S lowly but inexorably, humanity continues its long march towards the future by making us succeed each other. Similarly, Art in all its forms (and music in particular) allows us to transmit the culture of the past, through its present manifestations, into the future. This is why young musicians are crucial in this sequence, they are the key to this handover and we must cherish them! The I Musici Challenge Concert therefore introduces you to several of these amazing talents who will form the next generation of musicians. Four of these young virtuosos will play solo with the orchestra, and seven high-quality players will join the ranks of the ensemble to perform one of the most performed works in the history of I Musici de Montréal : Tchaikovsky’s Serenade.

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Sunday June 6, 2:00 PM

With audience at Pierre-Mercure hall, June 6, 2:00 PM

Webcast from June 10 to 20 with voluntary contribution

Discover the contestants


W.A. Mozart,  Adagio & fugue in C minor for strings, KV 546 (composed in 1788)
Adaptation for string orchestra


G.P. Telemann, Concerto for alto in G major (composed between 1716-1721)
Sofia Morao, alto

  • Largo
  • Allegro
  • Andante
  • Presto


C.P.E Bach, Concerto in D minor for flute Wq. 22 (composed in 1747)
Nikki Arsenault, flute

  • Allegro


Haydn, Concerto in C major for cello Hob. VIIb :1 (Composed in 1761)
Thomas Larichelière-Banken, cello

  • Moderato

A. Piazzolla, Primavera Porteña (composed between 1965-1970)
Daniel Benedetti, accordeon


N.A. Rimski-Korsakov, the flight of the bumblebee (composed in 1899)
Daniel Benedetti, accordéon


P.I. Tchaïkovski, String serenade in C major (composed in 1880)
With the 7 winning strings, level secondary and CEGEP
Violins :         Jianyue Zhang, Nicholas Vasilakopoulos-Kostopoulos, Yiding Guo, Chloé Toutant,
Alto :               Sofia Morao
Cellos :           Thomas Larichelière-Banken, Levon Markosyan

  • Pezzo in forma di sonatina
  • Valse
  • Elégie
  • Finale

Julie Triquet plays a Giuseppe Odoardi 1726 violin generously loaned by Mr. David B. Sela.
Amélie Benoit Bastien plays Nicolas Vuillaume 1850 violin and a bow by Sartory generously loaned by CANIMEX.
Annie Guénette plays a Joseph Gagliano 1768 violin and a bow by Lamy generously loaned by CANIMEX.
Tim Halliday plays a Mira Gruszowand Gideon Baumblatt’s Kolia cello (2014), generously loaned by Mr. David B. Sela


Julie Triquet

Solo violin


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 2012, she was appointed solo violin with the Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal. Julie Triquet plays a Giuseppe Odoardi 1786 violin generously loaded by Mr. David B. Sela.

Our young soloists

Winners in cegep category
  • Nikki Arsenault – flute
  • Daniel Benedetti – accordeon
  • Thomas Larichelière-Banken – cello
  • Sofia Morao – alto

Our young soloists

Winners in secondary category
  • Yiding Guo – violin
  • Levon Markosyan – cello
  • Chloé Toutant – violin
  • Jianyue Zhang – violin
  • Nicolas Vasilakopoulos-Kostopoulos – violin
Thank you to Mrs. Louise Vaillancourt, President of the Board of Directors of I Musici de Montréal, for her exceptional contribution allowing this concert to be held.