Félix Frédéric Baril developed an interest in musical composition early on, encouraged by an artistic family.
Baril studied composition with Michel Longtin at the Université de Montréal and then with Denys Bouliane at McGill University for his master's and doctor's degrees in composition.
In 2001, Baril became the first Quebecer to win the William Schuman Prize at the BMI Student Composer Awards in New York with his Symphonie Spectrale. He then won a number of prizes and bursaries, including the Université de Montréal’s composition competition (2001) and the Hugh le Caine (2003), Sir Ernest MacMillan (2005) and Serge-Garant (2007) prizes of the SOCAN foundation. He received a CIRMMT award in 2011 for his research on the audio representations of psychological states. His Master's thesis, which addresses the possibilities of organic development of musical material, was chosen for the Dean’s Honour List. His doctoral studies have been supported by a FRQSC scholarship.
Baril took part in a number of internships, including "Les classiques de demain" at the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), "Voix Nouvelles" at the Royaumont Fondation (France) and the "Rencontres de musique nouvelle" at Domaine Forget (Saint-Irénée, Quebec), where he received an award of excellence.
His works have been performed by the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Nouvel ensemble moderne, the Orchestre Symphonique de l’Université de Montréal, the Ensemble Cairn, the Orchestre de la francophonie and Brigitte Poulain, among others. Baril was the composer in residence for the McGill Symphony Orchestra for 2007-08. His approach to composition is based mainly on the “organic” nature of musical materials, mnemonics and acoustical perception.
Baril was Assistant Artistic Director for the 2009 and 2010 editions of the MusiMarch festival. He is since 2011 Assistant Director for the visual production of Lanaudière International Festival and work as Research Assistant for Stephen McAdams on the Orchestration and Perception Project.
Baril is Co-developer with Denys Bouliane of OrchPlay and the OrchPlay Music Library.