The intrepid and dedicated members of Ensemble Paramirabo come together as a single voice to perform contemporary music, showcase emerging Canadian composers, and expand the boundaries of the traditional concert experience. As a creator of innovative events, the group provides young composers with a venue for refining their trademark within Montreal’s vibrant new music scene and act as a springboard for exposure abroad. The ensemble’s flutist, Jeffrey Stonehouse, has been the group’s artistic director since its founding.
Taking its name from Paramirabo, by Montreal composer Claude Vivier, Ensemble Paramirabo’s roots date back to 2008 at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Since its foundation, the ensemble has toured internationally to England and Mexico and has been invited to Domaine Forget, Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions, New York’s Mise-En Festival, Winnipeg’s Cluster New Music Festival, and the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab. In June 2017 and 2019, Paramirabo was ensemble-in-residence for the Domaine Forget International Music and Dance Academy’s Composition Session.
A proud ambassador of local contemporary music, the ensemble has over 70 premieres and commissions to its credit.