Presentation of the panelists
First Prize winner for Interpretation at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec in Montréal, soprano Chantal Lambert has been pursuing an active career as a singer while directing the Program at the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal since 1990.
“A soprano with superior voice and personality who sings opera, lied and melodies with equal success, blending subtlety and emotion” *, Chantal Lambert took part in sixteen different opera productions at Opéra de Montréal, including: La Belle Hélène (title role), La Voix humaine (Elle), La Veuve Joyeuse (Nadia), La Vie parisienne (Métella), Carmen (Mercedes), La Cenerentola (Tisbe), The Consul (Anna Gomez), etc. With the Orchestre Métropolitain, she participated in numerous series of events (La Boutique fantasque, Concerts Gershwin, Hänsel & Gretel, Concerts de la francophonie, Le Jardin féerique and Un Noël magique). She was also a soloist with the Orchestre Baroque de Montréal in Alcina (Oberto) and The Messiah, as well as in sacred music programs with Bernard Lagacé at the organ.
Moreover, Chantal Lambert, an artist with eclectic likings, has also been giving her Classical Cabaret recital on numerous occasions for the past two years, with pianist Martin Dubé (directed by Marie-Lou Dion) and presented from 1998-2003, a special recital entitled Hommage à Jacques Brel, with guitarist singer André Messier. On five occasions, she was a guest singer at the Gala de l’Excellence de La Presse, which was broadcast by national public television.
She was a regular guest at the CBC radio station, and is the co-author of three lexicons (English, Italian and German) for young opera singers.
She has been invited as guest faculty at the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy consecutively for four years. There, she has been giving master classes on career development and interpretation of French repertoire.
Louise Gareau – Des Bois is a writer whose collections of poems and plays have been broadcast, among other on the television program Premières by Radio-Canada. She has also published many short stories, and was awarded second prize at the International competition of women’s short stories, in Cannes. Furthermore, she has been twice president of the Québec center of international PEN, as well as vice-president of the Society of Canadian Writers – Montreal section.
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.
Originally from the north of Toronto, professional hockey player Jordanna Peroff spent 5 seasons with the Martlets from McGill University (2006-2011). After graduating, she then joined the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) in 2012 with the Toronto Furies, with which she won the Clarkson Cup in 2014. She then spent a year in a professional hockey league in Italy but came back to Canada because of the higher level of playing in North Americal. She currently plays for Les Canadiennes, in Montreal. She will talk about women leadership in professional sports.
Lynda Lalande is an insurance specialists.