Étienne LaFrance, double bassist from Québec, is an eclectic, curious and passionate artist. He evolves in classical music as well as in improvised musics, accompanying singers or in various forms of world music.
After getting his basic music education at the Québec Conservatory of Music, he did an internship at the International François Rabbath Institute of Paris where he got the Soloist and Teacher diplomas. Enhancing the transmission of the legacy of the great master and his own experience, he teaches each summer at the Music Academy of the Domaine Forget. He also give masterclasses abroad, including Australia and the United States.
His position of Co-Principal bassist with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec allows him to play regularly masterpieces of the great symphonic composers.
Also committed to make the voice of the double bass being heard and known, he gives solo concerts where he performs original works, transcriptions and his own compositions. In 2006, he was invited by the OSQ to interpret Frank Proto’s Carmen Fantasy for double bass and orchestra. He was described by the press as, “a brilliant bassist, literally taking over the stage…”
Active in jazz and improvised music, Étienne is a member of TRIFOLIA along with pianist Marianne Trudel and percussionist Patrick Graham. The trio won the Opus Prize for the best jazz album of the year and was nominated for a Juno Award for their cd Le Refuge. They did a very successful cross-canada tour in 2013.
He is also a sought-after bassist in world music, new music and as an accompanist for singers.
Besides music, Étienne LaFrance is a tireless canoeist. Very attached to the land and nature, each summer he travels the ancient waterways of aboriginal peoples of North America.