Composer reviving Haitian classical music


Performer, conductor and composer, Jean “Rudy” Perrault is Director of Orchestras and professor of violin and viola at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. At UMD Rudy coaches chamber music, conducts both the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, teaches string techniques and the fundamentals of conducting.

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he earned his Master’s degree in performance from Temple University in Philadelphia. He has conducted for the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, the Holy Trinity Philharmonic Orchestra, the Paris Sinfonietta and the Karelia State Conservatory Orchestra in Russia.

He has participated in many prestigious music festivals including Aspen, Tanglewood, and Chautauqua. Rudy has performed with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, the New York Virtuosi, the New York Pops, the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Broadway show “Beauty and the Beast”.

More recently he has been editing and orchestrating the piano works of Haitian Classical Composers. His most recent composition, “Exodus”, has been recorded by the Borromeo String Quartet and can be heard on their “Living Archives” label.

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