Michel Longtin

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Michel Longtin (born 20 May 1946) is a Canadian composer and music educator based in Montreal.[1] An associate of the Canadian Music Centre and a member of the Canadian League of Composers, he won the Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music in 1986 for Pohjatuuli.

Early life and education[edit]

Longtin was born in Montreal, Quebec. He studied theatre arts, earning a Bachelor of Arts from the Collège des Eudistes in 1967. During the summers of 1963-1964 he also studied theatre at the Banff School of Fine Arts. He then pursued studies in computer science, stage directing, and music at the Université de Montréal (UM) from 1968–1973, ultimately earning a Bachelor of Music in composition. His mentor at the school was composer André Prévost. In the summer of 1971 he studied for a short time with Samuel Dolin at The Royal Conservatory of Music. That year he won a BMI Student Composer Award.[2]


Longtin's early compositions were mainly electronic music.[3] From 1971-1975 Longtin worked at the electronic music studio of McGill University with Paul Pedersen, Bengt Hambraeus, and Alcides Lanza. He later taught on the faculty of that school. He continued studies in the graduate composition program at the UM with Prévost and Serge Garant, earning a Master of Music in 1975 and a Doctor of Music in 1982. He also con-currently worked on the music faculty of the UM from 1973-2008.


  1. ^ Sherrill E. Grace (15 April 2002). Canada and the Idea of North. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. p. 129. ISBN 978-0-7735-6953-9.
  2. ^ BMI awards 13 young composers. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 3 June 1972. pp. 33–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  3. ^ Joel Flegler (1989). Fanfare. 12, Issue 3. J. Flegler. p. 243.