Known for organically blending his background in rock and classical music, composer Christien Ledroit is equally at home in both worlds. Playing both violin and electric guitar from a young age has shaped his musical sensibilities in such a way that, as time goes on, the line between these worlds has become increasingly blurred. Influences of punk and hard rock, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Debussy, George Crumb, R. Murray Schafer and David Lang abound.
Born in London, Ontario in 1975, Christien has won numerous awards, including two prizes in the SOCAN Young Composers Competition. He has been commissioned by ensembles across Canada and the USA and performs regularly throughout Ontario on guitar with The Castor Troys, a Hamilton/Burlington hard rock band. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and a Master of Music in Composition from McGill University in Montreal. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wife and two daughters.
The more important stuff:
I’m not fond of traditional composer bios because they don’t tell you what makes that person’s music really sing. If you want my credentials, they’re in my CV. But if you really want to know what makes my music sound the way it does, it’s because of all the things in my life that feed my soul. In school I learned to appreciate the beauty of the creation and inner machinations of music. Outside of school I learned to appreciate the beauty of sound and passion. I grew up in the 80s and early 90s, so that should tell you something about what kind of pop culture influences me. My favourite music to listen to is punk rock, Beethoven, Debussy, Ligeti, Murray Schafer, David Lang, Evan Ziporyn, early delta blues and 50s and 60s Afro-Cuban music. I also really enjoy the film scores of Thomas Newman. I can’t stand Mozart, with the exception of his two symphonies in G minor. Read into that what you will! I’m married to a wonderful woman and soul-mate, and we have two amazing young daughters. I grew up playing violin, and picked up guitar and drums along the way. I’m currently learning cello and banjo. I play guitar in a rock band. I’m a bit of a foodie, and have an appreciation (if not always a budget) for good wines and single-malt scotch. I also have a thing for vintage sports cars. There’s a direct correlation somewhere in there between the very fine inner workings of an internal combustion engine and the various notes, figurings and nuances of a composed piece of music, as well as the raw power and speed of a performance car, and the visceral emotions found in a lot of my music. What does all this mean as far as music? Nothing and everything, but what comes out of my pencil in my studio is always going to reflect bits and pieces of what makes me an artist.