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Sandra Murray is currently pursuing a brilliant career as a chamber musician and piano accompanist to several well-known Canadian and foreign artists. She has performed at the ProMusica Series, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Festival international de Lanaudière, the Festival du Domaine Forget, the Rendez-vous musical de Laterrière, the Festival des Basses-Laurentides, at Orford Music and at the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound. She is also a piano accompanist at the Orford Music Academy for classes given by Laurence Lesser, Michel Strauss, Jonathan Crow, Richard Aaron and Maurizio Fuks.
Ms. Murray has made two recordings with the piano duo Ouellet-Murray, which include Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. She also participated in the first Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, working alongside Emmanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern and Yefim Bronfmann.
Sandra Murray is currently working at the Montreal Music Conservatory as a professor and accompanist.
Mariane Patenaude began her musical training at the age of six at the Vincent d’Indy School of Music (Theresa Brouillette), and continued at the Pierre-Laporte High School (Charlotte Dumas) and the Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Art (CMDA) (Raoul Sosa).
Recipient of numerous grants, winner of several competitions and prices such as the Prix d’Europe and the special prize of the Canadian Music Centre, Mariane Patenaude is highly appreciated by both instrumentalists and singers since she left the CMDA in 1996. She improved her skills later with Francis Dubé and Monique Deschaussées. Passionate about voice, Mariane Patenaude studied singing with Pierre Mollet and France Dion and works currently with Gabrielle Lavigne.
Her activities have brought her in various provinces in Canada, the United States and Europe. Since fall 2012, Mariane is a pianist and professor at the Conservatory of Music and Drama of Montreal. She is also a pianist accompanist at Orford Music Academy, McGill University and University of Montreal, a musical and artistic director for the ensemble Voix d’Elles, in addition to being a member of the trio Polymnie and Orford Six Pianos.
Mariane Patenaude has participated in several radio, television and disc recordings with labels Atma, Analekta, SNE, Richelieu and XXI.
Experienced chamber musician, accompanist and vocal coach Francis Perron is a sought-after partner. This experience led him to close collaborations with, among others, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Opera, conservatories of Vienna and Zurich Winterthur, ARD Musik Wettbewerb, the Salzburg Summer Academy, University of Freiburg, the International Violin Competition of Avignon, the International Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition in Vienna, the Festival de Royaumont, the Montreal International Musical Competition, Vancouver International Song Institute, the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute and Orford Music. In May 2013, he was awarded for best voice-piano duo of the Positively Poulenc Competition in New York.
Founding member of the Orford Six Pianos ensemble, Francis Perron already has several recordings to his credit and has been heard many times on Radio-Canada, CBC and Radio-France International. He is also pursuing an active career as a pianist, both in Europe and North America. He is currently Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Music of the University of Montreal and head of the accompanying program of the same institution.
Soloist and accompanist, performing current and contemporary works, Pamela Reimer studied with Tom Plaunt, Louis-Philippe Pelletier, Gyorgy Sebok, Lorraine Vaillancourt and Frederic Rzewski. She played in the UK, Scotland, New Zealand, Austria, Switzerland and across Canada and the Eastern United States. She has been heard on the BBC and CBC radio, and on Radio-Canada in Montreal and Ottawa.
As a soloist she has performed concertos by Grieg, Mendelssohn and Beethoven, Preludes and Fugues from Shostakovich, and major works by Claude Vivier (Shiraz) and Elliott Carter (Night Fantasies). Pamela offers music recitals incorporating theatrical elements, including speech and movement; she gave the first Canadian theatrical works for piano by Randall Woolf, Jerome Kitzke, Aaron Jay Kernis, Elena Kats-Chernis, Christopher Fox, Martin Bresnick, and a creation with the composer and pianist Charles-Antoine Fréchette.
In concert with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, she played for the first Canadian of the Polyphonia ballet (in 2004 and again in 2007), with music for piano by Gyorgy Ligeti, and Rubies (2008), playing Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra by Stravinsky. In dance, she joined the percussionist Philip Hornsey to play duets by Howard Bashaw, James Harley, Nicolas Gilbert and Michael Oesterle for the choreography of Dominique Porte (Exit, 2006).
In addition to her numerous appearances with the Bradyworks Ensemble, the Blue Rider Ensemble and the Contemporary Ensemble of Montreal, Pamela worked with the Warhol Ensemble, the KORE Ensemble and in duo with percussionist Beverley Johnston. With these ensembles, she created numerous works of Canadian composers. She also worked with composer Tristan Evans to the presentation of a piece for piano and computer software Pure Data.
Accompanist appreciated by singers and instrumentalists, she was selected as accompanist for the Concours international de violon des Jeunesses musicales, the competition of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the summer programs at Orford Music and Domaine Forget. Pamela has also played in Les Grands Ballets Canadiens orchestra, the McGill Chamber Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and regularly participates to the Chamber Music Festival in Ottawa.
Louis Dominique Roy studied piano with Helmut Blume in Montreal and Harald Ossberger in Vienna. He is currently teaching at the Cégep de Saint-Laurent. His work with young singers and instrumentalists led him to perform in recital throughout Canada and in several European countries. He was the pianist of the Saint-Laurent Choir and the choirs of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra for twelve years, where he worked regularly with world famous conductors such as Kent Nagano, Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Michel Plasson, Jacques Lacombe and Eliahu Inbal. He participated in the preparation of the Requiem by Krzysztof Penderecki during his visit in Montreal.
Inspired by the people he meets as well as some readings, he likes to compose. He is the author of many songs about Quebec texts, piano pieces and pieces of choral music.
Canadian pianist Elise Desjardins quickly established a solid reputation as a pianist accompanist and chamber music pianist. Here, and abroad, she collaborates with musicians such as violists Jutta Puchhammer, Steeve Dann, Bruno Giurana, the violinists David Stewart, Richard Roberts, Tom Williams, the cellists Carole Sirois, Thomas Wiebe, Paul Marley, the bassists Ali Yazdanfar, René Gosselin, the oboists Hansjorg Schellenberger, Olivier Doise, Lise Beauchamp, and the bassoonists Mathieu Harel and Michel Bettez.
Her association with Jutta Puchhammer for more than ten years has led her to tour in Europe, the United States and Canada. She is regularly invited as a chamber musician to participate in international events: International Viola Congress, Double-Reed Society, Double Bass Congress, International Festival of Domaine Forget, Summer Music in Galway. In addition, Canadian violinist David Stewart regularly invites her to perform on tour in China, Canada and Ireland.
Elise Desjardins became an accompanying professor at the Conservatoire de musique in Montreal in 1998. She has been a member of the pianist team at the Domaine Forget Academy of Music since 1999. She holds a First Prize in Piano, a First Prize in Music Chamber from the Conservatoire de musique du Québec and a Master in Music with honors from Indiana University. She is also the recipient of numerous Québec government scholarships.
The recording of two compact discs “Phantasiestucke” and “German romantic works” earned her the praise of the reviews of the Fanfares, and Scena Musicale magazines. A third album, “Pièces de Concours”, has just appeared on the Parma Records label. The scores of these pieces are published by the German house Schott, and Elise Desjardins has revised the piano part. She is often heard on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Montreal pianist Brigitte Poulin is an active and accomplished soloist, chamber musician, vocal accompanist and teacher whose repertoire covers all periods from the invention to the deconstruction of the piano. A proponent of 20th and 21st century music, Brigitte has commissioned and premiered more than fifty works for solo piano, prepared piano and various chamber ensembles.
Brigitte studied at the Vienna Music Academy, the Montreal Music Conservatory, and has been a frequent guest at the Banff Centre for the Arts before obtaining a doctorate from the Université de Montréal.
She has performed in Italy, Belgium, France, Cyprus, Holland, Austria, Germany, England, USA and throughout Canada.
A founding member of Ensemble Transmission, she counts among her frequent and faithful collaborators singers Ingrid Schmithüsen and Vincent Ranallo, double bassist Ali Yazdanfar and pianist Jean Marchand.
Brigitte Poulin teaches as a part-time lecturer at both the Schulich Music School of McGill University and the Université de Montréal. She is regularly called upon to adjudicate Arts Councils grant proposals as well as Canadian Music Competitions. She is as well a member of the Summer Academy of the Domaine Forget since 2001.
Her most recent recordings include: Folklore imaginaire, music by Ana Sokolović (Naxos), Pierrot lunaire (Atma), Transmission, Attacama (Atma), My Twentieth Century (Ambiances magnétiques), R. Murray Schafer / 3 Solos (Centrediscs), and Édifices Naturels: solo piano works from Canadian composers (Dame).
Collaborative pianist Blair Salter is a versatile performer and music director who has worked at prestigious opera companies and young artist programs throughout the United States and Canada.
A graduate of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Young Artist Program and the Glimmerglass Festival, Blair will be joining the Houston Grand Opera Studio as a pianist and vocal coach for the 2017/2018 season. Her 2016/17 performance season features her return to Michigan Opera Theatre as a guest coach for the studio program.
On the recital stage, she appears in residency with the Khemia Ensemble at Michigan State University, Tufts University and the Avaloch Farms Music Institute, and with soprano Amy Petrongelli at the African American Song Alliance Conference in Irvine, California.
Blair has previously been engaged by Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, the CoOPERAtive program, University of Michigan opera productions, Metro Youth Opera, Halifax Summer Opera Festival, and Toronto Opera Repertoire.
She attended the University of Western Ontario for her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, and she recently completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Michigan where she studied with Martin Katz.
Pianist Jeanie Chung enjoys an active and varied performing career. She has given solo recitals, concerto performances and chamber music concerts throughout North America, Central America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Recent and long term collaborations include projects with Barry Shiffman, Andres Diaz, Colin Carr, Rachel Mercer, Ian Swensen, Yehonatan Berick; Robert Langevin, Susan Hoeppner, Frank Morelli, Shalom Bard, YaoGuang Zhai; William Vermeulen, Michael Sachs; Alexander Dobson; Laurence Lemieux, Margie Gillis, and Ted Robinson.
Following her studies at The Glenn Gould School and The Taylor Academy for Young Artists at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, she attended the Juilliard School where she obtained Bachelor of Music, Masters of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Her principal teachers have been Boris Lysenko, Leon Fleisher, John Perry, and Herbert Stessin.
Chung was the recipient of the Career Development Award from the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto and numerous grants from the Canada Council and Chalmers Fund.
She has been a faculty member at The Banff Centre and is presently on faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Taylor Academy for Young Artists.
Pianist Rachael Kerr is the newest member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio and bronze medalist in the 2015 Ziering-Conlon Art Song competition. Hailing from Chicago, where she holds a doctorate from Northwestern University, she has performed with the Chicago Chamber Musicians and as the harpsichordist for the Northwestern University Opera Theatre. In addition to serving on the music theory faculty, she was also a winner of a Farwell Trust Award in solo piano.
In Toronto, Rachael has frequently collaborated with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as both an orchestral pianist and a rehearsal pianist, along with performances with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Niagara Symphony Orchestra, and the Amadeus Choir. Previously, she was the Coordinator of Collaborative Piano at Interlochen Arts Center, and a staff pianist at the International Trumpet Guild Conference and the Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg.
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