By training, Tristan is a film composer and trumpet player. He is an expert in Pro Tools, Logic, and many of the popular virtual instrument libraries, such as Native Instruments, Spitfire, VSL, and more.
His music has been heard at film festivals all over Canada and the world, including the NYC Doc festival, Dok Leipzig, Monstra Animation Festival, the Animpact Animation Festival, WorldFest Houston, and more! His scores have helped films gain international recognition with awards like the Gold Remi for Best Comedic Feature (WorldFest Houston), Best Short Short (Bradford Animation Festival, UK), and a special mention at the prestigious Ottawa International Animation Festival.
Drawing inspiration from his background as a trumpet player in orchestras, jazz bands, and funk bands, Tristan uses these experiences to his advantage. His styles range from orchestral to jazz and from 8-bit to bluegrass. His approach to scoring follows a simple rule of “responding” to the picture rather “explaining” it. In this manner he finds the right balance of supporting the scene without being melodramatic or cliché.
Tristan holds a Masters of Music from the University of Montreal in Composition where he studied with acclaimed composer Ana Sokolović and industry veteran Pierre-Daniel Rheault. He now teaches film music composition at the University of Montreal as part of its new International Masters Programme.