Marie-Hélène Breault holds a Prix avec grande distinction in flute and chamber music and a Diplôme d’études supérieures musicales II from the Conservatoire de musique du Québec. She also holds an Artist Diploma from Yale University and has completed two doctorates at Université de Montréal: one in music performance, devoted to works for flute taken from Karlheinz Stockhausen’s opera Samstag aus Licht, and another in musicology, devoted to the role of the interpreter-researcher in musical creation and re-creation. A postdoctoral fellowship allowed her to pursue research on collaborative and multidisciplinary creation at Concordia University’s Matralab laboratory.

Breault’s academic career is punctuated by around thirty scholarships and prizes. She has received doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships from the FRQ-SC, in addition to being awarded the ACFAS Student-Researcher Award and receiving from Karlheinz Stockhausen a first prize for her performance of Kathinkas Gesang at the Stockhausen-Kurse in Kürten. Her research work has also led her to present lectures in Quebec and abroad and to publish papers in journals and collective works devoted to music and the performing arts.

Her main flute teachers were Lise Daoust, Jean C. Morin, and Ransom Wilson. Her doctoral studies were directed by Michel Duchesneau and Caroline Traube, and her postdoctoral fellowship was supervised by Sandeep Bhagwati. She has also benefited from the teachings of Raymond Guiot, Alain Marion, Emmanuel Pahud, Philippe Bernold, Kathinka Pasveer, and Grégoire Jeay at summer schools or in professional development interships.