Born in 1970 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Vincent Collard studied classical guitar from 1981 to 1992, at which point he turned to composition, working with André Prévost and Michel Longtin until 1997. In 1996-97, he served as the SMCQ’s first composer-in-residence, and has since produced a number of commissions for this same society. He has also worked with several well-known ensembles and soloists in addition to the SMCQ, including the ECM and Alizé ensembles, the Trio de guitares de Montréal, the Quatuor Arthur-Leblanc, Arraymusic (Toronto, Canada), Grame (Lyon, France), cellists Stéphanie Meyer and Benjamin Carat, horn player Michèle Gagnon, and trombonist Alain Trudel. In June 2000, he was one of the nineteen composers who took part in the Symphony of the Millenium. Collard is currently at work on three different pieces: a flute-piano duet for Lise Daoust and Louise Bessette, an octet for the Quad percussion ensemble and Quasar saxophone quartets, and finally a full-scale concerto grosso for clarinet, string quartet, and symphony orchestra. Prolific in his compositional output, Collard has written about thirty works to date.