Horn & Trumpet
Alexis Basque is a graduate of the Conservatoire de musique du Québec, where he received his formal training in trumpet performance and began his first foray into composition and orchestration.
Alexis is an avid performer of Baroque music, playing and recording regularly with Montréal’s most active and innovative ensembles, including the Ensemble Caprice, the Bande Montréal Baroque, les Idées Heureuses, the Theater of Early Music, and the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal. He also performs with various orchestras at Bourgie Hall as part of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ multi-year project of presenting the complete cycle of Cantatas by J.S. Bach. Outside of Quebec, he has performed with the University of Toronto’s Schola Cantorum, Arcadia Ensemble, Thirteen Strings and the Pacific Baroque Festive Orchestra on multiple occasions. In 2013 he was invited to play in the Ensemble Barricade of Tel-Aviv’s Israeli tour of the music of J.S. Bach, and performed with the Bach Society of Minnesota in 2016 on both horn and trumpet.
As an early music soloist, he performed in Ensemble Caprice’s Vivaldi project, The Return of the Angels (Analecta, 2012). He can also be heard playing both trumpet and horn in the complete recordings of the Bach Cantatas by the Bande Montréal Baroque (ATMA Classique), a project which began in 2014.
Alexis also performs actively on the modern trumpet in various orchestral settings. He performs as Principal trumpet with the Grands Ballets Canadiens since 2016. He also holds Principal trumpet positions with the Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean since 2014, and with the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières since 2017.