Principal clarinet of the Orchestre Symphonique de Drummondville and clarinet teacher at the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau, Antonin Cuerrier has made a name for himself on the Montreal and Quebec scene, playing with most of the regional orchestras as well as with the Orchestre des Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Orchestre Symphonique de l’Agora and Ballet-Opéra-Pantomime. He plays regularly as a chamber musician, notably with the CASSIOPÉE ensemble and performed as a soloist with the Sinfonia de Lanaudière in 2021.
Having performed Carl Maria von Weber’s Concerto in Fa with orchestra since the age of 16, this clarinetist, a graduate of the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, has more recently perfected his skills in Germany and Switzerland with Chen Halevi at the Hochschule für Musik Trossingen and Romain Guyot at the Haute École de Musique de Genève, and has been introduced to the classical clarinet by Ernst Schlader. His performances with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the National Academy Orchestra, the Orford Academy and Domaine Forget have forged his talent with such renowned musicians as Charles Neidich, Yehuda Gilad, Nicolas Baldeyrou, Wenzel Fuchs and Walter Seyfarth. This diligent work has earned him a number of grants and awards, including the prestigious Hnatyshyn Fellowship in 2014 and the DAAD prize from the Trossinger Wettbewerb in Germany in 2016.
In addition to being a skilled musician, Antonin Cuerrier cultivates a strong interest in philosophy and political science and has been involved in several student associations, boards of directors and artistic projects as manager, music librarian and administrator. He has been working at the JFP Foundation as coordinator since 2019 to make music education accessible to all.
He has also had the opportunity to teach his passion at the Conservatoire de Gatineau, Collège Notre-Dame, Joseph-François-Perrault and the Asbestos, CAMMAC and Père Lindsay music camps.