Dessaints has been a guest conductor with several Canadian orchestras, including the one heard on the CBC Talent Festival, and has frequently conducted the CBC Quebec Chamber Orchestra and the MSO. In 1977 and 1978 he was music director of the summer concerts for the city of Montreal. In 1977 he made a tour of Tunisia, where he conducted André Mathieu's Concerto No. 3 for piano, with André-Sébastien Savoie as soloist. He has recorded several works as conductor of various ensembles: with a CBC instrumental ensemble and chorus, the narrator Albert Millaire, and the organist Pierre Grandmaison he recorded Antoine Reboulot's O Crux Ave in 1979 (RCI 523); with a string ensemble and various soloists he recorded works by François Dompierre at the Domaine Forget in St-Irénée, Que, in 1982 (LP Domaine Forget, Opus 1, Lindof 1-001); with the Ensemble Amati, which he founded in 1985 under the name Ensemble de chambre des Laurentides, he has made two recordings for the SNE - SNE-536 with the trombonist Alain Trudel, and SNE-544-CD with the violinists Johanne Arel, Marie-Josée Arpin, and Élaine Marcil -, and one for Analekta comprising Rossini's six string sonatas (AN-29501-CD).
Author Suzanne Thomas