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.
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.
The Honourable Anne-Marie Trahan – Honorary Ambassador of the Festival
After completing law studies from the Université de Montréal in 1967, the Honourable Anne-Marie Trahan embarked on a brilliant career spanning ver 40 years.
Mrs. Trahan practiced law in Montreal with the law firm now known as Lavery, from 1968 to 1979. That year, she became a legal officer in the International Trade Law Branch of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations, based in Vienna. Named a Commissioner of the Canadian Transport Commission in 1981, she was appointed Associate Deputy Minister, Civil Law and Legislative Services, in the federal Justice Department in 1986, a position she held until 1994. She was the first woman to occupy this position. From July 5, 1994 to July 30, 2010, she was a judge of the Quebec Superior Court.
She is now devoting her time to non for profit organizations. She was among other activities the President of the Société d’art vocal de Montréal.
Edith Hitt has over 9 years of experience in management consulting with a specialization in business transformation, restructuring and turnaround management.
She is an active member of her community and sits in various boards for not for profit organizations. In 2014 she followed a certification on governance of not for profit organizations offered by Laval University and the Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec.
Edith is a certified public accountant and an independent consultant for Chappuis Halder & Co. where she leads multidisciplinary teams in the risk and finance practice for the financial services industry. Prior to working as an independent consultant she was a Manager II in the restructuring practice of EY.
Aline joined Stella Musica as Director in 2015 to contribute to a new initiative showcasing female musicians, composers and conductors. Aline currently works in the financial sector and has extensive knowledge on financial instruments and the insurance industry. She holds a degree in Mathematics from McGill University. In addition to her interests in the maths and finance, Aline also has a great interest in the fine arts. By contributing to Stella Musica, she endeavours to encourage female talent within the rich cultural scene present in Montreal.
One of her favorite classical music compositions is Phantasy String Quartet composed by Imogen Holst.