Composer and Musical Director
As Composer and Musical Director, Benoit Jutras has brought life to pieces that evoke the senses of spectators and music lovers alike. At Cirque du Soleil, he has created the soundtracks for Quidam, “O” and La Nouba. He also composed the soundtrack for the IMAX movie Cirque du Soleil Journey of Man (a Sony Pictures Classics and Cirque du Soleil co-production) and for the feature film Alegria, produced by Franco Dragone, for which he won a Jutra award (Quebec). Before creating the music for these five productions on his own, Benoit was already a valuable collaborator of Cirque du Soleil.
In 1987, he joined the team of We Reinvent the Circus, where he spent three years working as Musical Director. In 1990, he became Co-Composer and Musical Director for the show's European tour. He then worked with René Dupéré on composing the music for Mystère and Fascination. He also wrote a few pieces and acted as Musical Director for the special Cirque du Soleil performance for the G7 Summit in Halifax in 1995.
In 1996, Benoit was named best circus composer at the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo. This award was in recognition of his work as composer and musical director on a show presented in Switzerland, co-created by Cirque du Soleil and Circus Knie.
In 2000, he composed the music for Francesco il musical, an Italian production based on the life and times of Saint Francis of Assisi. This work was presented in Assisi to mark the arrival of the new millennium.
At the movies, Benoit created the original soundtracks for The Far Side of the Moon (2003) by Robert Lepage and Borderline (2007), a Lyne Charlebois film. He is also credited with the music of The Wind in the Willows (2006), a TV movie directed by Rachel Talalay and co-produced by the BBC and CBC.
In 2005, Benoit composed the music for Le Rêve, a show presented at the theatre of the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. In 2008, he composed three pieces to be included in the celebrations surrounding Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Yankee Stadium in New York. That same year, he was asked to write the music for the Glow in the Park Parades created by Six Flags and presented in the United States, New England, and Mexico.
Benoit Jutras holds a master's degree in composition from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and has received two major awards from this institution.