Simon Claude, violinist
Violinist Simon Claude received his formal musical training at L'ecole Vincent díIndy and Université de Montréal (with Vladimir Lansman).
In 1995, he founded the tango group Intakto with Alejandro Venegas. After more than 300 concerts given in the Americas, Europe and Asia, they released their first album in 2002, which features three of his own compositions and is a critical as well as popular success. The band is winning over audience wherever they play, and the album won the 2003 Album of the Year ADISQ Félix Award for world music and garnered a Juno award nomination in the same category.
Known for his lyrical and passionate playing, Simon Claude has collaborated on stage and on discs with many artists from very diverse horizons such as pop singers Mitsou, Chloé Ste-Marie, rap group Loco Locass, French legend Salvatore Adamo (with the honour of leading the string section), DJ Mark Anthony, jazz pianist Omar Sosa, and guitarist Mario Chénart.
He toured Europe, North America and Asia with La La La Human Steps in …douard Lockís Amelia for 2 years., and performed and contributed compositionally to the soundtrack of the dance film of the same name.
Simon Claude can be heard on the Radio Canada series Chartrand et Simone, as solo violinist, as well as a variety of films, televisions and commercials.