Born in Montreal and raised in unfavoured neighborhoods such as Saint-Henri and Ville-Émard, Pascal G.-Berardi grew in environnments plagued by poverty and some of the highest rate of school dropouts in the country. It is through his passion for music that he’s been able to work his way.
With a Master degree in composition (U of Montreal) and many international conducting workshops under his belt, this old Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal is constantly looking for musical projects that will help him grow. May it be to write new works, conduct ensembles, sing as soloist or chorister, nothing is left out in order to live and share his love for music. His guilty pleasure ? His extreme metal band Archetype for which he writes most of the material and exhibits the growling/shrieking vocal technique.
His influences are multiple, from great classical masters such as Beethoven, Bruckner and Liszt up to underground metal bands such as Strapping Young Lad, Vektor and Decapitated, Pascal has a thing for powerful and thunderous music.
Recent activity includes a conducting worksop at U. of Illinois (USA) with Joseph Flummerfelt, former assistant of Leonard Bernstein, a composition workshop with Bozzini quartet, a string ensemble specialised in experimental/contemporary music, multiple performances with Montreal Opera and Montreal Symphonic Orchestra choirs and the release of Archetype‘s first album, Mission.
“Pascal G.-Berardi has the breath and personnality of someone who doesn’t have time to lose and entirely gives himself to what he does, CAMUZ, may 2016
“Mission (Archetype‘s 1st album) is a call for tabula rasa, a completely embodied musical chaos coming from musicians that obviously master their instruments, the horizon looks great” Le VOIR, may 2016
He is also founder and artistic director of Société de Concerts de Montréal (SCM), a concert-production organism dedicated to young professionnal musicians and is conductor of its choir in residence.
Pascal is assistant-conductor for Voces Boreales since september 2017.