Andréanne Brisson Paquin | Photo: Véronique Boncompagni
April 14, 20222 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
± 70 minutesno intermission
Everyone loves baroque music for its sophistication, beautiful harmonies, and moving solos. For Eastertide, we have programmed exceptional excerpts from Handel operas sung by the wonderful Andréanne Brisson Paquin and some of the most popular works from the baroque era. Who isn’t familiar with Pachelbel’s Canon by now? For some pieces, our soprano will be accompanied by Marjorie Tremblay’s oboe and our solo violin, Julie Triquet.
— Jean-François Rivest
At Salle Pierre-Mercure of Centre Pierre-Péladeau
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Hailed for her generous stage presence and expressive voice, Montreal-born soprano Andréanne Brisson Paquin is equally devoted to several different musical genres, singing baroque, classical, operatic and even contemporary repertoire with the same commitment, rigour, and excitement.
Andréanne has sung with many of the great chamber music and baroque ensembles, including montreal based I Musici, Pallade Musica, Arion, Ensemble Caprice, Voix humaines and also Musica Angelica (Los Angeles), Musica ad Rhenum (Amsterdam), Ensemble Masques (Paris), Ensemble Odyssee (Amsterdam), with whom she recorded a debut recording (Serenate Napoletane, PanClassic) She was heard at Festival de Lanaudière, Lufthansa Baroque Festival, Berliner Tage für Alte Musik, Festival de musique baroque de Pontoise, Montréal Baroque, Festival Bach and Festival Classica. She has worked with conductors and instrumentalists such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jory Vinikour, Jed Wentz, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Lorenzo Coppola, Martin Haselbock, Nicolas Ellis, and performed with Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal, the Grand Ballets de Montreal Orchestra and Orchestre de l’Agora.
A fine recitalist, Andréanne’s sensitivity shines in the intimacy of chamber music repertoire. She has given many recitals, and has won national and international prizes in collaboration with pianists Michel-Alexandre Broekaert, Matthieu Fortin, and Francis Perron. These awards include the Audience Prize award at Mary Trueman Art Song Competition in New York, Guy-Soucie Excellence Award, 2nd Prize at Concours International de Musique de Chambre de Lyon, 2nd Prize at Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition for Canadian and Contemporary Music, and 2nd Prize and Duo Prize at the New York Joy in Singing Competition. She was also a finalist at the prestigious Montréal International Musical Competition 2012, where she performed with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
In 2013, Andréanne founded Rendez-vous Baroque Français, a group of musicians that specializes in French baroque music from the 17th and 18th centuries. She also recently performed the title role in the French opera Lakmé and the role of Mélisande in Projet Pelléas, two productions created by Montréal’s collective 1 Opera/ 1 Heure.
Andréanne completed her vocal studies at Université de Montréal before pursuing a Masters degree in the Netherlands at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, graduating in October 2010.
Marjorie Tremblay | Photo: Julie Artacho
Marjorie Tremblay is a graduate from the Montreal Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Bernard Jean and Lise Beauchamp. She also completed a chamber music program, finishing with a Prize with High Distinction before going on to graduate study at DePaul University in Chicago with Eugene Izotov. She has received a number of scholarships from the Canada Council for the Arts and had the opportunity to take part in the Kent Blossom Music Festival where she played with the Cleveland Orchestra. She also took part in the Lucerne Festival Academy under the artistic direction of Pierre Boulez.
Marjorie is active on the Quebec music scene and has been second oboe of Orchestre Métropolitain since 2008. She performs regularly with various ensembles, including Les Violons du Roy, with which she has appeared in some of the great European and American concert halls, amongst them Berlin’s Philharmonie and New York City’s Carnegie Hall. She has also performed as guest soloist with Orchestre Métropolitain and Les Violons du Roy.
A dedicated teacher and always eager to share her passion for music, Marjorie teaches oboe at Collège Notre-Dame in Montreal.
Julie Triquet | Photo: Roger Proulx
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.
Fantasia in Three Parts Upon a Ground in D major, Z. 731
Sinfonia and “Seufzer Tränen” from Cantata BWV 21
“Ah! spietato!” from Amadigi di Gaula, Act I, Scene IV
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major (2nd movement of the Italian Concerto BWV 971; violin transcription by Jean-François Rivest)
“Chi t’intende? o cieca instabile!” from Berenice, regina d’Egitto, Act III
“Myself I shall adore” from Semele
Passacaglia in C minor BWV 582 (transcription by Bernard Labadie)
Suite for Orchestra No. 3, “Air”
Canon (in three parts)
Julie Triquet plays a Giuseppe Odoardi 1726 violin generously loaned by Mr. David B. Sela.Amélie Benoit Bastien plays a 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