Eric Lagace

Primarily known as a double bassist who plays with equal proficiency alongside jazzmen Oliver Jones, Michel Legrand, Vic Vogel and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, and Les Violons du Roy, Eric Lagacé’s artistry is remarkably versatile and unusually eclectic. In addition to performing as Oliver Jones’s double bassist for twelve years, he has also served as principal double bass in various chamber music ensembles (Arion, Amati, ECM+, SMCQ).

At age 24, he began studies in piano and composition, and quickly thereafter excelled in the Quebec musical milieu as an arranger and composer. To this day, he eschews any specialization but remains an avid proponent of a variety of styles of music, from Henry Purcell to Luciano Berio, including Duke Ellington or Bud Powell. After graduating with a First Prize diploma from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal in fugue, harmony, counterpoint and double bass (he obtained the highest grades in each of these disciplines), he went on to produce numerous arrangements for artists including Natalie Choquette, Florence K, Isabelle Boulay, the Quatuor Arthur Leblanc, Alexandre Da Costa, I Musici de Montréal, Marie-Josée Lord, Gino Quilicot, as well as some forty orchestrations for the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.

His composition La Diva’s Theme and its many variations have been recorded by the OSM, while he also produced Natalie Choquette’s three Aeterna albums, all of them resounding successes. Since 2001, Mr. Lagacé has taught fugue, harmony and counterpoint at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, where he enjoys training a brand new generation of young composers.