An-Laurence Higgins




An-Laurence Higgins is a Montreal-based guitarist working as a soloist and chamber musician in contemporary music. Recent performances include a solo recital for the Ottawa Guitar Society and two premieres of new works for the Class Axe composition workshop run by the Canadian music center. An-Laurence holds a B.Mus in classical performance from the Université de Montréal and is currently pursuing an arts and technology program as a graduate student at the same institution.

An-Laurence is dedicated to contemporary music and regularly collaborates with composers for the creation of new works with electronics, visuals or theatrical elements. She premiered many works for solo guitar or ensemble, some of them written specifically for her, such as Me and the Girls Inside the Boxes for guitar, electronics and videos (Thais Montanari, 2018), Almost Touching for guitar, videos and amplified throat (Kim Farris-Manning, 2019), Berceuse for guitar, rocking chair and found objects (Maxime Daigneault, 2017), or Systems for quintet and electronics (Lieke van der Voort, 2017).

An-Laurence has been selected to participate among others at the Toronto Creative Lab (2016 and 2017), the Tenor performers’ lab (2018), the Waterloo Region Contemporary Sessions (2017) and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute as a lutenist. In 2018, she was chosen to mentor a composer as part of the Class Axe composition workshop by the Canadian Music Center. Active in her community, An-Laurence is an organizer for the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab since 2017.

In Summer 2019, An-Laurence will present Émergences (f. pl.), a concert project she directed and produced consisting of five new works for flute (Sara Constant) and guitar (herself) commissioned exclusively to women composers in Canada. The concert will be presented in Montreal (July 31) and Toronto (August 2nd).

Performances for the 2019-2020 season include the creation of two multimedia/theatric works for ensemble in Montreal supported by Code d’accès as well as a solo performance at the 21C guitar festival in Ottawa.