Sheila Jaffé | Photo: Lauren Hamm


February 3-20, 2022


Under the direction of
Jean-François Rivest
Sheila Jaffé, violin
± 80 minutes
no intermission

A Montreal violinist, the legendary character of Carmen as well as the Gypsy Airs by Sarasate: this program gives women the platform they rightly deserve in our musical world. Since we are talking about virtuosity, you will be amazed with Sheila and the marvellous variations on the themes of the opera Carmen.

—    Jean-François Rivest

On December 20, 2021, because of the increase in COVID-19 cases, the Government of Quebec closed concert’s halls again for an indefinite period. Therefore, we have to cancel our upcoming concert, which was to take place on January 27. If you have a ticket, we will contact you by email in the next week. We are currently working on the webcast of this concert. 

Nil Venditti | Photo: Alessandro Bertani

Nil Venditti


Young Italian-Turkish conductor Nil Venditti has already established relationships with orchestras including Orchestra della Toscana, of which she is Principal Guest Conductor, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Ankara-based Ancyra Ensemble.

In the 2021/22 season, Nil Venditti conducts the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and makes both her operatic and symphonic debuts with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitane, as well as debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Luzern Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento, Opera North Orchestra and I Musici de Montréal.

With a strong affinity for the core classical repertoire of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, she is also expanding her scope into the operatic field, having conducted Mozart’s Così fan tutteLe nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte, as well as Peter Maxwell-Davies’s The Lighthouse, Verdi’s Nabucco, Bizet’s Carmen and Salieri’s Prima la musica poi le parole. In Spring 2022, she conducts Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore in Bordeaux and returns to the Irish National Opera for a production of Puccini’s Tosca.  

Venditti was awarded First Prize at the national Premio Claudio Abbado for Young Musicians in 2015 at the age of 20 and won two prizes at the Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Bucharest in 2017.

 Sheila Jaffé | Photo: Lauren Hamm

Sheila Jaffé


Sheila Jaffé was born into a family of musicians and was fascinated by classical music from a young age. Born in Montreal and raised in South Florida, she returned to her native Quebec at the age of thirteen to live and study with her second cousin Catherine Dallaire, concertmaster of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and professor of violin at the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec. Chamber music and orchestral playing is at the core of her musical passions. 

Sheila continued her studies in Berlin, Germany with a Master’s program at the Hanns Eisler Hochschüle für Musik, during which she also was accepted into the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Akademie for a one-year position. During this time she also co-founded the Alondra String Quartet, who were invited to the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove as well as the Toronto Summer Music festival. The members of this quartet are now in leading orchestras around the world. In 2013, at the Rosebud Chamber Music Festival in Alberta, Canada, she co-founded the Rosebud String Quartet (RSQ), with whom she currently performs regularly. Sheila is also the violinist and violist of the Array Ensemble, specializing in new music. 

In 2015, Sheila joined the Canadian Opera Company as a violist while continuing to nurture her love of chamber music on the violin with her string quartet as well as other chamber ensembles and various solo performances. She has also recently been appointed as principal viola of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. Her first album, featuring works by Franck, Elgar and Britten in collaboration with Welsh pianist Huw Watkins, is due to come out in 2022. 

Sheila Jaffé plays on a Stradivarius violin and Sartory viola on generous loan from Canimex.



Idyll (1st, 5th, and 7th movements)
– Andante
– Adagio-presto-adagio
– Moderato
Duration: approx. 15 minutes

Linda Bouchard*

Réfraction (2015)
Duration: approx. 14 minutes


Gypsy Airs for violin (arrangement Peter Purich)
Duration: approx. 9 minutes


Carmen Fantasy for violin (arrangement for strings)
Duration: approx. 10 minutes


Serenade for Strings in E major 
– Moderato
– Tempo di Valse
– Scherzo
– Larghetto
– Finale
Duration: approx. 30 minutes


Sheila Jaffé plays a 1713 Stradivarius violin a bow by Sartre generously loaned by CANIMEX.
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
Marieve Bock plays a Maucotel Paris cello (1849), generously loaned by CANIMEX.