Biography

A colorful performer and a founding member of Quartango, René Gosselin is principal double bass with Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has toured extensively in North America, Europe and Asia. He has performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops Orchestra, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at Opéra Bastille and IRCAM in Paris. He has also participated in many prestigious festivals, such as Musica in Strasbourg, Bang on a Can in New York and the Festival of the Americas in Miami.

René has performed in many Canadian radio and television broadcasts. His work and his enthusiasm were featured in Passions orchestrées by film maker Bruneau Carrière and in Macadam Tango, a film by Productions ECP.

His instrument is one of a kind. It was created in 1997 in collaboration with Canadian luthier Mario Lamarre. This new design for a double bass with an expanded register makes it unique in the family of stringed instruments and pushes the boundaries of the repertoire. René is thus able to play sonatas by Bach, Beethoven and Mendelssohn in their original keys as well as contemporary repertoire composed specifically for his instrument.

René works with up-and-coming young musicians as teacher at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and at the Université de Montréal. He has a master’s degree in performance from Université de Montréal and also won first prize in chamber music from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.

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