Carte Blanche to Sarahmée

Date

Thursday, October 24, 2024
7 pm

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Salle Pierre-Mercure
Centre Pierre-Péladeau

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Sarahmée

Guest Artist

Jean-François Rivest

Conductor

Giving an artist the freedom to choose whatever works they like for a concert program is a great opportunity for the audience to experience and appreciate the works that contributed to the artist’s personal vision and perception of the world. And when that artist is as creative and self-assured as Sarahmée, it’s sure to be a memorable moment.

– Jean-François Rivest

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Artistes
Sarahmée

Guest Artist

Biography

Sarahmée has propulsive energy and a contagious way with words. In recent years, her career has skyrocketed: she is, among other things, the first hip-hop artist to be nominated in the “Revelation of the Year” category at the ADISQ awards. Sarahmée, like her music, can be discovered in layers. Her work invites, beyond any doubt, to dance and party, but it is not without profoundness. She promotes self-confidence in an often sclerotic society. Sarahmée looks at herself and the world with a lucid, feminist and anti-racist eye, without hammering out ready-made messages. With Sarahmée, nothing is lived in a vacuum: neither identity, nor music.

 

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 Residenceof the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM) where his tenure has been particularly significant.  In the last months of 2021, while the Pandemic waswidespread, 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), nearby Montréal where he presided over the destiny of Orford’s prestigious 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, he was 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 foremost Quebec 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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