Performing Artists

Festival 2017

 

Katarzyna Musical for website

Katarzyna Musial

www.pianist.pl

Polish-Canadian pianist Katarzyna Musial, regarded as a major talent, blessed with an astounding technique and an interpretive panache by Chicago Classical Review, has performed as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Her playing has been described by New York Concert Review as a pure delight… wonderfully evocative… vividly detailed. Her interpretations plumbed emotional depths with harmonic coloring. Ms. Musial has been characterized by the Beijing Press as a pianist who has entranced her audience with her brilliant musical skills. Conductor of the New York Camerata, Richard Owen, considers her one of the finest pianists I’ve ever had the privilege of hearing.

In addition to having won First Prize at the 2011 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (New York), Ms. Musial was also a prize winner at the Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music (Cracow), the Kay Meek Competition (Vancouver), as well as a recipient of the Alban Berg Prize for outstanding merit (Vienna) and the Philip Cohen Award for outstanding performance musicianship (Montreal).

Recent highlights include a Carnegie Hall debut, performances at the Vancouver Olympic Games, International Beethoven Festival (Chicago), Tempietto Festival Musicale della Nazioni (Rome) and Music in the Mountains Festival (California). Other major engagements have included a seven-city tour of China in spring 2013, as well as concerto performances with the New York Camerata, Chicago Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Orchestre Symphonique de L’Isle, McGill Chamber Orchestra and Bielsko Chamber Orchestra, with which she opened the International Bach Festival (Poland). Her new CD, Come Dance with Me, recorded by Meridian Records has received rave reviews and has been played on over 100 radio stations; including the BBC (UK), CBC (Canada), WQXR, WFMT (USA) to name a few. The album was selected “CD of the Week” on WGBH in Boston and “Download of the Week” on KDFC in San Francisco.

Ms. Musial holds a Masters degree with high honours from the Academy of Music in Cracow under Professor Stefan Wojtas, as well as an Artist Diploma from the Vancouver Academy of Music under Professor Lee Kum-Sing and a Diploma in Advanced Music Performance Studies from Montreal’s Concordia University under Professor Anna Szpilberg and Philip Cohen who remains as her mentor. She also completed an Artistic residency at the prestigious Banff Centre.

 

Duo Similia site webDuo Similia

www.similia.ca

This appropriately named duo, comprised of twins, Nadia (flute) and Annie Labrie (guitar), created Similia in 1998.  Their musical studies began at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Rimouski, where they earned their diplomas with high honours. After earning her Masters Degree from Université de Montréal, Nadia perfected her art with eminent musicians such as Patrick Gallois, Geneviève Amar and Emmanuel Pahud. She has been featured as soloist with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de l’Estuaire, and has toured North America, Europe and Asia as a member of the Orchestre Mondial des Jeunesses Musicales. In this role, she has worked with world-famous soloists including Anne-Sophie Mutter and James Ehnes, and conductors Kurt Masur, Yoav Talmi and Franz-Paul Decker. Nadia has received grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and FCAR fund. She was awarded the “Governor General’s Academic Medal” recognizing her outstanding performance as a college student.

Annie completed her Masters Degree in Music Interpretation (guitar) at Université Laval under Alvaro Pierri, and is also a grant recipient from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. She furthered her studies with renowned masters Abel Carlevaro, Roberto Aussel, Hubert Käppel, while polishing her skills as a chamber musician with Patrick Gallois. 2001 marked her debut as a soloist with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, conducted by André Moisan. Annie has published numerous arrangements for flute and guitar while also managing the careers of Similia.

Both young musicians have received grants from the Fondation Beaulieu-Langis. They were presented with an ‘Emerging Citizen’ award from the Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec and the president of Quebec’s Canada Celebrations Committee.

 

MaryBeth_13 - Version 2Mary-Elizabeth Brown

www.maryelizabethbrown.com

Violinist Mary-Elizabeth Brown holds degrees from the University of Toronto and the Université de Montréal where she received the Prix d’Excellence en Interprétation in 2006. Praised for her “ability to unfold bittersweet magic” (Rhein Main Presse) and her “perfect command of her instrument” (Florsheim Zeitung), she enjoys a busy schedule as a chamber musician, recitalist and concertmaster. She has toured as a soloist in Europe, Asia, North and South America, and has appeared with distinguished colleagues at the Festival Campos do Jordao (Brazil), Mozarteum Uruguay, The White House (USA), the Aldeburgh Festival (UK), Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, and the Banff Summer Arts Festival (Canada).

Recently appointed concertmaster of the McGill Chamber Orchestra, Mary-Elizabeth is in demand as an orchestral leader and has led orchestras under the guidance of noted conductors Lorin Maazel, Krzysztof Penderecki, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Helmuth Rilling and Placido Domingo. She served as concertmaster of YOA Orchestra of the Americas from 2006-2008, led the Britten-Pears Orchestra (at the Aldeburgh Festival) from 2007-2009, and has been concertmaster of the highly acclaimed chamber orchestra Sinfonia Toronto since 2007.

Following parallel paths as a performer and pedagogue, Mary-Elizabeth is a sought-after teacher, clinician, adjudicator and speaker. She has facilitated workshops in the Aldeburgh Young Musicians Program and the Neojiba Project (Brasil), led the 2008 Sembrando Talentos project in Montevideo, played an crucial role in the development of the El Sistema program in London, Canada and designed the most recent string curriculum for the Bahamas Music Conservatory in Nassau. She has been a clinician for numerous public and high school string retreats and workshops in Canada and abroad. Her initiative, Strings Around The World, renders music education and teacher training accessible to violinists worldwide and facilitates yearly outreach projects in developing countries.

 

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Festival 2016

Katarzyna Musial

www.pianist.pl

Polish-Canadian pianist Katarzyna Musial, regarded as a major talent, blessed with an astounding technique and an interpretive panache by Chicago Classical Review, has performed as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Her playing has been described by New York Concert Review as a pure delight… wonderfully evocative… vividly detailed. Her interpretations plumbed emotional depths with harmonic coloring. Ms. Musial has been characterized by the Beijing Press as a pianist who has entranced her audience with her brilliant musical skills. Conductor of the New York Camerata, Richard Owen, considers her one of the finest pianists I’ve ever had the privilege of hearing.

In addition to having won First Prize at the 2011 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (New York), Ms. Musial was also a prize winner at the Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music (Cracow), the Kay Meek Competition (Vancouver), as well as a recipient of the Alban Berg Prize for outstanding merit (Vienna) and the Philip Cohen Award for outstanding performance musicianship (Montreal).

Recent highlights include a Carnegie Hall debut, performances at the Vancouver Olympic Games, International Beethoven Festival (Chicago), Tempietto Festival Musicale della Nazioni (Rome) and Music in the Mountains Festival (California). Other major engagements have included a seven-city tour of China in spring 2013, as well as concerto performances with the New York Camerata, Chicago Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Orchestre Symphonique de L’Isle, McGill Chamber Orchestra and Bielsko Chamber Orchestra, with which she opened the International Bach Festival (Poland). Her new CD, Come Dance with Me, recorded by Meridian Records has received rave reviews and has been played on over 100 radio stations; including the BBC (UK), CBC (Canada), WQXR, WFMT (USA) to name a few. The album was selected “CD of the Week” on WGBH in Boston and “Download of the Week” on KDFC in San Francisco.

Ms. Musial holds a Masters degree with high honours from the Academy of Music in Cracow under Professor Stefan Wojtas, as well as an Artist Diploma from the Vancouver Academy of Music under Professor Lee Kum-Sing and a Diploma in Advanced Music Performance Studies from Montreal’s Concordia University under Professor Anna Szpilberg and Philip Cohen who remains as her mentor. She also completed an Artistic residency at the prestigious Banff Centre.

Katelyn Clark

www.katelynclark.com

Canadian harpsichordist Katelyn Clark specializes in the performance of historical repertoire and experimental music on early keyboard instruments. As a soloist and ensemble musician, she has performed in Europe, the USA, and Canada, and has appeared at such diverse festivals as the Vancouver New Music Festival, Festival Montréal Baroque, and Festival Medièval d’Elx.

An active performer and commissioner of new works for harpsichord and other early keyboards, Katelyn has premiered over 100 solo and chamber works, including recent compositions by Linda Catlin Smith, Tawnie Olson, and Anna Pidgorna. She is a founding member of the ensemble musica fantasia, which specializes in Medieval repertoire from Italy and France.

Katelyn’s work as a scholar focuses on the London Pianoforte School and the careers of late Enlightenment musicians. Her work on pianist-composer Theresa Jansen is published in HAYDN, and she has presented research on John Field at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Katelyn studied with many of Canada’s early music pedagogues and completed a master’s degree in harpsichord and basso continuo with Bob van Asperen at the Amsterdam Conservatory in The Netherlands. While in Amsterdam, she learned contemporary harpsichord repertoire with the late Annelie de Man. Katelyn also studied with Christophe Rousset at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, holds a master of music from the University of Victoria, and a doctorate in performance from McGill University, advised by Hank Knox and Tom Beghin.

Katelyn has been an artist in residence at the Banff Centre, NES in Iceland, Artscape on Toronto Island, and was a fellow at OMI in the USA. Her artistic study and practice have been generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, The BC Arts Council, Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, The Banff Centre, and the Early Music Society of the Islands. Katelyn lives in Montréal, Québec.

Véronique Lussier

www.veroniquelussier.com

Véronique Lussier is a doctoral student in conducting at the University of Montreal under the supervision of Jean-François Rivest and Paolo Bellomia. She holds a Master in orchestra conducting (UofM) and a second master’s degree in choral conducting at the University of Sherbrooke with Robert Ingari. Notably, in her master concerts, she ensures the recruitment and the complete management of 40 singers and 60 musicians respectively.

She has been granted of a scholarship from Perras, Cholette & Cholette, also from the International House and the Fund “Friends of Art” at the University of Montreal.

She has conducted under the guidance of masters such as Johannes Schlaefli and James Lowe with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria), Kirk Trevor, Tomas Netopil and Donald Schleicher with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic) and Lawrence Golan with Boulder Chamber Orchestra (USA).

Following her college education at the Vincent d’Indy School of Music, Véronique holds a music education Bachelor, piano as the main instrument with Mr. Pierre Jasmin, and a graduate in music pedagogy at the University of Quebec in Montréal.

For ten years Véronique teaches to more than a thousand high school students a classical piano program and choral singing. In this sparkling talent evolving environment, she builds multiple internal and external projects with many stakeholders. She has demonstrated her ability to boost school musical life and to encourage the sharing of ideas, fostering teamwork and maintaining a constant level of motivation.

Her current PhD project focuses on the development of public audience for the symphony music in a targeted area. To do this, she offers a series of three concerts with the aim of promoting and disseminating classical music and various directories. With the DPMQ collaboration, a survey is conducted with the audience of each concert in order to measure the impact of her project. Recently, her first concert has been so successful that she has been classified in order to receive the Order of Merit of a city in the region. This high honor rewards citizens for their outstanding commitment to the community, dedication and accomplishments.

Véronique is passionate, energetic, creative and highly organized person that emphasizes partnership in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect. Convinced of the power of music and its positive influence, and more, loving challenges, she envisions a future of innovative projects for the spread of music in all spheres of society.

Lori Antounian

www.loriantounian.com

Lori Antounian, Orchestra Conductor and Choir Director, begins her musical journey with piano and voice, at a very young age. Born and raised in a musicians’ family, Lori Antounian found her vocation in the same path. She graduated in music, voice and classical piano from Vanier College. She continued her studies in classical piano and choir direction at Concordia University, where she obtained her Bachelor “with distinction”. During her studies, she received two scholarships, The Garnet Menger Scholarship and The Robert Ball Memorial Scholarship. Lori Antounian was the student of many local greats such as Gregory Chaverdian for piano, Maestro Christopher Jackson for choir conducting and Maestros Jean-François Rivest and Raffi Armenian for Orchestral conducting. Lori Antounian has obtained her Orchestral Conducting degree from the Montreal Music Conservatory, under the supervision of Maestro Raffi Armenian. She is presently completing her Doctoral Conducting degree at the University of Montreal under the supervision of Maestro Jean-François Rivest and Maestro Paolo Bellomia.

In May 2009, Lori Antounian founded her own orchestra, the IMPERIAL ORCHESTRA and has performed many concerts in Montreal and its surroundings. In addition, she has conducted Sinfonia Toronto, the Argentina National Symphonic Orchestra, the Cordoba Metropolitan Orchestra, the Montreal Conservatory Symphonic Orchestra, the University of Montreal Symphonic Orchestra and the Accademia Vivaldiana with which she was selected to participate and conduct the London Conducting Workshop held in Venice in 2014. Since early 2015, Lori Antounian conducts the KNAR Hamazkayin Choir of Montreal.

Lori Antounian has a broad repertoire encompassing classical, contemporary and folkloric music through symphonic and chamber orchestras and choirs.

Nadège Frances Foofat

www.nadegefrancesfoofat.com

Nadège Foofat was born in Calgary, Alberta Canada and holds triple nationality between Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. From 2009-2014 she was Founder and Music Director of the Esopus Chamber Orchestra, a twenty-five member award-winning professional chamber orchestra based in New York. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at the Université de Montréal.

Nadège’s recent accomplishments include conducting the Orchestre de l’Université de Montreal, Ensemble 900 in Switzerland, the Lithuania State Orchestra, and serving as the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris Assistant Conductor to John Nelson and as Associate Conductor for the 2015 Grammy nominated UMS/ Naxos recording of Milhaud’s trilogy, the Oresteia of Aeschylus.

Nadège’s vocal conducting work has included being Music Director of two children’s choirs, and guest conducting the group Kairos: A Consort of Singers. She has composed and arranged music for both classical and contemporary orchestral commissions, most recently for the acclaimed American singer, Natalie Merchant. In 2016 she will be working on producing a new work for ballet as well as a new multi-arts interactive project.

Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal

www.musique.umontreal.ca

Direction : Jean-François Rivest
Since its inception in 1993, under the direction of chef Jean -François Rivest , the Orchestra of the University of Montreal ( OUM ) has sparked deep enthusiasm.

The orchestra immediately attracted Montrealers attention through the passion of its leader and his musicians who helped give a unique character to each concert .

The talent, energy and freshness of this ensemble of more than 80 musicians dazzle with professionalism. The artistic season is not only an opportunity for students to become familiar with the realities of working life and to attend a varied symphonic repertoire , but also experience moments of grace during which technical and musicality are united.

Festival 2015

Dina Gilbert

www.osm.ca

Recognized for her energy, her precision and her versatility, Dina Gilbert brings great passion to bear on the orchestral repertoire as a whole while reserving a special place for musical creation. A native of Québec’s Beauce region, she was appointed assistant conductor at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal in April 2013, where her role is to assist Kent Nagano at rehearsals, concerts and recordings.

In addition to conducting rehearsals of the works by Mahler, Vivier, Ravel, Chin and Hefti presented during the Orchestra’s European tour in March 2014, she also took part in the Orchestra’s Asian tour this past fall. She recently conducted the concert program “Amor” which presented pieces from Ravel, Falla, Rodrigo and Clermont Pépin. Moreover, Ms. Gilbert conducts the OSM during concerts for children.

Dina Gilbert is the founder and artistic director of Ensemble Arkea, a Montreal-based chamber orchestra that presents innovative interpretations of orchestral music. In 2012 she made her debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. That same year she was assistant conductor of the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and the Kawartha Youth Orchestra. Overseas she has conducted the Mihail Jora Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania), the Estonian National Youth Orchestra and the Pärnu City Orchestra. She has collaborated many times with young Canadian composers, premiering over thirty works.

The holder of a bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance and a master’s in conducting, Dina Gilbert also earned a doctorate from the Université de Montréal, where she studied under Jean-François Rivest and Paolo Bellomia. She polished her skills in masterclasses with Lorraine Vaillancourt, Kenneth Kiesler, Leonid Grin, Peter Eötvös, Johannes Schlaefli, Pinchas Zukerman and Neeme Järvi. During her doctoral studies she obtained a grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture. The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Fondation Père-Lindsayhave also supported her during her young career.

Ensemble Arkea

www.ensemblearkea.com

The Arkea Ensemble is a Montreal chamber orchestra with the aim of sharing the masterpieces of yesterday and tomorrow with audiences of all backgrounds. Under the direction of conductor Dina Gilbert, this dynamic orchestra proposes innovative interpretations of orchestral repertoires while unveiling original creations and the talent of Canadian composers.

Krystina Marcoux

www.krystinamarcoux.com

Flamboyant and energetic, Krystina Marcoux is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the most up and coming young Canadian percussionist for her particular interest in interdisciplinary works and her aspiration in commissioning new works. She is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma, specializing in instrumental theatre, under the guidance of internationally renowned percussionist Jean Geoffroy at the prestigious Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon, France.

She has toured extensively with Bam Percussion, an ensemble that combines the arts of miming, humour and music, presenting a unique, speechless show. She is also a founding member of the peculiar ensemble BIK, a trio formed of cello, violin and percussion dedicated to the creation of new instrumental theatre works.

In 2012, she won First Prize at the OSM Standard Life competition where critics mentioned her as an exceptionally promising young artist that has a unique contact and relationship with her audience. While a Master’s student at McGill University, under the guidance of Aiyun Huang and Fabrice Marandola, she played as a soloist with the McGill Symphony Orchestra. She was featured in Bradywork’s 2013-2014 season at the Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, presenting a recital of mainly commissions.

Her interest and determination for the creation of new works is a main aspect of her artistic contribution, as she is currently preparing four new shows, two of which will be presented with the BIK ensemble, to whom the prestigious Banff Centre offered a residency to create the show Mélange à trois by Luna Pearl Woolf. Other shows will present percussion, dance, mime and cello, always in unconventional settings wished to bring the audience through an emotional journey filled with surprises.

4ailes Quartet

www.4ailes.com

4 Ailes is a string quartet composed of four young dynamic musicians with a strong classical training. There complicity, large repertoire and sensitive style of interpretation are the strongest assets. There determination and versatility will lead them to a prolific and varied professional career.

Shonna Angers. At the age of five, Shonna began her artistic journey performing piano and ballet during twelve years before devoting herself to violin studies. In 2003, she enters the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal under the tutelage of Anne Robert. Until 2009, she studied with Jacques Israelievitch, international soloist and professor at the University of Toronto, and with David Stewart, a professor at the University of Ottawa. In Quebec, Shonna plays regularly on the popular and classical music scenes as a violinist and chamber musician. Involved as a teacher for some 10 years, she is the musical director of the Camp musical de l’Estrie. In parallel to her musical career, violinist Shonna Angers is pursuing a Bachelor of interpretation with Frédéric Lambert and studies Art History at the University of Quebec in Montreal.

Edith Fitzgerald. Edith studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Trois-Rivières for a decade with Johanne Pothier. Several time winner of the Sillery Music Competition, she also won an award at the Canadian Music Competition as well as the privilege to perform with the Quebec Symphonic Orchestra. While completing a Master’s degree in occupational therapy, she pursued lessons with Catherine Bolduc from I Musici Montreal and Uliana Drugova, an acclaimed graduate doctorate in violin performance. Edith fulfills her career working with children as an occupational therapist and works actively on the Montreal and Mauricie music scene as a chamber musician and a pedagog.

Sarah Martineau. Sarah studied alto since the beginning of her musical training. She received the tutelage of Ms. Jocelyne Bastien at the Trois-Rivières Music Conservatory and completed her Bachelor of Music Performance at the Montreal Music Conservatory in 2010. She had the opportunity to receive lessons with Heidi Castlement from the renowned Julliard School, with David Holland from Manhattan and with Master Roberto Diaz, violist and directorof the Curtis Institute of Music. Sarah completed her Masters in Music Performance with Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillott at the University of Montreal in May 2013. Sarah is active as a chamber musician in the Montreal area as with the string ensemble ARKEA under the direction of Dina Gilbert. Since 2011, she is a member of “La Pieta” under the direction of violinist Angèle Dubeau.

Camille Paquette-Roy. Having shown an interest and talent for music at a very early age, cellist Camille Paquette-Roy was admitted to the Music Conservatory of Trois-Rivières in 1999, where she studied under Jean-Christophe Guelpa for ten years. In 2009, she graduated from the Conservatory of Trois-Rivières with a Diplôme d’Études Supérieures. In the same year, she began her Master’s degree at McGill University under Brian Manker, which she completed in 2011. A versatile artist, Paquette-Roy works frequently with a variety of ensembles including Quatuor Onslow, Recordare (finalist EMA: Naxos recording competition), the emerging baroque opera company Compagnie Baroque Mont-Royal, and Le Concert de Montréal, an ensemble dedicated to performing and teaching early music in Thailand. In addition to her activities in the Classical and baroque realms, Paquette-Roy is an active performer in Montréal’s pop music scene.