Renaud Boucher-Browning is pursuing doctoral studies in Double Bass Performance at McGill University with Ali Yazdanfar, principal bass of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Renaud holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Rice University in Houston, where he studied with Paul Ellison, as well as diplomas in performance and teaching from bass soloist François Rabbath in Paris. During a summer studying in London, Renaud observed bass pedagogue Caroline Emery teach at the Royal College of Music, the Yehudi Menuhin School, and Eton College. Renaud’s participation in the Festival Domaine Forget and the Orford Music Academy in Québec has shaped his ergonomic playing technique and his experiential approach to teaching music.
Renaud appeared as soloist in a concerto by J. B. Vanhal with the Boise Baroque Orchestra in 2014. He has also performed twice in the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in northern Germany, the Orchestra of the Cité Internationale in Paris, and on period instruments in the Youth Orchestra of the Abbey in France. While studying in Houston, Renaud coached bass sectionals and taught bass lessons for the Houston Youth Symphony and served as bass consultant for the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. A graduate of Boise High School, Renaud began studying bass at age 10 with Jack Koncel, then principal bass of the Boise Philharmonic. Renaud swims and practices yoga to maintain his fitness as a musical athlete.