Julie Triquet – Concertmaster
Julie Triquet began her violin studies at the tender age of three under Claude Létourneau. She went on to study at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec and has since received three annual professional development grants from the Canada Council for the Arts to study under David Cerone and Aaron Rosand at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. While in Philadelphia, Julie Triquet received the coveted Sylva-Gelber Music Foundation Award presented by the Canada Council for the Arts. In 1982, Julie won first prize at the OSM Standard Life Competition. This award paved the way for subsequent appearances with the best orchestras in Quebec, with which Julie distinguished herself as a soloist. Further recognition of her exceptional talent and passion for chamber music came in 1988, when Julie was named first violin with the Arthur-Leblanc Quartet, then in residence at the Université de Moncton, New Brunswick. From 1993 to 1998, Julie served as co-solo violin with Les Violons du Roy of Québec City. In September 2011, she was appointed solo violin designate with the Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal.
Alain Aubut – Cello
One of the founding members of I Musici de Montréal, Alain Aubut received his degree from the Faculté de musique of the Université de Montréal where he studied under Yuli Turovsky. With this ensemble, Alain Aubut has performed in the four corners of the world and has recorded more than 40 CDs for the Chandos Record label where, on one of the very first CDs featuring Boccherini and Vivaldi, he was featured as a soloist. His solo work has been featured on many I Musici CDs since that time.
Anne Beaudry – Viola
Violist Anne Beaudry has been with I Musici de Montréal almost since its inception. She began her musical training with the Petits Violons and went on to study at Vincent d’Indy and Université de Montréal, where she obtained a Bachelor of Music in Performance. Ms. Beaudry has been a member of several ensembles, including the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM) and the Orchestre Métropolitain. In addition to her activities as a chamber musician, she serves as the music librarian for I Musici and she also teaches.
Denis Béliveau – Violin
Violinist Denis Béliveau has been with the Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal since 1991. He holds both a bachelor’s degree (Université de Montréal, violin performance, 1981) and a master’s degree in music (Université de Montréal, 1985), and his musical training also includes a year of continuing professional development at the Toronto Conservatory (1984). Before joining I Musici, Denis Béliveau was a permanent member of the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal (1980 to 1991) as well as assistant concertmaster with the Orchestre de la Montérégie (1986 to 1991). Denis Béliveau has studied under such renowned violin teachers as Jean Cousineau (1967 to 1977), Vladimir Landsman (1978 to 1985), Lorand Fenyves (1983 to 1984) and Mauricio Fuks (1985 to 1986).
Suzanne Careau – Viola
A native of Quebec City, Suzanne Careau received her degrees in viola and chamber music performance from the conservatories of both Montreal and Quebec City while studying under Robert Verebes and Yuli Turovsky. In 1986, after teaching for a short time at the conservatories of Quebec in Rimouski and Trois-Rivières, she joined I Musici de Montréal. Since 1990 she has been the personnel manager and musicians’ representative. With this orchestra she continues to perform over 100 concerts per season and has participated in many recordings for Chandos Records and other labels. She also appears with other ensembles and orchestras in the Montreal area. Mrs. Careau has been on the board of directors of I Musici for the last two years.
Yannick Chênevert – Double Bass
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Dominic Guilbault – Violin
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Annie Guénette – Violin
Annie Guénette has been active in the Canadian and international music scene, having performed as both a chamber musician and as an orchestral player in notable collaborations with the Violons du Roy, the Molinari quartet, the National Arts Centre, Montreal Symphony Orchestra; the Aurora Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia and Royal Philharmonic in London; the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Ensemble in Edinburgh. She is a recent addition to the I Musici ensemble, and she has been a member of the Verbier Chamber Orchestra since 2004, which led her to Carnegie Hall and Concertgebouw with Maxim Vengerov.
Ms. Guénette is a past winner of several bursaries, including the Alcan and Amis de l’art; in the 2008 Prix d’Europe competition she distinguished herself by winning the “special prize”, as well as the “prize for best interpretation of a Canadian work”. She has studied at the Universties of Montreal, Michigan and McGill, with jean-François Rivest, Yehonatan Berick and Denise Lupien. Annie Guénette plays a 1768 Gagliano and a Lamy bow, with the generous patronage of Canimex.
Tim Halliday – Cello
Tim Halliday fell in love with the cello at the tender age of 4. At the age of 14 he secured a position with the London Orchestra (Canada). After completing his studies under Marcel St-Cyr and Antonio Lysy at McGill University, he joined the Orchestre de chambre I Musici in 1995. He is the busy father of two wonderful children.
Madeleine Messier – Violin
Madeleine Messier has been a member of the Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal since 1987.
Françoise Morin-Lyons – Violin
Violinist Françoise Morin-Lyons, a founding member of I Musici de Montréal, has been with the ensemble since its very first rehearsal in 1983. She teaches the Music & Movement Programme at the StepxStep Family & Child Center in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake – a programme she founded – as well as the Tyndale St. Georges Community Centre in the disadvantaged neighbourhood of Little Burgundy, Montreal. Françoise is the founder and artistic director of the “Reach Out with Music” programme at the Church of St. Andrew & St. Paul. This programme is aimed at making music accessible in hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters.
Christian Prévost – Violin
Violinist Christian Prévost is a graduate of the Institute of Chamber Music run by the Fine Arts Quartet at the University of Milwaukee. A member of I Musici de Montréal since 1985, he studied chiefly with Steven Staryk, David Zafer, Leonard Sorkin and Vladimir Landsman. A musician recognized for his rich and vibrant sonority, he has dedicated himself to a wide variety of artistic projects and collaborations both in studio and on stage. As well as record solo violin soundtracks for a number of Quebec-made films such as Un homme et son péché, Sans elle and Père et fils, he has been invited to perform as concertmaster with the symphony orchestras of Laval, Trois-Rivières and Longueuil, as well as with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra and the Gabriel Thibaudeau ensemble. He also forms a duo with his wife, pianist and singer-songwriter Lucie Dubé.
Jacques Proulx – Viola
Sherbrooke native Jacques Proulx began his violin and viola studies in 1976 under violinist Horace Boux. From 1976 to 1978, he studied viola under Stephen Kondacks at the collège de Sherbrooke, and he continued his studies with Kondacks at Montreal’s McGill University from 1978 to 1981. After performing extensively with various symphony orchestras in the Québec City and Montreal regions from 1981 to 1984, he joined the Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal in 1985. In January 2007, I Musici de Montréal was invited to perform at the very first International Music Festival in Cartagena, Colombia. Jacques forged close ties with members of the local musical community and he has since returned to Cartagena on a regular basis to give free violin and viola lessons in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
Marie-Ève Poupart – Violin
The Canadian violinist Marie-Ève Poupart played solo and chamber music concerts in places as diverse as Washington DC, New York NY, Baltimore MD and Chattanooga TN in the United States, in Hungary, in China, in the Bahamas, in the Virgin Islands and in more than thirty cities in Canada. She was featured as a soloist with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, toured with the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, worked with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Barry Shiffman, Todd Palmer, Ilya Kaler, Anton Kuerti, Boris Slutsky, as well as many other fine musicians. She was honored to win the Prix d’Europe competition and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2009, as well as getting the opportunity to play on the violin Giovanni Tononi Bell 1700 from 2009 to 2012. Meanwhile, she pursued an Artist Diploma under the wings of Pamela Frank at the Peabody Institute of music in Baltimore. She had previously completed her graduate diploma at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Johanne Arel as her main teacher. At the moment, she works with the string orchestra I Musici de Montréal and will be performing in solo with the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra of Budapest in 2014.
Catherine Sansfaçon Bolduc – Violin
Québec City native Catherine Sansfaçon Bolduc began her violin studies at the early age of 4. Three years later, she was accepted into the Conservatoire de musique de Québec, where she studied under Claude Letourneau and benefitted from extensive training in music theory and practice. Her training also included continuing professional development courses with the likes of Darren Lowe, Richard Roberts and Gérard Poulet. In 1987 and 1988, she was a member of the Orchestre Réseau des Conservatoires de Musique de Québec as well as the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. The recipient of a first prize for musical dictation in 1984, Catherine completed her graduate degree in 1989. In recognition of her excellent work, she received the Gérard Bastien grant as well as a silver medal from former Governor General Jeanne Sauvé, presented to the top student from Quebec-based music conservatories. In 1990, she won second prize in the violin competition held as part of a class given by Jean Angers. As few months later, she successfully auditioned for positions with the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal under the direction of Agnès Grossman and the Orchestre I Musici de Montréal. She has had the great pleasure of performing with I Musici ever since.