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Frédéric Payant is in the Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. He entered the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec a Montréal in the class of Manon Lafrance. Frédéric completed this program with his “Prix avec Grande Distinction a L’Unanimité”. He spent a year at the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK, in the class of Professor James Watson. During this time he started playing Baroque trumpet with Robert Farley. Frédéric further studied with trumpet players such as Vincent Cichowicz, Eric Aubier, Reinhold Friedrich, and David Krauss. While freelancing, Frédéric played with ensembles in Laval, Drummondville, Sherbrooke, Longueuil, and the Grand Ballets Canadiens and played for a season with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.