As associate conductor of the Les Violons du Roy chamber orchestra, Mathieu Lussier has conducted over 100 concerts in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., and has worked with talented artists like Marc-André Hamelin, Alexandre Tharaud, Jeremy Denk, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Philippe Jarrousky, Anthony Marwood, and Karina Gauvin. He specializes in the baroque and classical repertoires and explores lesser-known works of 19th century France. His first CD while at the helm of Les Violons du Roy, released in September 2014, was devoted to Rameau and Gougeon. He followed that up in March 2016 with an entire CD of Vivaldi concertos and released a third CD of Mozart concertos for horn and bassoon in March 2017. In 2014 he received the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestra Conducting from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Mathieu Lussier was the artistic director of the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival from 2008 to 2014, has been invited to conduct Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, and I Musici de Montréal and will also conduct next season for the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville.
Mathieu Lussier is also active as a soloist and for close to 20 years has been tirelessly and passionately introducing audiences to the modern and baroque bassoon all over North America and Europe. He has appeared as a soloist with such ensembles as Les Violons du Roy, Montreal’s Arion Baroque Orchestra, Toronto’s Tafelmusik, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, and Apollo’s Fire of Cleveland. He continues to pursue a career in chamber music with Ensemble Pentaèdre in Montreal and in summer 2014 was appointed assistant professor at Université de Montréal. His many solo recordings cover close to a dozen bassoon concertos including those of Mozart, Vivaldi, Fasch, Graupner, Telemann, and Corrette. He has also recorded a disc of Boismortier’s bassoon sonatas, three of solo bassoon works by François Devienne, and two of wind music by Gossec and Méhul.
Mathieu Lussier is also a composer, with a catalogue of more than 40 works heard regularly in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. In August 2009 the bassoon and strings version of his Bassango received 3rd prize for “Contemporary Classical Song” at the Just Plain Folks Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. Artists such as Nadina Mackie Jackson, Guy Few, Lise Beauchamp, and George Zukerman have commissioned works from him, as have such ensembles as the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, the Oshawa-Durham Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik, and Les Idées Heureuses. His music has been the object of numerous recordings and been broadcast throughout the world. His 2001 wind quintet Dos Tropicos has been performed close to 100 times in Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom. His works are published in the U.S. by TrevCo Music, in Germany by Accolade, in the UK by June Emerson, and in France by Gérard Billaudot.