LouisT 1Louis Trépanier was born in Ottawa in 1971 and grew-up in Hull, Québec, where he studied classical guitar at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Hull, under the guidance of Patrick Roux. Upon receiving the Prix en Guitare in 1998, he co-founded the Canadian Guitar Quartet with his former teacher, with fellow former Roux student Denis Donegani, and renowned Canadian guitarist Philip Candelaria.

This ensemble has since toured extensively from one standing ovation to the next in North and South-America, as well as in Europe, and has recorded two acclaimed CDs for the Montreal-based Eclectra label (Portrait 1 in 2000 and Les Scènes de Quartiers in 2003). Louis Trépanier regularly contributes to the CGQ’s repertoire with arrangements and transcriptions from sources such as orchestral masterpieces and jazz and folklore melodies, as well as the occasional composition.

He has undertaken further studies with Sérgio Assad, Leo Brouwer, Hubert Käppel, David Russell and Fabio Zanon, as well as studying jazz with Canadian composer and guitarist Roddy Ellias. Balancing his career with the CGQ, Mr. Trépanier teaches guitar at the University of Ottawa where he is also Assistant Director of the School of Music.  He also plays with the Donkin-Trépanier guitar piano duet with his wife, pianist Catherine Donkin.