Canadian baritone Pierre Rancourt is invited as a soloist with numerous Québec presenters, including the Opéra de Montréal, the Festival d’opéra de Québec, Clavecin en concert, the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, the Orchestre Métropolitain, La Nef, the Opéra bouffe du Québec, Les Rhapsodes choir, the Laval Symphony Orchestra and the Société d’art vocal de Montréal.
A seasoned performer throughout Montréal’s network of Maisons de la Culture, and himself the creator of shows, his productions are presented across the island of Montréal, and one of them, the show entitled Carlos Gardel : Dialogue avec le roi du tango, was awarded the Prix du Public by the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.
Alongside his stage activities, Pierre Rancourt is a fervent promoter of the benefits of music to many marginalized groups, whether by autism, physical disability, intellectual disability or poverty. For nearly 10 years, and often in collaboration with institutions such as the Opéra de Montréal or the Grands Ballets, thousands of young people have been able to attend his workshops presented in schools, childcare centres, school matinees or by videoconference.
He is also president and founder of Le Volier, an organization dedicated to the use of music and singing for community advancement.
Studies, Canadian Music and Discography
A graduate of Université Laval, Pierre Rancourt was also a member of the Atelier lyrique of l’Opéra de Montréal.
Recipient, in 2015, of the First Prize at the competition of the Association pour la diffusion de la musique d’Auguste Descarries, he has since discovered a keen interest in the often-unknown works of Canadian composers, and has notably premièred songs by Eric Champagne, Alain Gagnon, Alfred La Liberté and Auguste Descarries.
Moreover, the chamber music and songs of Auguste Descarries are the focus of a disc released in 2020 by the Montréal-based ATMA Classique label, an album on which Pierre Rancourt collaborates with the Hochelaga Trio.