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    • 2021 Orford Music Festival: Ali Kian Yazdanfar’s double bass

      Concert: Experience the incomparable savoir-faire of one of the Academy’s great masters as he performs soulful repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries. Ali Kian Yazdanfar’s unique background gives him the ability to shape each piece in an utterly extraordinary way.

      Please note that there will be performances at 4:30 pm and at 7:30 pm. Select your concert time when you purchase your ticket.



      Ali Kian Yazdanfar

      One of the most prominent double bassists of his generation, Ali Kian Yazdanfar maintains an active career not only as principal double bass of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, but also as a recital and concerto soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. Although he started playing the bass at 7 years old, he didn’t take the usual music school route to becoming a professional. In fact, his science and mathematics background led to a physics degree from The Johns Hopkins University and, directly upon graduating, he won his first audition to become a member of the Houston Symphony.

      Frédéric Lambert (french only)

      Frédéric Lambert est titulaire d’un doctorat en interprétation d’alto de l’Université McGill, sous la direction du professeur André Roy. Son perfectionnement musical l’amène à jouer pour des maîtres tels que Robert Vernon, James Dunham, Steven Dann, Bruno Pasquier, Régis Pasquier et Ani Kavafian.

      Frédéric est membre fondateur du quatuor à cordes Lloyd Carr-Harris. En 2005, le groupe triomphe lors du Concours national de musique de chambre Fischoff; en plus de décrocher la médaille d’or dans la catégorie senior, le quatuor en remporte le Grand Prix, et présente par la suite plusieurs concerts en France, en Angleterre, en Italie, aux États-Unis, en Australie et au Canada. Frédéric est membre du Quatuor Molinari, et depuis sa création en 2007, le groupe s’est vu attribuer 12 prix Opus, dont celui du disque contemporain de l’année 2020. Frédéric est passionné par l’enseignement ; il est chargé de cours à l’Université McGill et enseigne aussi le violon et l’alto à l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Il est de plus l’alto solo de l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval.

      Brigitte Poulin

      The Montreal-based pianist Brigitte Poulin is an active and accomplished soloist, chamber musician, vocal accompanist and teacher, whose repertoire covers all periods. A proponent of the 20th and 21st-century music, Brigitte has commissioned and premiered more than fifty works for solo piano, prepared piano and various chamber ensembles.

      Graduated from the Vienna Music Academy, the Montreal music Conservatory and the Université de Montréal (DMus), Brigitte has been artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Brigitte counts among her faithful collaborators baryton Vincent Ranallo, double bassist Ali Yazdanfar and pianist Jean Marchand. She has also founded two contemporary chamber ensembles: Ensemble Transmission and Trio Phoenix.

      Brigitte Poulin teaches as a part-time lecturer at both the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and Université de Montréal. She is regularly called upon to adjudicate in Arts Councils grant proposals and at various Canadian music competitions. She is also a member of the Summer Academy of Orford Music and the Domaine Forget.

      , Aria and Rondo for Double Bass and Piano
      FRANÇAIX, Theme and variations for double bass solo
      OSCHER, Escenas del Sur
      LIEBERMANN, Sonata for double bass and piano, Op. 24

      Watch this exclusive interview with the double bassist, part of our “Les rencontres d’Orford Musique” series. Enjoy your listening!


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