Lina González-Granados | Photo: Todd Resenberg

A journey to the heart
of south america

October 12
7:30 p.m.

Conducted by
Lina González-Granados,
guest conductor
Andréanne Brisson-Paquin, soprano
Annie Guénette,
violin (I Musici member)
Madeleine Messier,
violin (I Musici member)
± 88 minutes of music
plus intermission

Born in Colombia, conductor Lina González-Granados has developed an illustrious musical career on the international stage, travelling to Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Spain, and Florida. This program marks her return to Montreal and features works steeped in the traditions of South America’s cultures. Her energy and sense of accuracy on stage will leave you spellbound! Long-time I Musici partner and wonderful soprano Andréanne Brisson-Paquin will pull at your heartstrings with works from Brazil and Bach’s Coffee Cantata. The concert will begin with the second installment of our complete series of Bach’s violin concertos, featuring two I Musici musicians.

– Jean-François Rivest

Thursday, October 12
7:30 p.m.

Pierre-Mercure hall
of the Pierre-Péladeau Centre


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Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor BWV 1043
Duration: approx. 15 minutes


Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout
Duration: approx. 23 minutes


Coffee Cantata BWV 211, excerpts
Duration: approx. 12 minutes


Bachianas Brasileiras, No. 5
Duration: approx. 12 minutes


Tres cantilenas argentinas
Duration: approx. 21 minutes

Lina Gonzales-Granados | Photo: Todd Resenberg

Lina González-Granados
Guest conductor


Praised for her “rich, heartfelt orchestral sound” (Chicago Sun-Times), “rhythmic vitality” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “raw power” (LA Times), Colombian-American Lina Gonzalez-Granados has distinguished herself nationally and internationally as a singularly-talented young conductor. Her powerful interpretations of the symphonic and operatic repertoire, as well as her dedication to highlighting new and unknown works by Latin-American composers, have earned her international recognition, most recently as the recipient of the 2021 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, the Third Prize and ECHO Special Award (European Concert Hall Organization) of La Maestra Competition, as well as the 2020 and 2021 Solti Foundation US Career Assistance Award.

After winning the Fourth Chicago Symphony Orchestra Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition, Lina was named the new Solti Conducting Apprentice under the guidance of Maestro Riccardo Muti, from February 2020 and continuing through June 2023. Last season, she was also appointed Resident Conductor by the LA Opera, a post she will hold thru June 2025, opening this season with a production of Lucia de Lammermoor. She has also held positions as Conducting Fellow of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Seattle Symphony.

Lina’s 2022-23 season brings her back to the Seattle Symphony, along with highly-anticipated debuts with the Orchestre Metropolitain, NACO, Indianapolis Symphony, Sarasota Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Philadelphia Opera, Borusan Philharmonic, Aalborg Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, as well as performances at Caramoor and Grafenegg Festivals.

Her momentous 2021-22 season highlights included heralded debuts with the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl, Chicago Symphony (an acclaimed last-minute stand-in), New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony (USA), Houston Symphony, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Kristiansand Symphony, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Polish National Radio Symphony, Orquesta del Principado de Asturias, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and Tenerife Symphony. She also led a production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Dallas Opera.

Born and raised in Cali, Colombia, Lina made her conducting debut in 2008 with the Youth Orchestra of Bellas Artes. She holds a Master’s Degree in Conducting with Charles Peltz, a Graduate Diploma in Choral Conducting from New England Conservatory with Erica Washburn, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from Boston University. Her principal mentors include Riccardo Muti, Marin Alsop, Bernard Haitink, Bramwell Tovey and Yannick Nézet- Séguin.

Andréanne Brisson Paquin | Photo: Véronique Boncompagni

Andréanne Brisson-Paquin


Bio to come…

Madeleine Messier

Madeleine Messier


Madeleine Messier has been a member of the Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal since 1987.

Julie Triquet plays on a Giuseppe Odoardi 1726 violin, generously loaned by Mr. David B. Sela. 
Christian Prévost plays on a Rafelle and Antonio Gagliano violin, Naples (ca.18xx) and a Jean Joseph Martin bow (ca.1880), kindly lent by CANIMEX.
Amélie Benoit Bastien plays a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin, Paris, ca. 1845, number 1672, Stradivarius model and a Eugène Sartory bow, Paris, ca. 1935, courtesy of CANIMEX.  
Annie Guénette plays on a Josef Gagliano 1768 violin and a Lamy bow, generously loaned by CANIMEX. 
Tim Halliday plays the 2014 Kolia cello by Mira Gruszow and Gideon Baumblatt, generously on loan from Mr. David B. Sela.