Franco-Ontarian composer Thierry Tidrow began his musical training at St-Matthew’s Men and Boys choir and at De La Salle High School in vocal performance. In 2009, he obtained his Bachelor of Music degrees in honours composition and theory at McGill University, where his composition teachers included Brian Cherney and Christoph Neidhöfer. As a Fondation Ricard and Canada Arts Council Fellow, he received his Masters degree from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2011 under Richard Ayres and Willem Jeths, followed by an Advanced Studies diploma at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg in 2013 under Brice Pauset.
Thierry has collaborated with many performers and ensembles across Europe and North America, including the Asko-Schönberg Ensemble, the Ereprijs Orkest, Utrecht’s Insomnio, the Talea Ensemble, the New York Miniature Ensemble, the Bozzini String Quartet, the Chiara String Quartet, Berlin’s Ensemble Apparat, Ensemble Proton Bern, Cologne’s Ensemble Garage, Erik Bosgraaf, Brian Archinal, Continuum Contemporary Music and the Dutch National Opera Academie (DNOA), which under the direction of Javier Lopez-Pinon and Lucas Vis premiered his opera Less Truth More Telling in January 2013.
Thierry’s piece It had something to do with the telling of time… was nominated for both the Gaudeamus Music Week 2011 and the Toonzetters 2011, and his piece Silk Hole was awarded a commission prize at the Ereprijs Orkest’s Young Composers’s Meeting 2011. In 2014, both Less Truth More Telling and Violon et Clarinette were awarded SOCAN Foundation Awards and most recently, Au fond du cloître humide was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts’ prestigious Jules-Léger Prize.
Future projects include a percussion-saxophone duet for Ensemble Nikel and My Corporate Identity, a one-act opera for the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Thierry lives and works in Cologne, Germany.