Bartók
the Magician

Date

Thursday, January 30, 2025
7:30 pm

Venue

Salle Pierre-Mercure
Centre Pierre-Péladeau

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With

Stéphane Tétreault, Cello (I Musici Artist in Residence)
Samian, Guest Artist
Keiko Devaux, Composer
Jean-François Rivest, Conductor

I Musici de Montréal’s 2024–2025 Season is your invitation to a celestial revelation of nature. A new two-part work, Création, by composer Keiko Devaux (Prix Opus, 2022 Composer of the Year) was commissioned for the occasion. Part 1 speaks of nature’s remarkable resilience in the shadow of light pollution. Cellist Stéphane Tétreault then returns to play Haydn’s Concerto in C major. Finally, the concert concludes in a work that reveals Béla Bartók as one of the indisputable magical musicians of the 20th century.

– Jean-François Rivest

Program
K. Devaux

Création, Part 1
(12 minutes)

F.J. Haydn

Cello Concerto in C Major, Hob. VIIb:1
(25 minutes)

Intermission
B. Bartók

Divertimento for String Orchestra
(28 minutes)

Artists
Stéphane Tétreault

Cello (I Musici Artist in Residence)

Biography

In addition to innumerous awards and honours, Stéphane Tétreault is the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Virginia Parker Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. He is also the laureate of the 2022 Prix Opus for “Performer of the Year”, awarded by the Conseil québécois de la musique and accompanied by a Canada Council grant.

In 2016, Stéphane made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Nézet-Séguin and performed at the prestigious Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland. During the 2017-2018 season, he took part in the Orchestre Métropolitain’s first European tour with Maestro Nézet-Séguin and made his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Stéphane has performed with violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov and pianists Alexandre Tharaud, Jan Lisiecki, Louis Lortie, Roger Vignoles, Marc-André Hamelin and John Lenehan. He has participated in a number of masterclasses, notably with cellists Gautier Capuçon and Frans Helmerson.

His debut CD recorded with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and conductor Fabien Gabel was chosen as “Editor’s Choice” in the March 2013 issue of Gramophone Magazine. His second album with pianist Marie-Ève Scarfone, featuring works from Haydn, Schubert, and Brahms, was chosen as Gramophone Magazine’s “Critic’s Choice 2016” and recognized as one of the best albums of the year.

Stéphane was a student of the late cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky for more than 10 years. He holds a master’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Montreal. Stéphane plays the 1707 “Countess of Stainlein, Ex-Paganini” Stradivarius cello, generously loaned to him by Mrs. Sophie Desmarais.

Samian

Guest Artist

Biography

English TBA

Originaire de Pikogan, petite communauté autochtone en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Samian a conquis en portant fièrement ses couleurs ; celles de tout un peuple, pour lequel il revendique respect et reconnaissance. Découvert en 2004 grâce au projet Wapikoni Mobile, il a depuis sorti 5 albums, dont l’un, Face à la musique (2011), a remporté un Felix au gala de l’ADISQ pour l’album hip-hop de l’année. Il s’est produit en spectacle partout au Canada et dans plus d’une dizaine de pays à travers le monde. Il a également publié un recueil de poésie rassemblant les textes de ses 3 premiers albums, en plus, plusieurs de ses textes se retrouvent aujourd’hui dans différents manuels scolaires au Québec. En février 2016, il fut lauréat du prestigieux prix Artiste pour la paix, reconnu à travers le Canada.

Samian est également photographe et a été porte-parole, en plus d’avoir présenté quelques clichés, lors de la 10ème édition du World Press Photo Montreal (2015). L’année suivante, il présenta sa première exposition photographique, intitulé Enfant de la terre, à la Place des Arts. Depuis, elle est accueillie dans plusieurs galeries, musées et théâtres à travers le Québec. Un livre contenant l’intégrale de l’exposition a été publié en 2016.

Samian a fait ses débuts au grand écran dans le film Roche Papier Ciseaux (2013), aux côtés de Roy Dupuis. Il est ensuite apparu dans Scratch (2014) et Chasse-Galerie: La légende (2016). Pour la première fois, Samian obtient un premier rôle dans le film de François Girard, Hochelaga: Terre des âmes, qui représente le Canada à la course aux Oscars (2018) dans la catégorie du meilleur film en langue étrangère. Il a également joué dans le film Bootlegger (2021) et obtient un autre premier rôle dans le long métrage L’inhumain (2022) ou il remporte le Awards du meilleur acteur au « American Indian Film Festival de San Francisco ». 

On a également vu Samian au petit écran dans la série Aller Simple (2022) et dans Pour toi Flora (2022).

Son cinquième album, Nikamo, entièrement en langue Anishinaabe, (2021) bénéficie dès sa sortie d’une belle réception. L’album a reçu 2 nominations au dernier Gala de l’ADISQ et a remporté un prix au dernier Gala de musique autochtone Teweikan (2022).

Samian est maintenant à la barre de la toute première émission de radio entièrement dédié à la diffusion d’artistes autochtones au Québec sur les ondes d’Ici Musique à Radio-Canada. Cette émission remporte l’or dès sa première saison au « New York Festival Radio Awards ». Cette compétition récompense les meilleures émissions de radio à travers le monde. 

Samian anime également la série documentaire En Marge du Monde depuis 2019 sur les ondes de TV5 Monde. Cette émission de télé est rendue à sa 3eme saisons. 

Depuis la fin de l’été 2023, Samian est maintenant président d’une nouvelle société de production Trinome Nikamo inc. qu’il a fondé avec Valérie Beaulieu et Christine Simard. Forte de l’expérience de production de l’équipe Trinome et filles, cette nouvelle entreprise saura faire sa marque et produire un contenu de qualité reflétant les valeurs de son président.

Keiko Devaux

Composer

Biography

Keiko Devaux (b. 1982) is a contemporary music composer based in Montréal.

Her approach embraces a love of electroacoustic sounds and methodology by manipulating and distorting acoustic sound with digital tools, and then transcribing or re-translating these back into musical notation and the acoustic realm. Her interests include emotional experience and affect, auto-organizational phenomena in nature and living beings, as well as ‘genre-blurring’ by layering and juxtaposing contrasting melodic/harmonic skeletal elements of highly contrasting sonic sources.

Her works have been performed in Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the United States and Israel by various ensembles including Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Quatuor Molinari, Trio Fibonacci, Ensemble Arkea, Quartetto Prometeo, musica assoluta, l’ensemble Sturm und Klang, the Jasper String Quartet, the Rolston String Quartet, the Talea Ensemble and the Israel Contemporary Players among many others.

She has received numerous prizes and awards, notably the Juno Award for Classical composition of the year, the Prix Opus for Composer of the year, the inaugural Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music, the Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award, the Rotary Club Siena Award, the OUM composition prize, and the Jury and Public prizes of the Accès Arkea competitiom.

From 2016 to 2018, she was the composer in residence with Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Montréal). From 2020 to 2022, she was in residence with the NAC Orchestra (Ottawa) as a Carrefour composer. She is an associate composer with the Canadian Music Centre, former president of the board of directors of Codes d’accès, and past organizer of the Montréal Contemporary Music Lab.

Jean-François Rivest

Conductor

Biography

Québec conductor Jean-François Rivest is renowned for his energy, his extremely precise technique, his style, which is passionate, moving and deeply involved, and his great communication skills. His discography serves as proof to the ease with which he masters a large variety of musical genres ranging from the baroque eraup to today.

Regularly invited by orchestras in Montreal, in Canada and around the world (USA, Mexico, Peru, France, Switzerland, Spain, Russia, and South Korea), he has been Artistic Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, (10 years) and of Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings Ensemble, (5 years), as well as Conductor in Residence of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM) where his tenure has been particularly significant.  In the last months of 2021, while the Pandemic was widespread, he conducted at the Opéra de Lausanne and Opéra de Fribourg, in Switzerland, followed by 8 concerts with the Orchestre Symphonique du Pays Basque, in France. 

Nominated as Principal Guest Conductor at first, in 2021, he was just recently appointed Artistic Director of the prestigious chamber orchestra I Musici de Montréal.  As Christophe Huss said in Le Devoir, it is ‘a logical nomination because since his arrival, the symbiosis has been great between the conductor and the musicians’.

Jean-François Rivest firmly believes that the next generation of musicians must rely on performers that are also active as pedagogues. He has worked for several institutions and has been teaching violin, orchestral conducting as well as a variety of advanced performance classes at Université de Montréal. He is the founder, Artistic Director and principal conductor of the Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal (OUM).

From 2009 to 2015, he has been Artistic Director of the Orford Arts Centre, (now Orford Music), nearbyMontréal where he presided over the destiny of Orford’sprestigious International Academy and Festival.  His period at the head of the Arts Center is unanimously seen as a time of tremendous artistic renewal and growth.  In the 2012 Opus Prizes Awards ceremony, hewas given the Opus Prize for the Artistic Director of the year (2011).

Mr. Rivest, who trained at the Conservatoire de Montréal and at the Juilliard School in New York, quickly established himself as one of the foremostQuebec violinists of his generation. His main teachers were Sonia Jelinkova, Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay.

Being the father of four children, family is at the center of his life. He is passionate about nature and outdoor activities, such as scuba diving, kayak, climbing, trekking and photography. He has even participated in several expeditions of a challenging level. He holds a Private Pilot License and flies his good old Cessna regularly. Jean-François Rivest believes that the many facets of nature are a vital source of artistic inspiration!

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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