Marc-Olivier Lamontagne is a Canadian guitarist who specializes in contemporary music performance on classical and electric guitar. He is a sought-after soloist, improviser and chamber musician who regularly performs with new music ensemble such as the Nouvel ensemble moderne, Orchestre 21, Chants libres, Ensemble Punctum (for which he is Artistic Director) and Ensemble La Machine (of which he is a founding member). During the upcoming season, he will also perform with ECM+, Quasar and Nouvel ensemble moderne. His advocacy for new music has led him to premiere several solo and ensemble works for guitar both in Canada and Europe. Since Fall 2012, Marc-Olivier serves as Artistic Director of the Ottawa New Music Creators. He is also an Artistic Adviser for the Montréal new music concert producing association, Codes d’accès. Marc-Olivier Lamontagne has just completed a doctorate in New Music Performance with Lorraine Vaillancourt and Bruno Perron at the University of Montréal. Thanks to grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, he spent time as a resident at the Cité des Arts in Paris, where he studied with Judicaël Perroy and Alberto Ponce.