieres and commissions[4], the ensemble has performed on numerous Canadian stages and has been invited to take part in Winnipeg's Cluster New Music Festival (2013)[5], Montreal Contemporary Music Lab (2013)[6] and Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions (2018)[7]. The ensemble has also performed in Belgium, England, Mexico and the United States as part of the LOOP (2019)[8] and Ars Musica (2019), Frontiers Festival (2016)[9], Eduardo Mata Festival (2016)[10] and New York’s Mise-En Festival (2014)[11]. In 2019, The ensemble is the winner of the OPUS Prize 22nd edition – Premiere of the Year for its collaboration with composer Gabriel Dharmoo[12]. The following year, the ensemble won the OPUS Prize 23rd edition – Performer of the Year[13], in addition to seeing its third album Alone & Unalone (James O'Callaghan) nominated for a Juno Award in the category Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble[14]. Ensemble Paramirabo's commitment to the next generation of new music composers leads it to frequently present creations by emerging composers, many of whom have been awarded composition prizes[15]. Since its beginnings in 2008, the ensemble has notably participated in the creation of works by : Serge Garant category of the 2011 SOCAN Foundation Awards[citation needed]), Scott Rubin (2nd prize : OSSIA New Music 2013-2014 Composition Prize), Julien Robert (1st prize : 2014 Sond’Ar-te electric ensemble competition and 3rd prize : Serge Garant category of the 2014 SOCAN Foundation Awards), Gabriel Dharmoo (winner of an 2019 OPUS 2019 Award)[12] and James O'Callaghan (nominated for a Juno Award in 2020)[14].


  • 2012 – Autoportrait (independant)
  • 2015 – Raging Against the Machine (Redshift Records)[16]
  • 2019 – Alone & Unalone (Ravello Records)[17]


Current members

  • Victor Alibert (clarinets)
  • Daniel Áñez García (piano)
  • Viviana Gosselin (cello)
  • Geneviève Liboiron (violin)
  • Jeffrey Stonehouse (flutes, artistic director)
  • David Therrien Brongo (percussions)

Past members

  • François Gagné (clarinets)
  • Gabrielle Gingras (piano)
  • Aysel Taghi-Zada (violin)


  1. "An Engaging End to Ensemble Paramirabo's First Season". bachtrack.com (in français). Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  2. "Ensemble Paramirabo". Le Vivier (in français). 2020-06-30. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  3. "Site officiel de l'Ensemble Paramirabo > L'ensemble".
  4. "Site officiel de l'Ensemble Paramirabo > Répertoire".
  5. Music, Manitoba. "Cluster New Music + Integrated Arts Festival". Manitoba Music. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  6. "Past Editions". LMCML. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  7. "WRCMS". WRCMS. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  8. "Festival LOOP 11 > Ensemble Paramirabo – Conservatoire royal de Liège".
  9. "Programme du Frontiers Festival 2016".
  10. "Programme du Eduardo Mata Festival 2016".
  11. "Mise-En Music Festival 2014: Ensemble Paramirabo".
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Caroline Rodgers, " NOUVELLE – Prix Opus: découvrez les lauréats d'un gala enlevant ", Ludwig Van Montréal, 4 février 2019".
  13. "Christophe Huss, " Logique respectée aux prix Opus ", Le Devoir, 20 janvier 2020".
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Raphaële Frigon, " Un album audacieux de l'ensemble Paramirabo en nomination pour un prix Juno ", ICI Radio-Canada, 5 février 2020".
  15. "CQM > Membres > Répertoire".
  16. "Musicians join forces and start Raging Against the Machine". The Georgia Straight. 2015-04-29. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  17. Beaucage, Réjean. "Ensemble Paramirabo / James O'Callaghan: Alone & Unalone". Voir.ca (in français). Retrieved 2020-08-31.

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