Stéphane Lévesque Bassoon


Born in Montréal in 1972, Stéphane Lévesque has been principal bassoon with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) since September 1998. He was also principal bassoon of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, guest principal bassoon of the Saito Kinen Orchestra and of the Mito Chamber Orchestra in Japan, and a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach and of the Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall. 

Mr. Lévesque has appeared as soloist on several occasions with the OSM as well as with ensembles such as the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the New World Symphony, Les Violons du Roy, and the U.S. Army Orchestra. 

Assistant professor of bassoon at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Mr. Lévesque has given master classes throughout the world, including at the Curtis Institute of Music, Northwestern University, Yale University, the Royal Academy of Music in London (UK), the Conservatoriums of Adelaide and Sydney in Australia, the Hautes Écoles de Musique in Lausanne and Geneva, Switzerland, and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon. 

A graduate of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and of the Yale School of Music, Stéphane Lévesque studied with Rodolfo Masella, Stephen Maxym and Frank Morelli. He plays on a bassoon made in 2018 by Benson Bell of Lakefield, Ontario.