Composer, conductor and professor at Université de Sherbrooke, Robert Ingari is known internationally for the quality of his work and his insightful musicality.
Robert Ingari is a professor at Université de Sherbrooke where he is the director of the master’s in choral conducting program and the École d’été de chant choral, winner in 2013 of the institutional award Grande distinction en enseignement universitaire. He is also the founding artistic director of the Chœur de chambre du Québec since 2011. As a composer, his works have been performed by university, professional and amateur choirs in Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. In 2014, his cantata for choir, soloists and strings, Psalm 23, had its European premier at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris under the direction of Catherine Simonpietri. And in 2015, he conducted the world premiere in Paris of his choral work Vient le jour on a poem by Hélène Dorion, with the professional Parisian choir Sequenza 9.3 and the cellist Henri Demarquette. This work was awarded the Prix de la recherche et de la création at Université de Sherbrooke in 2018. In July 2018, his work Saint-Laurent, set to a poem by Claude Lapointe for 16 voices a cappella had its world premiere in St. John’s, Newfoundland as part of the national choral project …float… of Choral Canada. He is presently working on Le lierre des murs de pierre, a dramatic cantata in 15 movements for choir, soloists, strings, and piano, on a text by Claude Lapointe. In 2013, at the request of the musique department at Université de Sherbrooke, Robert Ingari composed and conducted Cantate en trois lieux for choir, soloists and orchestra on a poem by professor Sarah Rocheville for the 20th anniversary of the music department. And in 2016, the humanities faculty commissioned him to write the university’s graduation hymn pars, cours, vole on a text by Professor André Marquis. Robert Ingari has also taught masterclasses in the conducting of his choral works at the Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse de Lyon and has conducted workshops on his choral works in Paris and Reims. In 2019, he received the Ordre du mérite choral from the Alliance chorale du Québec for his exceptional service to the choral community, particularly in Quebec. Robert Ingari was also named in 2013 Mérite estrien by the La Tribune of Sherbrooke and Radio-Canada for his accomplishments and involvement in the region's musical activities. Mr. Ingari is also an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Center. One of his most recent works, Souvenirs d'un paysage, is a cycle de 12 art songs for soprano and piano, in collaboration with the soprano Catherine Elvira Chartier and the pianist Carmen Picard. In the fall of 2022, at the invitation by the Chœur d’enfants and le Jeune ensemble of the Maîtrise de Notre-Dame-de-Paris, Mr. Ingari composed new equal-voiced choral works with cello and organ whose premieres he will conduct in Paris. He will also co-conduct programs of his choral works as part of a residence in Montauban, France with the chamber choir Dulci jubilo as well as in Sévigny-le-Temple and Reims with the Chœur Variatio, the Solistes Allegri and the Chœur Nicolas-de-Grigny de Reims. Additionally, Mr. Ingari will return to the Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse de Lyon where will once again give masterclasses on the conducting of his choral works. Professor Ingari is presently writing a French language textbook on choral rehearsal techniques that is scheduled to be released for the summer of 2023 by ÉDITIONS JFD.
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