Pierre-Vincent Plante

Pierre-Vincent Plante

Principal English Horn

It was during an internship with the National Youth Orchestra that Pierre-Vincent Plante first realized that he wanted a career as an orchestral musician. A grant recipient from the Canada Council for the Arts and Les Amis de l’art, he also won First Prize at the OSM Competition in 1974, and soon after was hired as a freelancer by the Orchestra. His fondest musical memory is not one of being on stage, but of being an audience member at Martha Argerich’s performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G. In addition to working as a professional musician, Mr. Plante studied instrument repair and has acquired the expertise to repair oboes and English horns.

Model of instrument: Laubin and F. Lorée built in 1985

Hometown: Montreal

Academic institutions attended: Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Conservatoire national supérieur de Paris

First musical love: The oboe solo in Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky

Prizes and scholarships: Conseil des arts du Canada, Les Amis de l’art, OSM Competition winner

Favourite composers: J. S. Bach, Prokofiev

Favourite works: Romeo and Juliet, Prokofiev and St. Matthew Passion, J. S. Bach

Other interests: Aviation, cooking, travel

If you could play another instrument, you would choose …: Cello

If you hadn’t chosen to become a musician, you would be …: An airline pilot