Early life and education
Dompierre was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and grew up in Hull, Quebec (now Gatineau, Quebec). His mother played piano and his father was a choir director. He studied music at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal.
Dompierre first became known as a performer of jazz-inspired chansonnier pop. He soon abandoned this to pursue classical composition and conducting, working with orchestras such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Dompierre composed scores for many films; he is a two-time Genie Award winner for Best Original Score, winning at the 6th Genie Awards for Mario and at the 7th Genie Awards for The Alley Cat, and a two-time winner for Best Original Song, winning at the 18th Genie Awards as cowriter with Luc Plamondon of "L'Homme idéal" and at the 21st Genie Awards for "Fortuna".
Dompierre composed 24 Preludes, in remembrance of Bob Alain, a jazz pianist who influenced his early career.
In 2018 the Sutton Museum mounted an exhibition of Dompierre's work, including a presentation of his composition, "Petit Concerto de Saint-Irénée".
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