Christianne Bélanger won First Prize at the 2013 Concours International de Chant Lyrique de Canari (Corsica) and she is a 2013 laureate for the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques. She won twice the Opera New Brunswick Young Artist Award. She is a grant recipient from the New-Brunswick Arts Board and the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec. www.christiannebelanger.com
With unparalleled technical, musical and communication skills, Marika Bournaki is at once, a world class performer, outstanding pianist, vivacious young woman... and the freshest face on the classical music scene. Marika's innovative approach to her art and performance is reflected in her recent collaboration, "Let's Play", with cutting-edge and world-renowned multimedia creative shop, Moment Factory. Her role as Ambassador to the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal's summer event, "A Cool Classical Journey" was an exceptional opportunity to explore new and exciting ways to share her music with the public. Marika not only brings distinctive interpretations to favourite standards, she also extends her passion for music by commissioning works by younger composers and collaborating with artists from various fields. Last Spring she participated at an International Piano Academy with legendary Martha Argerich at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance. www.marikabournaki.com
Praised for having "a magnificent personality, a superb energy, a total command and an extremely convincing taste" (La Libre Belgique), young Italian violinist Markus Placci is enjoying a growing international reputation that has already brought him solo appearances throughout Europe and the United States in renowned venues such as the Great Philharmonic Hall (Shostakovich Hall) and the Glinka Philarmonic Hall in St. Petersburg (Russia), the Kursaal in Baden-Baden, the Teatro Monumental in Madrid, the Auditori in Barcelona, the Teatro Comunale and Mozart Hall in Bologna, the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, the Kennedy Center in Washington, Sanders Theater in Boston, and the Richardson Auditorium in Princeton.
Kristina Kuusisto and Roger Eon, two musicians that enjoyed a classical music schooling background at the Academy Sebelius of Helsinki and National Conservatory of Music of Aubervilliers-La Courneuve, are no strangers to the international music scene, having played in destinations as Brazil, Austria, Romania, France, Finland, Czech Republic, Denmark, to name a few.
Their music is a blend between classical and world music. Their poignant and evocative compositions showcase the extraordinary bond that unifies these two talented musicians. Duo Silb will present an Argentinian Music Workshop on Saturday afternoon, September 9, 2017.
Dancer, choreographer, music director, conductor... to say Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière is a multi-disciplinary artist is understatement! For more than 15 years she directed, choreographed or danced with groups in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. She has created shows for Festival Montréal Baroque, staged works for Toronto Masque Theatre, Mozart a Milano and Fairy Queen, and has received Prix Opus nominations for best show of the year. She has directed numerous operas including L'Elisir d'amore and Tales of Hoffman (Youth & Music Canada); Carmen (Opera Theatre Rimouski); Dido & Aeneas (Apollo's Fire); La Belle Danse and Rameau's Pygmalion (Le Nouvel Opera). She is a professor of gesture and Baroque dance at Montreal University, an associate partner with Toronto Masque Theatre, co-artistic director of le Nouvel Opra and Artistic Director of Les Jardins Chorégraphiques.
Regaled by the New York Times as a "powerhouse mezzo soprano" Daniela Barcellona garners constant acclaim for her "nobility of declamation, richly focused contralto sound and expressive physicality" (Opera News). In the 2016-17 season, sings her first performances of Samson et Dalila at the Teatro regio di Torino in addition to returning to title role of Tancredi at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Arsace in Semiramide at the Bayerische Staatsoper and at the BBC Proms, and Dame Quickly in Falstaff, also at the Bayerische Staatsoper. She also sings Verdi's Requiem at the Bolshoi Theater. Last season, she returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Opéra national de Paris and Teatro San Carlo di Napoli as Amneris in Aida, ABAO Bilbao for Eboli in Don Carlos, Chicago Symphony Orchestra as Dame Quickly in Falstaff, and the Metropolitan Opera to reprise her acclaimed portrayal of Malcom Graeme in La donna del lago. She also sang her first performances of La principessa de Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur at La Monnaie and Nelly in Adelson e Salvini at the Barbican. This fall she's coming to the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance to direct our Rossini Opera Academy.
Alessandro Vitiello has had the pleasure of collaborating with some of the most celebrated and internationally acclaimed opera singers, such as Mariella Devia, Jose Bros, Barbara Frittoli, Daniela Barcellona, Juan Diego Florez and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, just to name a few. He has had a brilliant carreer that has brought to the most prestigious recital halls of the world, such as the Gasteig in Munich, Il Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Auditorio de Tenerife, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moskow, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, amongst many others.
This year he will be joining Daniela Barcellona for the Rossini Opera Academy production of "Tancredi" at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance.
Michel Angers is a theorbist, lutenist and guitarist. After getting his master degree from Laval University in Québec, he has been awarded highest distinction from Quebec Music Conservatory. In 2005, Michel Angers won the Canadian Music Competition in the classical guitar category. Granted by many cultural organizations he has been a scholar of Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute (Lucas Harris) and Early Music America which gave him the opportunity to attend the Accademia d'Amore in Seattle to study under Stephen Stubbs' direction. In 2011, Michel Angers won the Award to the artistic creation presented by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec. Twice a grant holder of the Marco Fodella Foundation, Michel Angers specialized in early music under Paul Beier, at the International Academy of Music in Milan.
Michel Angers plays in numerous artistic projects for various ensembles as a continuo player (Tafelmusik, Les Violons du Roy, Les Idees Heureuses, Da Sonar & Ensemble Anonymus) and as a soloist in America and Europe. He is a recording artist for famous Italian label Stradivarius. www.michelangers.ca
The Dover Quartet's rise from being an up-and-coming young ensemble to occupying a spot at the top of their field has been "practically meteoric" (Strings). Catapulted to prominence after sweeping the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the group has become a major presence on the international scene. With its burnished warmth, incisive rhythms, and natural phrasing, the Quartet's distinctive sound has helped confirm its status as "the young American string quartet of the moment" (New Yorker). Named as Cleveland Quartet Award winner for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, the group was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant in March 2017. www.doverquartet.com
Julian Schwarz was born to a multigenerational musical family in 1991. Heralded from a young age as a cellist destined to rank among the greatest of the 21st century, Julian's powerful tone, effortless virtuosity, and extraordinarily large colour palate are hallmarks of his style.
In 2013 Mr Schwarz won 1st prize in the professional cello division of the Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong, and in 2016 won 1st prize at the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition's "The Art of Duo" with Canadian pianist Marika Bournaki. www.julianschwarz.com
Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer and arranger, is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. Currently based in Seattle, Washington, he has throughout his career been closely affiliated with the Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal. He was an integral part of Pascoal's group from 1977 to 1992, where he fine-tuned his artistry, performing around the world and co-producing several legendary records.
Montreal-based saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen was born in Sechelt, British Columbia, in 1970. She grew up in Nanaimo among some of Canada's finest musicians, including Phil Dwyer, Diana Krall, David Gogo, and her sister Ingrid. After relocating to Montreal, she received Bachelor and Masters degrees from McGill University. She has studied with Pat LaBarbera, Kenny Werner, Jim McNeely, Remi Bolduc, Dick Oatts and Steve Wilson.
Brazilian percussionist and educator Rogério Boccato plays in projects led by some of today’s leading jazz players, among them Maria Schneider, John Patitucci, Fred Hersch, Danilo Perez, Ben Allison, Kevin Hays, among many others. He has also collaborated with top-ranking Brazilian artists, such as Toninho Horta, Dori Caymmi, Moacir Santos, and Vinicius Cantuária.
He is featured on Grammy-award winning album “The Thompson Fields“, with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, and also on two Grammy-nominated ones: Kenny Garrett’s “Beyond The Wall” and John Patitucci‘s release “Remembrance“, alongside Joe Lovano and Brian Blade.
As a longtime member of the “Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo”, Brazilian percussionist Rogério Boccato has played with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Milton Nascimento, Egberto Gismonti, João Bosco, Joe Zawinul, among many others.
Rogério Boccato has been a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music and of the Percussion department of The Hartt School (University of Hartford) teaching Brazilian Music and Ritmica.
Sandeep Das is considered one of the leading Tabla exponents in the world today. His collaboration with the Silk Road Ensemble for "Sing me Home" won the Grammy Award for the Best World Music Album. Prior to this win, he was nominated for the Grammy Award in 2005 and 2009. A professional career spanning 23 years has seen him composing and playing with the Legendary Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, String quartets and Orchestra's such as The New York Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the The Boston Symphony Orchestra to name a few.
His concerts have taken him regularly to major centers of music around the globe, some examples being Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Royce Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center and The Concertgebouw. To his credit he has 40 CD's, three of which have been Grammy nominated. www.sandeepdas.com
In 2014, the French magazine "Accordéons et accordéonistes", the journalist Philippe Krümm described Steve Normandin as follows: "To hear and see Steve Normandin perform, is impressive, the entire presence of this gentleman is unique. He is a real singer but also an incredible accordionist. [...] His style has a rare depth, with which he often enriches french and historic songs".
In addition to his work as a songwriter and performer, he puts his accompanying talents at the service of great Québec artists, music and theater: Clémence Des Rochers, Marie Michèle Desrosiers, Raymond Lévesque, Isabelle Boulay, Paule-Andreé Cassidy, Suzie LeBlanc and Robert Lepage. In 2014, he was featured on the film soundtrack of Ben Charest's "Paul à Québec" with his accordion. www.stevenormandin.com
Bruce Dickey is one of a handful of musicians worldwide who have dedicated themselves to reviving the cornetto - once an instrument of great virtuosi, but which lamentably fell into disuse in the 19th century. The revival began in the 1950s, but it was largely Bruce Dickey, who, from the late 1970s, created a new renaissance of the instrument, allowing the agility and expressive power of the cornetto to be heard once again. His many students, over more than 30 years of teaching at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, have helped to consolidate and elevate the status of this once forgotten instrument.
For his achievements the Historic Brass Society awarded him in 2000 the prestigious Christopher Monk Award for "his monumental work in cornetto performance, historical performance practice and musicological scholarship." In 2007 he was honored by British conductor and musicologist Andrew Parrott with a "Taverner Award" as one of 14 musicians whose "significant contributions to musical understanding have been motivated by neither commerce nor ego." www.brucedickey.com
Characterized by its youth, brilliant playing and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. The Quartet was formed in Israel sixteen years ago when its members were young students and have been playing together ever since. Recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the Quartet serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts – a remarkable achievement for an ensemble so young. www.arielquartet.com
Nancy Dahn, violin, and Timothy Steeves, piano, have received the Touring Performers Award (Contact East), as well as Memorial University's prestigious President's Award for Outstanding Research, and were named NLAC Artist of the Year in May 2010. Of their six acclaimed recordings, Wild Bird (Centrediscs, 2010), comprises works written especially for the duo by Canadian composers Murray Schafer, Chan Ka Nin, and Kati Agócs, and includes Schafer's Duo for Violin and Piano, which won the 2011 Juno Award in the Classical Composition of the Year category. Duo's Concertante's 2009 recording It Takes Two features encore pieces arranged by Canadian composer Clifford Crawley and was described as "spectacular" (American Record Guide). The first three CDs - À Deux, Of Heart and Homeland, and Wild Honey - all received nominations for Best Classical Recording at the East Coast Music Awards. Released in 2012, their classical music video "Tico Tico" aired on CTV2. www.duoconcertante.com
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Hart studied dance at the Dorothy Carter School of Dance in London, Ontario, Canada, and later at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Before attending the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Hart auditioned for The National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto, Ontario. She was accepted for its preliminary intensive summer session of auditioning for consideration as a student in the year's intensive academic/professional training program, where students train for its parent company the National Ballet of Canada. Hart did not secure a place for the school year at the National Ballet School, mostly due to her problems with anorexia nervosa. Hart battled with this pathological eating disorder before returning to ballet, training again, and winning a place for herself at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet company in 1976, was promoted to soloist in 1978, and to principal dancer in 1979. She was the first Canadian to win gold at the Varna International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria in 1980 for the pas de deux Belong choreographed by Norbert Vesak. In 2005 Hart left the RWB to dance as a freelance artist. On August 23, 2006 she danced her swan song at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario. She also danced as a guest artist with Toronto's ProArteDanza ending a thirty-year career. www.evelynhart.ca
Caine has received commissions to compose music for the American Composers Orchestra, The Arditti Quartet, The Vienna Volksoper, Concerto Koln, The Basel Chamber Orchestra and The Beaux Arts Trio among others. His most recent orchestra composition "Sunburst" was performed in June 2016 at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Sicily. Other recent compositions include Jagged Edges,a piano quintet written for The Afiara String Quartet, The Passion of Octavius Catto composed for the Philadelphia Orchestra and gospel choir celebrating the life of murdered civil rights leader Octavius Catto, and Hamsa composed for the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. From 2006-2009 he was the Composer in Residence for The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He has performed his version of The Diabelli Variations with orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, The Swedish Chamber Orchestra and The Moscow Chamber Orchestra. Caine was the Director of The Venice Biennale in 2003.
GRAMMY® nominated jazz singer and new music composer Theo Bleckmann's diverse recorded work includes albums of Las Vegas standards, Weimar art songs, and popular "bar songs" (all with pianist Fumio Yasuda); a recording of newly-arranged songs by Charles Ives (with jazz/rock collective Kneebody); and his acclaimed "Hello Earth - the Music of Kate Bush." Bleckmann has most recently appeared as a special guest on recordings by Ambrose Akinmusire for Blue Note Records and Julia Hülsmann's trio for ECM Records. In January 2017, ECM will release Bleckmann's recording with his new Elegy Quintet, produced by legendary label head and founder, Manfred Eicher. Bleckmann has collaborated with musicians, artists, actors and composers, including Ambrose Akinmusire, Laurie Anderson, Uri Caine, Philip Glass, Ann Hamilton, John Hollenbeck, Sheila Jordan, Phil Kline, David Lang, Kirk Nurock, Frances MacDormand, Ben Monder, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kenny Wheeler, John Zorn, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and, most prominently, Meredith Monk, with whom Bleckmann worked as a core ensemble member for over fifteen years. www.theobleckmann.com
Giulio Zappa began his career as a opera pianist in Bianca Maria Casoni's class in Milan, and pursued his studies with Aldo Cioccolini and Irwin Gage.
Since 1996, he has had an intense career as a concert pianist around the world. He has worked with well-known names like Luciano Pavarotti, Leo Nucci, Patrick Fournillier, Dario Fo, Giorgio Strehler and Graham Vick, and is regularly invited to teach at the Teatro Real and the College of Music in Madrid, the Tel Aviv Opera Studio and the Bolchoï Theatre Academy. He was recently chosen as the artistic director of the Young Artist Programme at the Tenerife Opera Studio.
Called a "brilliant musical scientist" and lauded for "creating a stir with listeners for her breathless imagination and ability to capture Gen-X and beyond generation", JUNO-nominated composer Nicole Lizée creates new music from an eclectic mix of influences including the earliest MTV videos, turntablism, rave culture, Hitchcock, Kubrick, 1960s psychedelia and 1960s modernism. She is fascinated by the glitches made by outmoded and well-worn technology and captures these glitches, notates them and integrates them into live performance. Nicole's compositions range from works for orchestra and solo turntablist featuring DJ techniques fully notated and integrated into a concert music setting, to other unorthodox instrument combinations that include the Atari 2600 video game console, omnichords, stylophones, Simon™, and karaoke tapes. In the broad scope of her evolving oeuvre she explores such themes as malfunction, reviving the obsolete, and the harnessing of imperfection and glitch to create a new kind of precision. www.nicolelizee.com