In all of the diverse musical spheres in which he is active—classical, jazz, new music, improvised music, and world music—clarinetist François Houle has established himself as one of today’s most inventive musicians. His extensive touring has included solo appearances at major festivals in Canada, the United States, and Europe, and he has released more than a dozen recordings, earning multiple nominations for Juno and West Coast Music awards. Inspired by collaborations with the world’s top musical innovators, François has developed a unique improvisational language, virtuosic and rich with sonic embellishment and technical extensions. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has actively expanded the clarinet’s repertoire by commissioning works from leading Canadian and international composers. He has premiered over one hundred new works. François studied at McGill University, went on to win the National Debut competition, and completed his studies at Yale University. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy, and was a featured soloist in the International Clarinet Association’s 2007 and 2008 Clarinet Fests. He is a faculty member at the Vancouver Community College School ofMusic and, in 2006, became Artistic Director of the Vancouver Creative Music Institute.