Kim Thúy


Special event: A portion of the funds raised during this event will be donated to the Centre St-Louis.

November 9
7 p.m.


Presented by

Conducted by
Jean-François Rivest
Kim Thúy, guest
Elvira Misbakhova,
viola (I Musici member)

Julie Triquet,
violin (I Musici member)
Tim Halliday,
cello (I Musici member)
± 66 minutes
(concert without intermission, followed by an onsite cocktail reception)

The one and only Kim Thúy is undoubtedly much loved by all. She specifically chose works that weave together the details of her life story which she will unveil to us throughout this concert. In addition, the program will feature common favourites from popular string orchestra repertoire, ranging from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi to Pachelbel’s Canon. Enjoy the wonderful music of Romeo and Juliet played by our violist Elvira Misbakhova. An ATMA Classique album featuring this very masterpiece will be launched at the same time.

– Jean-François Rivest

Thursday, November 9
7 p.m.

Pierre-Mercure hall
of the Pierre-Péladeau Centre


Agenda of the evening
6:00 p.m. | Opening of the doors and reception of the guests
7:00 p.m. | Beginning of the concert
8:30 p.m. Cocktail reception on the stage of Salle Pierre-Mercure with the artist, the musicians and the chef Jean-François Rivest.


Cost of a regular ticket: $80
Cost of a VIP ticket including the cocktail reception: $200 (with receipt for tax purposes).

The Carte Blanche event will raise funds for the Saint-Louis Center, which offers French courses to newcomers to help them integrate into Quebec society.



Adagio for Strings
Duration: approx. 10 minutes 30 secondes


“Winter” from Four Seasons, 1st movement (Julie Triquet, violin)
Duration: approx. 3 minutes 30 secondes


Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3
Duration: approx. 5 minutes 30 secondes


Duration: approx. 3 minutes 30 secondes


Romeo and Juliet Suite for viola and strings (excerpts)
Duration: approx. 19 minutes


Cello Suite No. 1, 1st movement, Prelude (Tim Halliday, cello)
Duration: approx. 2 minutes 40 secondes


Sinfonia in G Major, Wq 182/I (H.657)
Duration: approx. 11 minutes


Adagietto from Symphony No. 5, for strings and harp
Duration: approx. 8 minutes 30 secondes


Valse No. 2
Duration: approx. 3 minutes 30 secondes

Kim Thúy

Kim Thúy


Kim Thúy was born in Vietnam in 1968. At the age of 10 she left Vietnam along with a wave of refugees commonly referred to in the media as “the boat people” and settled with her family in Quebec, Canada. A graduate in translation and law, she has worked as a seamstress, interpreter, lawyer, and restaurant owner. The author has received many awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2010, and was one of the top 4 finalists of the Alternative Nobel Prize in 2018. Her books have sold more than 850,000 copies around the world and have been translated into 31 languages and distributed across 43 countries and territories. Kim Thúy lives in Montreal where she devotes her time to writing.

Elvira Misbakhova

Elvira Misbakhova


Elvira Misbakhova obtained a doctorate in musical performance from the University of Montreal in 2005. She came to Canada in 1999 to study with Eleonora Turovsky and became a solo viola with the Orchestre symphonique de l’Université de Montréal. She continued to develop her orchestral experience as a solo Alto in various festivals and orchestras. Her ongoing career as a soloist has also led her to perform with the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville, and I Musici de Montréal. She has returned several times to Russia to perform with La Primavera and the Tatarstan State Symphony Orchestra and travels to give master classes and workshops. In 2019, Elvira Misbakhova recorded under the famous Chandos label. The recording received very high reviews from various newspapers, such as «The Strad», «Gramophone», «The MusicWeb» and others. Misbakhova is currently a solo viola of the Orchestre Métropolitain, a solo associate of the Orchestre de Trois-Rivières and the Orchestre de Longueuil. In 2000 she discovered her talent for improvisation, as well as a great passion for klezmer music. She is currently working on new chamber music projects and has been a regular member of the Orchestre I Musici de Montréal since June 2022.

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.

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