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Francois Boucher

Francois Boucher was born in Montreal, Canada, June 4, 1861.  His family of French descent.  He spent his boyhood in Montreal, and received his education at the city's public and high schools.  He was always passionately devoted to music, and in 1876 went to the Royal Conservatory, Liege, Belgium, where he remained two years studying music and harmonies.

     After that time he returned to Canada, and studied with Jehin Prume.  He was head violin teacher at the Toronto Conservatory of Music for three years, leaving that place to tour with Carreno and Albani.  Mr. Boucher was identified with many of the musical ventures held in the capitals of the various Provinces of Canada, in which his train and experience were given full play.  He was conductor of the great Ottawa Musical Festival given under the patronage of the Marquis of Lorne and Lady Lansdowne, and in a number of other affairs of national significance.

     His local residence dates from 1892, since which time he has devoted himself to teaching the violin.  He is the author of several instrumental compositions that have won high praise from musicians.

      Mr. Boucher was married in 1883 in Ottawa.  His wife was Miss Noel De Tilly.  They have two children, both daughters.
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