The piano accompanists who participate every summer in the Orford Music Academy offer an outstanding professional service, enabling students to focus on their own learning. Their work is recognized and appreciated by the many professors who have worked alongside them over the years.
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
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.