Awarded first prize in tuba and chamber music at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, Alain Cazes pursued his studies in the United States with Joseph Novotny, Donald Harry, and Ronald Bishop.
In Brazil, he was Principal Tuba with the Paraïba State Orchestra, member of the Brass-IL Quintet, and professor at the Federal University of Paraïba (UFPB). He has taught at the Université du Québec in Montreal, the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and the Université de Montréal, where he was in charge of Wind orchestras, brass department, teaching tuba, chamber music and conducting. A frequent soloist, he has performed the radio "première" of several Canadian works for tuba and also lectures on orchestra conducting and brass pedagogy. He adjudicates regularly at several Music Festivals and Competitions. He teaches during summer at the Orford Art Center and the Simposio Internazionale d’Ottoni in Ascoli, Italy. Principal Tuba with the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal, he has also performed with the Montreal Symphony and other orchestras in the world under the direction of conductors such as; Mehta, Nézet-Séguin, Dutoit, Decker, Baudo, Foster, Kmura, Muller, Toppilow, Grossmann, Zukerman, Veltri, and many others. He is also co-director of the Orchestre Métropolitain Choir and Musical Director of the Montreal Pop Orchestra. He has also conducted the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Orchestre Symphonique de Drumondville.
Alain Cazes, a founding member of the Philharmonie des vents du Québec. As a full-time Professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, he conducts the Wind Symphony, teaches conducting and chamber music. He has written numerous arrangements for a variety of instrumental ensembles published by GAM. He has also written numerous arrangements for wind orchestra and mixed choir. He is Vice-President of CIME music.
Working with conductors of any level, with or without an ensemble. Conducting technique and communication
Conducting Honor Band, or adjudication of performance