Francis Choinière

Francis Choinière, 24, choral conductor and artistic director of Orchestre Philharmonique et Choeur des Mélomanes, Orchestre FILMharmonique & Ensemble Classico Moderne is the winner of the $125,000 Mécénat Musica Prix Goyer 2023-2024 for Collaborative Emerging Artist.

Mécénat Musica Prix Goyer is the biggest prize of its kind in Canada and one of the largest in the world for a collaborative emerging artist in classical music.

Under Choinière’s leadership, $50,000 of the Mécénat Musica Prix Goyer is being used to create, for the artist’s cultural organization Orchestre Philharmonique et Choeur des Mélomanes, a $1,000,000 Mécénat Musica in-perpetuity fund.

Francis Choinière is a versatile musician, active as a choral and orchestral conductor, concert producer, pianist, and composer. He is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the OPCM (Orchestre Philharmonique et Choeur des Mélomanes), performing large choral and symphonic masterworks. Francis is also Principal Conductor and Co-Artistic Director of l’Orchestre FILMharmonique and Ensemble Classico Moderne, conducting in a number of pan Canadian tours.

Francis Choinière was assistant conductor at the Canadian Opera Company (COC) for Bizet’s Carmen with conductor Jacques Lacombe in 2022.  Francis was assistant and cover conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra under Alexander Shelley for season 2020-2021.

Francis is also President and co-founder of GFN Productions, passionately developing new classical music audiences by presenting symphony orchestras with film, including Fantasia, Titanic, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings.

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