- René Champigny
(b Trois-Rivières, Aug 8, 1938; d Saint-Hippolyte, PQ, Feb 9, 2010). Canadian composer. In 1956 Hétu entered the School of Music of the University of Ottawa. From 1956 to 1961 he attended the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal (Montreal) where he studied with, among others, jean papineau-couture and clermont pépin. In 1959 he attended the summer camp, with lukas foss, at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood. Finishing his studies in 1961 at the Conservatoire de musique, he received three diplomas (Prizes in composition, counterpoint, and harmony). The same year, he won the Prix d’Europe, an annual scholarship for young promising musicians granted by the Académie de musique du Québec, and an award from the Canada Council for the Arts. This award enabled him to study with henri dutilleux in Paris from 1961 to 1963 at the École Normale de Musique, where he received the Diplôme d’excellence. At the same time, he attended Olivier Messiaen’s analysis classes at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique....