Pierre-Antoine Tremblay (Canada) pursues a career specializing in the practice of historical instruments. He plays regularly with top period-instrument ensembles such as Europa Galante (Italy), the Freiburger Barockorchester (Germany) and Arion Baroque Orchestra (Canada). He was also invited to perform with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century (Netherlands), the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées (France), il Giardino Armonico (Italy), the Collegium Vocale Gent (Belgium), Ensemble Pygmalion (France), B’Rock (Belgium), MusicAeterna (Russia), Concerto Copenhagen (Denmark) and Capriccio Stravagante (France). His musical activities over the past few years have led him to about thirty countries across Europe, North America, South America, and Asia, working with renowned conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Philippe Herreweghe, Fabio Biondi, René Jacobs, Christophe Rousset, Pablo Heras-Casado, Raphaël Pichon and Ton Koopman.
He has performed several times as a soloist, most notably with the Freiburger Barockorchester, Arion Baroque Orchestra, Les Idées Heureuses, and the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, playing concertos by Mozart, Telemann, Handel, Heinichen, Vivaldi, and Richard Strauss. In 2014, he founded in Barcelona the Dialoghi Ensemble, together with the clarinettist Lorenzo Coppola and the pianist Cristina Esclapez, to explore the classical and romantic repertoire on period instruments. The ensemble’s debut recording featuring Mozart and Beethoven quintets with fortepiano will be released in 2017.
After early studies on the modern horn at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec and at McGill University in Montreal, he pursued his studies on the natural horn with Teunis van der Zwart at the Amsterdam Conservatory, where he obtained a master’s degree in early music in 2012.
Pierre-Antoine is also passionate about teaching the natural horn. He was invited to give masterclasses at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Singapore, the Amsterdam Conservatory, the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and the Katarina Gurska School of Music of Madrid.
Enthusiastic about history and instruments, he owns a collection of early horns, which features two original natural horns by Marcel-Auguste Raoux and Courtois Neveu Aîné, as well as a Vienna horn by Leopold Uhlmann.