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Bio

An-Laurence Higgins is a Montreal-based guitarist dedicated to new music. She holds a degree in classical guitar performance from the University of Montreal and works as a soloist, chamber musician and improviser in Quebec and Ontario. An-Laurence loves to create with composers, and has collaborated with various artists such as Thais Montanari, Maxime Daigneault, Lieke van der Voort and Kim Farris-Manning to create new works with electronics, theatrics and video elements. She won the WRCMS Contemporary Performance Prize in 2017 and the 1st Prize in solo performance at the Concours de Victoriaville in 2016.

Active in the new music scene and community, An-Laurence is an alumna of Toronto Creative Music Lab, Laboratoire de Musique Contemporaine de Montréal, Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions and the Domaine Forget. As of 2017, she became an organizer for the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, an artist-run program providing an experimental space for emerging musicians to create and thrive.

Recent performances :

  • Émergences (f.pl.) : An-Laurence produced and performed Émergences (f.pl.), a concert project connecting new works by five emerging and experimental women composers from Montréal and Toronto commissioned for flute (Sara Constant), guitar (herself) and multimedia.

  • Class Axe : An-Laurence performed in the Montreal Class Axe showcase of new works for guitar, a composition workshop run by the Canadian Music Centre, for which she acted as a mentor for composer Kim Farris-Manning and a performer.

  • Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions, guest artist chamber recital : As one of the WRCMS’ guest artist, An-Laurence curated and performed a contemporary and new music chamber recital alongside Sara Constant (flute) and Maline Rauschenfels (cello and voice)

  • Ottawa Guitar Society, Young Artist Series Solo recital : An-Laurence curated and performed a solo guitar recital for the OGS in the Freimann Hall, Ottawa

  • Vivier Interuniversitaire : An-Laurence performed the North-American premiere of (un)control for solo guitar by Zhuosheng Jin

Upcoming performances

  • 21C guitar fest, august 22, 2019 : 3 works for guitar, electronics and video projection

  • Moi_Espace Public (2020) by Thais Montanari, spring 2020 : ensemble work for five musicians and videos

  • (TBA) spring 2020 : Musical theater ensemble piece for several musicians by Joseph Glaser