Adjunct Professor - Saxophone
Victor Herbiet graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Ottawa, where he studied saxophone with Noël Samyn and Peter Smith and composition with Steven Gellman. Victor later pursued his saxophone studies with Sébastien Tremblay in the Réseau des Conservatoires du Québec and was awarded the “Prix de Conservatoire”.
Between 1999 and 2011, Victor was a member of the Canadian Forces music branch with which he performed in concert throughout Canada, the United States, France, Belgium, and South Korea, both as a soloist and in all types of formations, including stage bands, saxophone quartets, and concert bands. After his service with the Canadian Forces, Victor reoriented his career towards solo performance, composition and education. As a soloist and chamber musician, Victor is regularly invited to play his own works for new music events and festivals in Canada’s capital, such as the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and the Music and Beyond festival. Victor is also frequently invited to play with the Chamber Players of Canada, the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra as guest soloist, and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra as principal saxophonist.
As a composer, Victor’s intention is to add new challenges to the saxophone repertoire by using the instrument in various ensembles. By blending the idioms of twelve-tone music with other styles, such as French impressionism, Canadian folk, American jazz and Latin music, and using the saxophone as a lead instrument, Victor has created his own musical language that is accessible and interesting for a broad range of listeners. His latest works, involving theremin, have been performed in the Netherlands, Brazil and Canada, and have received accolades from performers and audiences alike. Victor is currently an adjunct professor at the School of Music of the University of Ottawa and associate composer at the Canadian Music Centre. His compositions are published and distributed by Gérard Billaudot, Dorn Publications and the Canadian Music Centre.