Founded in 1992 by their current Artistic Director, Gilbert Patenaude, Les Chantres Musiciens is a choir of young men aged 18 to 35 years, who all received their initial choral training with the celebrated boychoir Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal. Les Chantres Musiciens have a varied and complex repertoire, covering a wide range of works, from the Romantic period (including Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms) to Post-Romantic and modern compositions (including, for example, Schafer, Reger, Schönberg, and Langlais), as well as offerings from the rich tradition of African-American spirituals and gospel music. They have also performed some of the unique and unexplored repertoire composed for men’s voices, including many new compositions by Gilbert Patenaude. The ensemble has garnered a reputation for excellence in Canada and abroad, winning a number of national prizes, and has also received critical acclaim for their fine recordings.
Les Chantres has also had the pleasure of bringing their unique performances to Europe, most notably with their 2015 summer tour to Spain and Portugal, where they sang to enthusiastic audiences at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, at the Ateneo theatre in Madrid, and the Palácio Foz in Lisbon. In 2017, the group embarked on a ten day concert tour to Hungary and Austria, performing amongst other places in Linz during the Anton Bruckner competition and in Budapest for the Night of Choirs.