Born in 1995, Jonas Regnier is a French composer and researcher currently based in Montreal. His research and artistic interests focus on music cognition and psychology, and more specifically the ways to direct listeners’ attention with timbre, space and musical discourse. He is exploring Instrumental, Electroacoustic, and mixed music composition with equal interest and his music has been performed in France, Belgium, Canada, Thailand and the US. His professional achievements include awards such as the McGill University Graduate Excellence Fellowship (2022), the Schulich Scholarship (2022), the Tacet(i) Winning Commissioned Prize (2020), and the CIRMMT Research Student Award (2020).
His music has been performed in many international festivals and symposiums such as IRCAM Manifeste Festival 2022, Bangkok Int-Act New Music and Arts Festival 2022, IRCAM Forum 2021, ByPass Contemporary music festival 2021, Thailand New Music and Arts Festival 2020, Ticino Musica Festival 2020, University of Nebraska Kearney New Music Festival 2020, Vivier InterUniversitaire Creation Concert 2020, and has been performed by world-famous ensembles such as Ensemble Intercontemporain, Quatuor Diotima, Tacet(i) Ensemble, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Trio Émérillion.
Regnier integrated both the CIRMMT (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology) and the ACTOR Project (Analysis, Creation and Teaching of Orchestration) research groups in 2019, which allowed him to work on interdisciplinary projects with performers, music technologists and neuroscientists. He has been actively involved in different research-creation projects such as the Directing attention in Contemporary Music with timbre project, or the Space as Timbre research-creation project.
Since 2017, Regnier has also been very active both as an independent teacher and a Music administrator. He has been teaching music privately to many students and became a teaching assistant at McGill University in 2019/2020. He has been an active executive member of the McGill Association of Student Composers and the Vivier interUniversitaire association in Montreal since 2018, through which he has organized concerts, lectures and composition workshops.
Regnier obtained an Organ performance diploma, an Instrumental composition diploma and an Electroacoustic composition diploma at the Conservatoire of Music of Toulouse (France) in 2018 in the classes of Stéphane Bois (Organ), Guy Ferla (Instrumental composition) and Bertrand Dubedout (Electroacoustic composition). At the same time, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Musicology at the Sorbonne University (Paris). In 2018, he received the Maurice Pollack Foundation Fellowship and the Marvin Duchow Memorial Scholarship to attend a Master of Music in Composition at McGill University under the supervision of Philippe Leroux. He is now pursuing a PhD in Composition at McGill University with Robert Hasegawa, Philippe Leroux and Stephen McAdams. Regnier has also worked with Misato Mochizuki, Hans Tutschku, Oscar Bianchi, Francesca Verunelli, Annette Vande Gorne and Steven Takasugi through masterclasses and workshops.