An accomplished musician, Canadian conductor and pianist Michel Brousseau is currently the Artistic Director of the New World Philharmonic Society which includes the Orchestra and the New World Philharmonic Choir, the Ottawa Classical Choir, Les Chanteurs de Sainte-Thérèse Choir, the Choeur Tremblant. He is also the artistic director of the International Choir which was created in 2008.
Michel Brousseau was introduced to music very early in life. His passion and talent were quickly noticed and he started intensive piano studies at the age of nine. He rapidly developed a special interest in symphonic music and, at the age of fourteen, already knew that he would become a conductor. He studied conducting under maestro Raffi Armenian, completing his studies at the Montreal Conservatory of Music, where he was unanimously awarded the First Prize in piano. He also studied conducting with Otto Werner-Müller, Milen Nachev, Valery Vachev and Aldo Faldi, among others. In 2005, he was a finalist in the “Luigi Mancinelli” International Opera Conducting Competition in Italy. He has conducted in Italy, France, the Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, the United States and Canada.
In September 2010, Michel Brousseau participated in a benefit concert co-hosted by the Conference of Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) and the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) at the Lincoln Center Plaza to help address the needs of maternal and child health worldwide.
In May 2011, Michel Brousseau, four guest soloists, four choirs and a full orchestra presented, with great success, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
Michel Brousseau other’s passion is to introduce master works of the classical repertoire less known to the public. In 2007, Michel Brousseau discovers some of the latter’s works of Théodore Dubois (1837-1924), a contemporary French composer of Gabriel Fauré. In June 2010, Michel Brousseau and the International Choir were invited to perform the Messe de saint Remi by Théodore Dubois at Carnegie Hall in New York City, with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. This event was the first presentation of this work in the United States. This piece and the Messe de la Délivrance were released on a CD under the ATMA Classique label in April 2010 and, in 2011, were presented with the International Choir in some of the most beautiful cathedrals in France: Saint-Pierre (Montpellier), Église de La Madeleine and Notre-Dame de Paris (Paris), Saint-Étienne (Metz) and Notre-Dame de Reims (Reims).
In May 2012, the maestro conducted the closing concert of the fourth edition of the Festival Civitanova Classica with the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana and Lorenzo Di Bella, pianist.
Michel Brousseau has a passion for opera and has conducted many operas in Europe, in the United States and Canada. In February 2013, Maestro Brousseau was invited to conduct six performances of the Pinocchio Opera at the very prestigious Teatro San Carlo di Napoli.
As a pianist, Maestro Brousseau has recorded in collaboration with soprano Maria Knapik (Ottawa) the complete melodic works for voice and piano (Op. 74) of Frederic Chopin. These valuable musical treasures unfortunately not sufficiently known play an important role in the history of Polish song. The recording, called Pieśni, was released in the fall of 2014. A second recording, named Pieśni II, will include the 8 songs of Francis Poulenc with Polish lyrics as well as the 12 songs of Ignace Paderewski, with French lyrics, performed by Michel Brousseau at the piano and soprano Maria Knapik.
Amongst his latest accomplishments, Michel Brousseau was invited in Italy to act as one of the jury members of the oldest and most prestigious piano competition in Italy – Nuova Coppa Pianisti 2015.