Born in Trois-Rivières, Pierre Tourville studied the viola in his native city and then at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, where he obtained first prizes for viola and chamber music under the tutelage of Robert Verebes.
The recipient of a Fonds FCAR scholarship in 1997-1998, he continued his studies at Boston’s New England Conservatory with Marcus Thompson. Co-founder of La Chapelle de Montréal in 1995, Pierre Tourville is actively involved with the ensemble as a violist, singer and administrator.
For several years, he was also principal viola with the Orchestre Réseau des Conservatoires, the Orchestre Mondial des Jeunesses Musicales and at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. ln 2002, he obtained a full-time position with the Orchestre Métropolitain, where he is currently assistant principal viola. A member of the Ensemble Allegra, he has also been part of the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal and the Appassionata chamber orchestra. ln addition, he performs regularly with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra in various concerts organized by the city’s Chamber Music Society.
Alongside his orchestra and chamber music activities, Pierre Tourville teaches the viola and prepares choruses. Since 2000, he has been one of the two chorus masters of the Chœur Métropolitain.