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Christiane Riel, soprano
Appreciated for more than the sheer beauty of her voice, Christiane Riel is recognized for the generosity and intensity of her interpretations. The heroines of Puccini, Verdi, and those of the French romantic repertoire encompass the very heart of her remarkable career.
After a triumphant debut with the Canadian Opera Company, Ms. Riel has enjoyed an international career throughout Canada, the United States, and Australia. A “heartbreakingly believable” Madama Butterfly, Ms. Riel’s Cio-Cio-San is acclaimed worldwide in over 18 different productions. Learn more
John Avey, bass-baritone
John Avey is a well-known, experienced and respected member of Canada’s bass- baritone fraternity, whose repertoire encompasses a wide range of major operatic and concert works. He has sung with all of Canada’s leading opera companies and most of its major orchestras as well as performances in the United States and Europe. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, subsequently appearing there as Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, a role he has sung with the opera companies of Arizona, Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver.
Career highlights include Peneios in Richard Strauss’ Daphne with the New York City Opera, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri with the Vancouver and Calgary Symphonies as well as the title role of The Mikado in Brian Macdonald’s legendary production at the Stratford Festival and on tour. John has enjoyed particular success in the title role of Rigoletto and as Baron Scarpia in Tosca with both Pacific Opera and Orchestra London. He has performed on CBC Radio in such works as Vaughan Williams’ the Five Mystical Songs, the Verdi Requiem with the Vancouver Symphony while for CBC TV, Avey sang the world television premiere of The Spirit of Haida Gwai broadcast on their series “Opening Night.”
Speakers & Performers
Yehonatan Berick, violin
Prizewinner at the 1993 Naumburg competition and a recipient of the 1996-97 Prix Opus, Yehonatan Berick is in high demand internationally as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Performances as soloist include Quebec, Winnipeg, Windsor, Ann Arbor, Jerusalem and Haifa Symphonies, and the Israeli, Cincinnati, Montreal and Manitoba Chamber Orchestras, Thirteen Strings and Ensemble Appassionata. Recital offering include the complete Paganini Caprices, and the complete Solo Sonatas and Partitas by Bach. He has collaborated with many world renowned artists. Festival and chamber series include Marlboro, Ravinia, Seattle, Ottawa, Great Lakes, and Music@Menlo. Yehonatan Berick is currently plays a 1761 violin by Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi, generously bequeathed from the estate of Sally Benson to the University of Ottawa, as well as violin by Honoré Derazey Père from 1852, and a viola by Stanley Kiernoziak from 2003. Learn more
He tours extensively worldwide, and is featured in the world's most important venues, including Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall. On CD, Berick has recorded for the Acoma, Albany, Centaur, Equilibrium, XXI-21, Gasparo, Summit, and Helicon labels. On video, he can be seen on a BluRay dvd Paganini: 24 Caprices. His recordings have won rave reviews in the press. Equally sought after as violin teacher and chamber music mentor, Berick serves as Professor of Violin at the University of Ottawa. He has been invited as teacher and artist-in-residence at many festivals, and is featured in masterclasses worldwide. His students hold leading positions in major orchestras, ensembles, and music schools worldwide.
Lindsay Bryden, flutist
Lindsay Bryden is a freelance flutist from Ottawa, recently returned from a decade in the UK. Comfortable in a wide range of genres and settings, Lindsay is active in collaborating in the performance and recording of new music projects and is particularly passionate about bringing forward to audiences music which is seldom heard or which has fallen into obscurity. Lindsay has performed in such outstanding venues as the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Salle Bourgie in Montreal, and St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room in London, UK. She has participated in numerous festivals including Music and Beyond in Ottawa, Vianden in Luxembourg, and Spitalfields in London. Lindsay earned her BMus at the Royal College of Music and her MA under William Bennett at the Royal Academy of Music. She was in residence at the Flute Studio in Kent, UK with Trevor Wye in 2018-19 Lindsay has received the Sylva Gelber Music Award and Canada Council Emerging Artist and Arts Abroad grants. Following her 2016 NAC Rising Star recital, nationally broadcast by CBC, she was named a CBC Young Artist of the Year and was shortlisted for the 2018 Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Career Development Award.
Jean Desmarais, piano
JEAN DESMARAIS, internationally acclaimed pianist and pedagogue, has studied with Monique Collet-Samyn (Hull), Anisia Campos (Montreal), Monique Deschaussées (Paris), Joanna Stieler (Berlin) and Dalton Baldwin (USA).
Mr. Desmarais has been a guest soloist of numerous orchestras, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Brasov and Stettin, Nouveau-Monde, I Musici, Orchestre de la Francophonie, Les Violons du Roy and the NAC Orchestra.
In 2007 he was the only Canadian pianist invited to perform at the Moscow Conservatory to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famous recital given by Glenn Gould. He has collaborated with renowned artists such as Kiri Te Kanawa, Amanda Forsyth, Jessica Linnebach, Yannick-Muriel Noah, Ben Heppner, Joel Quarrington, Denis Lawlor, Marco Parisotto, Jean-Philippe Tremblay, Michel Brousseau, Johannes Debus, Carlos Garcia-Ruiz, Tedd Robinson, Christopher Wheeldon and Pinchas Zukerman.
Daniel Firth, dancer
Sa formation comprend la gymnastique, le ballet classique et la danse contemporaine. Suite à sa formation en danse au cégep de Rivière-du-Loup, il poursuit son entraînement à l'école supérieure de danse du Québec et aux ateliers de danse moderne de Montréal. En 1993 il se joint à l'équipe de Montréal Danse, compagnie avec laquelle il interprètera des rôles signés par plus d'une quinzaine de créateur (es) de réputation internationale.
Parallèlement, Daniel a travaillé, en autre, avec William Douglas, Estelle Clareton, Chantal Caron et plusieurs autres. Il a participé à plusieurs tournées internationales et à différents projets connexes; au cinéma on a pu le voir dans une âme immortelle du réalisateur Bernard Hébert et dans l’homme de verre du réalisateur Raymond St-Jean. Depuis 2005, Daniel est également massothérapeute agréé.
Sa collaboration avec Jane Mappin marque une période importante de sa carrière. Les rôles que lui confie Jane Mappin lui permettent de découvrir de nouveaux horizons d'interprétation en danse . Son rôle de Lewis dans la pièce Lewis et Lucie lui a valut une nomination pour un Dora award pour l'interprète masculin de l'année 2015 et récemment il a reçu un prix honorifique lors du festival Quartier Danse 2018.
Victor Herbiet, saxophone
Victor Herbiet studied saxophone and composition at the University of Ottawa where he obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in saxophone performance. After serving with the Canadian Forces music branch between 1999 and 2011, Victor reoriented his career towards solo performance, education and composition. By blending the idioms of twelve-tone music with other styles such as French impressionism, Canadian folk, American jazz and Latin music, Victor creates a musical language that is accessible and interesting for diverse audiences. His works have been performed in North and South America, Europe and East Asia and have received accolades from performers and audiences alike. His most recent compositions for solo saxophone and clarinet were featured as compulsory works for the 2019 Saxiana International Competition in France, to which he was invited as adjudicator.
In 2018, Victor was awarded bursaries from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts to record his original chamber works featuring the saxophone. The CD titled The Road to the Ethereal Gate received glowing reviews in North America and Europe being referred to as audacious, virtuosic, bewitching and magnificent.
Victor is currently adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Music.
Jane Mappin, dancer
A dance graduate of York University (B.F.A.) and UQAM (masters – creation), Jane has thirty-five years of experience as an interpreter, choreographer and teacher of contemporary dance. Her choreography has been performed across Canada and internationally. Committed to interdisciplinarity, Jane collaborates regularly with visual artists, theater directors, writers and musicians. Her recent choreography explores the relationship between art, social diversity and fundamental rights, in particular focussing on dance and mental health and involving artists with disabilities. Jane is bilingual and has taught dance for 35 years, including at the École supérieure de ballet du Québec since 2007.
Louis Trépanier, guitar
A native of Ottawa, Louis Trépanier studied under Patrick Roux at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Hull, graduating in 1998 with the Prix en Guitare. Louis has further studied both privately and in master classes with: Sergio Assad, David Russell and Fabio Zanon. He has also studied jazz with Canadian composer and guitarist Roddy Ellias.
Trépanier has performed often on CBC radio and Radio-Canada both as soloist and with the CGQ. His arrangements of orchestral masterworks for the CGQ have received fantastic reviews and have set a new standard in guitar quartet transcription. These and Trépanier’s own compositions are published by Les Productions d’Oz under the special CGQ collection.
He has adjudicated guitar competitions at the provincial, national and international levels and is also known for his dynamic style of teaching in masterclasses. Trépanier is a member of the Donkin/Trépanier piano-guitar duo, with his wife Catherine Donkin. Louis has previously taught at both Laurentian University and Cambrian College in Sudbury. He is currently Coordinator of the Guitar Sector at the University of Ottawa’s School of Music.
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