Canadian Music Competition 2010 / Evaluation Committee

Historical Information

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First Round

Provincial Final

National Final

Francis Colpron


Over the past twenty years, Canadian flutist Francis Colpron has distinguished himself as one of the finest interpreters of the baroque repertoire.

In 1991, he founded Les Boréades, an ensemble for which he has been the Artistic Director since its inception. Each year, the ensemble performs a number of concerts in North America and Europe, and has released thirteen recordings on the ATMA Classique label. Francis Colpron has also released three solo recordings, notably featuring works by Dieupart and van Eyck, and appears on a dozen recordings with ensembles such as the viola da gamba duo Les Voix humaines and the Theatre of Early Music.

A recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Quebec, and the Dutch Government University Association, he studied at the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands with various teachers of the recorder and the traverso. He currently teaches at the Faculté de musique de l’Université de Montréal and, during the summer, in various renowned music camps including Amherst in the United States, CAMMAC in Quebec, and Boxwood in Nova Scotia.

Francis Colpron is first flutist of the Trinity Consort in Portland, Oregon, and is also a regular guest of other ensembles such as the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Les Violons du Roy, and the Nova Scotia Orchestra. In January 2009, he became the First Vice-President of the Executive Committee of the Conseil québécois de la musique.

Darryl Edwards


Tenor Darryl Edwards is Associate Professor and Head of Voice Studies at the University of Toronto. He has been called “the coach behind many of Canada’s best young voices these days” (Toronto Star ). Demand for his master classes has taken him to such distant venues as Prague, London and New Zealand. His students have appeared with many of the world’s leading opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera (New York), the Bavarian State Opera (Munich), Chicago Lyric Opera, the Royal Opera at Covent Garden (London), the Canadian Opera Company (Toronto), Washington National Opera, Zurich Opera, the Greek National Opera and San Francisco Opera.

As a performer, he has sung in oratorio, recital and opera throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe. The many performing organizations with which he has performed include the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Montreal Symphony, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Calgary Philharmonic, Orchestra London Canada, the Coro Santa Cecilia di Rimini, the Orchestra e Coro Sinfonica di Pesaro, the Whitehall Choir of London, the Heidelberg Bach Chor and the Bavarian Chamber Opera. His repertory includes Handel’s Messiah, Britten’s War Requiem, Orff’s Carmina burana, Kodály’s Psalmus hungaricus, Verdi’s Requiem and a number of operas including La Bohème, La Traviata and Mozart’s Idomeneo.

Edwards has been heard on radio broadcasts from the CBC and on National Public Radio in the U.S. and has recorded on the Centrediscs label.

In addition, Edwards is the Artistic Director of the Center for Opera Studies in Italy and of the Concert Opera Group. He has served as the Ontario District Governor of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and is the voice columnist for the Canadian Music Educator.

Darryl Edwards received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Western Ontario and his doctorate from the University of Michigan.

Igor Gefter


Internationally-acclaimed cellist Igor Gefter joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2006. Prior to his move to Toronto, Mr. Gefter was Associate Principal cello with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. While still a student at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, he was invited by the New York Philharmonic to play in its cello section for eight years. Much in demand as an orchestral player, Mr. Gefter has performed with the cello sections of the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony and Detroit Symphony. In 2009, he was invited by the Seattle Symphony to serve as a guest principal cellist in the opening week of its 2009-10 Season. In addition, he has led the cello section of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions.

As a participant in music festivals, Mr. Gefter serves as principal cellist for the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming, the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto (Italy), the International Chamber Music Festival in Venezuela and the International Symphony Orchestra in Israel.

Mr. Gefter’s numerous honors include two Chalmers Performing Arts Awards from the Ontario Arts Council as well as four consecutive B-Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts (CAC) to study abroad. In 1997, he was a Recipient of John B.C. Watkins Fellowship from the CAC, and in 1991, he had won first prize in the Canadian Music Competition.

Mr. Gefter made his debut at the age of eight as a winner of the National Young Artist Competition, the first of seven consecutive competitions that he won before the age of 13. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Juilliard, where he studied with Harvey Shapiro and Aldo Parisot. He completed his post-graduate studies working with Carter Brey.

Susan Hoeppner


Appreciated for her well-controlled technique and beautiful tone, Canadian flutist Susan Hoeppner is in great demand as a solo recitalist and chamber musician. Appearances include prestigious venues in Canada, Japan, France, Portugal, England, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. Orchestras with which she has performed as a guest soloist include the Chamber Orchestra of New York, the Takefu International Festival Orchestra in Japan, the Lisbon Radio Orchestra, Orquesta de Cámara in Buenos Aires, the Northern Lights Music Festival Orchestra in Mexico, the Sacramento Symphony and with most of the major symphony orchestras in Canada.

Early in her career, Ms. Hoeppner was the Grand Prize Winner of the Canadian Music Competition’s Stepping Stone. She went on to win the CBC/Radio-Canada National Competition for Young Performers and First Prize at the Olga Koussevitsky Competition for woodwinds held at Lincoln Center in New York. Her numerous recordings appear on the EMI Classics, BIS (Sweden), JVC Victor (Japan), King Records (UK) and Marquis Classics labels. She maintains an active media presence and can frequently be heard on CBC Radio Two and on broadcasts on Bravo! Television.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Susan Hoeppner is now a member of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music where she is an active performer. Every summer, she teaches at Domaine Forget in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, as well as at The Julius Baker Flute Master Class in New York.

Katerina Juraskova


Cellist Katerina Juraskova holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Prague Conservatory, a Master’s in cello performance from the Conservatoire européen de musique de Paris, a Diploma in cello performance and in chamber music from the International Menuhin Music Academy (where she notably studied with Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Jeremy Menuhin, and Alberto Lysy), a degree in cello from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, and a Doctoral degree in music from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music.

A winner of the International Beethoven Competition (Czech Republic), of First Prize in the National Competition for Young Czech Artists, of the McGill/CBC Concerto Competition, and of the Music Academy of the West Competition in California, she (along with eleven other musicians from various countries) also received a full scholarship to attend the Gregor Piatigorsky Seminar for Cellists at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She also received the Fonorola Montreal Young Artist Award and the Esperia Foundation Award (Santa Barbara). She recently completed a two-year fellowship with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, in Alabama. Ms. Juraskova is in her ninth season as principal cello of the McGill Chamber Orchestra, and teaches cello in the McGill Conservatory at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music.

She has performed numerous concerts and appeared at various cultural events, most notably at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Evian Festival in France, the Québec Festival in Tokyo, the Göteborg Dance and Theatre Festival in Sweden, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Ontario, Festival de Lanaudière in Québec, and the ClefWorks Festival in Montgomery.

Andrew J. Kwan


Andrew Kwan is director of Andrew Kwan Artists Management Inc. (AKAM). Founded in 1991, AKAM is a Canadian management agency specializing in career development, artist promotion and performance arrangements for classical and world musicians. AKAM’s roster includes Anagnoson & Kinton, Susan Gilmour Bailey, Martin Beaver, Jane Coop, Lucille Chung, Alexandre da Costa, the Gryphon Trio, Jamie Parker and Nadina Mackie Jackson, to name but a few. AKAM is also involved with concert production, artistic administration, tour logistics and media relations.

In addition to his agency, Mr. Kwan has served as advisor to arts councils and organizations across North America, and as a juror for all levels of government arts councils as well as for scholarship committees and music competitions. In Canada, he has presented workshops and professional development seminars on marketing and organizational development.

Internationally, he has given workshops in Ohio, California and, in June of 2002, at the European Access Symposium in Brussels. In 2005, he advised and contributed to the Canada Council’s on-line publication, a guide for touring artists and concert presenters. He also enjoys being an educator on the subject of career development for young artists and has presented lectures at various universities across Canada. Since 1996, Mr. Kwan has been on faculty of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, where he offers courses on career management and communications. He is also a graduate level lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. Mr. Kwan holds a B.A. in Economics as well as a Non-Profit Management & Leadership Diploma, both from York University. He also completed his Fellowship from the Canadian Securities Institute. In music, he holds an ARCT in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory and the designations LTCL and FTCL from Trinity College, London, England.

Jean-François Latour


Since making his orchestral debut at the age of 11, Canadian pianist Jean-François Latour has risen through the ranks, following a brilliant career path distinguished by an impressive technique and remarkable musical instincts.

As a concert artist, his reputation quickly thrust him onto the international scene, with notable appearances in Japan, China, South Africa, and several major cities in Europe and North America, including Paris, Geneva, Hamburg, Washington, Chicago, Toronto, and Montréal.

As a soloist, he is a frequent guest of many orchestras and festivals. During the 2009-2010 season, he performed at the Vermont Mozart Festival, in Montreal (for the Pro Musica series and the Maisons/ de la culture network), in Winnipeg (for the Virtuosi series), and in/ Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

As a chamber musician, Jean-François Latour has collaborated with Alain Trudel, Philippe Magnan, Yehonatan Berick, the Pacifica Quartet, and the Borealis String Quartet. Greatly interested in interdisciplinary aspects of the arts, he participated in the presentation of Marie Chouinard’s choreography 24 Preludes by Chopin, and recorded his first CD, consisting entirely of music by Chopin, for the ATMA Classique label in 2007.

Jean-François Latour has also been heard on Radio Suisse-Romande, Radio Audizioni Italiane, French-language Belgian Radio-Television, WFMT-Chicago, Vermont Public Radio, and the Société Radio-Canada.

Trained principally by Marc Durand at the Faculté de musique de l’Université de Montréal and at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, as well as by Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Jean-François Latour also worked with John Perry, André Laplante, Ellen Mack, Marek Jablonsky, and Gilbert Kalish.

He currently teaches piano at the École de musique de l’Université de Sherbrooke, gives master classes, and is regularly invited to sit on the jury at various provincial and national competitions.

Grégoire Legendre


Baritone Grégoire Legendre’s professional career path bears witness to a lifetime dedicated to the operatic art form, first as a singer for over twenty years, and then as an administrator for some sixty productions at the Opéra de Québec.

Possessing a diplôme d’études supérieures in music from the Conservatoire de Québec, as well as a master’s degree in music and a bachelor’s degree in administration from Université Laval, Grégoire Legendre has been the General and Artistic Director of the Opéra de Québec since 2003, after having held the positions of Administrative Director (1994), and General Director (1996).

Earlier in his career, he sang over thirty roles in sixty-five opera productions, taking him to several countries in Europe, to the United States, and across Canada. In Quebec, he frequently collaborated with the Opéra de Montréal (Dialogues des Carmélites by Poulenc; Così fan tutte by Mozart), the Opéra de Québec (Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart; Manon by Massenet; Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti), as well as with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (The Queen of Spades by Tchaïkovsky), the Orchestre Métropolitain (Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart), Festival de Lanaudière (Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky; Prince Igor by Borodin), Concerts symphoniques de Sherbrooke (Carmen by Bizet), and Concerts populaires de Montréal (Le Cid by Massenet).

In November 2007, during the ceremonies honouring excellence in Arts and Culture in the City of Québec, Grégoire Legendre was awarded the Prix de la Fondation de l’OSQ in recognition of his remarkable contribution to the development of classical music. The following year, he directed the Quebec City-based edition of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition, each edition of which is held in a different city. He was also a jury member for this prestigious competition in 2008, and again in 2009, in Budapest, and in 2010 in Milan.

Carol Lemieux

Keyboard Percussion

Performance, teaching, management, and union activities: percussionist Carol Lemieux is quite obviously a musician who is actively engaged in several aspects of his art.

A student of Roger Juneau at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec, he graduated with great distinction in 1972, and furthered his training in various summer programmes and at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg. He has long led a busy career both as a percussionist with various ensembles and as an orchestra and concert band director, most notably in Matane, in Quebec’s Gaspé region, from 1985 to 1994.

A percussionist with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec from 1967 to 1991, and with the Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, he also assumed the direction of the Ensemble de marimba du Québec for two years, and of the new music ensemble, Erreur de type 27, in Quebec from 1999 to 2003. As an educator, Carol Lemieux has taught in the Conservatoires de musique du Québec network for over thirty years. Starting as a teacher in the Rimouski (1974-1990) and Trois-Rivières (1987-1990) schools, he has also taught at the Conservatoire de Saguenay since 1996, and in the Conservatoire de Québec, where he was named Director in 2008.

Carol Lemieux has also been a teachers’ union representative, first in Rimouski, and then in Quebec, on an almost continuous basis since 1981. From 1990 to 2006, he was also the Executive Vice-President and Treasurer of the provincial executive of the Syndicat des professeurs de l’État du Québec.

David Louie


Hailed as “a pianistic sensation” (Rhein-Zeitung, Germany), British Columbia native David Louie ranks among the foremost Canadian musicians of his generation, concertizing in major cities throughout North America and Europe.

A twice Grammy-nominated artist for his recordings with ARC (Artists of the Royal Conservatory), he is a laureate of prestigious music competitions including the CBC/Radio- Canada National Competition for Young Performers, the Santander International Piano Competition, and the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia.

David Louie made his New York debut under the auspices of the city’s venerable Peoples’ Symphony Concerts. He has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Chamber Orchestra of Lisbon, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London. A respected chamber musician, he has played with the Takács Quartet, the Gallery Players of Niagara, and is a founding member of ARC. Dedicated to rediscovering the work of unjustly neglected composers, the ARC Ensemble has received international critical acclaim for its groundbreaking albums On the Threshold of Hope (RCA Red Seal) and Right Through the Bone (RCA Red Seal). In recent tours with ARC, David Louie has performed in London, Rome, Warsaw, Budapest, New York, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Upcoming appearances include a tour of Israel and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

In addition to performances on modern piano, David Louie is an accomplished harpsichordist, and has presented Bach’s Goldberg Variations and The Well-Tempered Clavier at early music festivals in Canada and the United States.

David Louie began studying music at the age of five. He went on to study at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, and as a Canada Council Arts Grant recipient, he completed graduate studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Currently, he is on faculty at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. A dedicated teacher of numerous successful and prize-winning students, David Louie has given master classes in the United Kingdom, Poland, and Australia.

Ian Murphy


Based in Magog, Quebec, guitarist Ian Murphy possesses a Bachelor’s degree in performance from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), where he studied with renowned virtuoso and pedagogue Alvaro Pierri, and received the Pierre-Jean Jeanniot Scholarship awarded to the most deserving student. In 1996, he completed his Master’s degree in performance at the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Music. He also attended several master classes, notably with Léo Brouwer, David Russell, and Roberto Aussel. A three-time winner of the First Prize in chamber music at the Provincial Guitar Competition in the Mauricie region, and a Finalist at the Canadian Music Competition, he has frequently been heard on the airwaves of Radio-Canada.

Ian Murphy plays various styles of music, from Renaissance to modern music, tango, and contemporary music. In 2000, Hal Leonard Publishing released thirty-six of his violin and guitar transcriptions of works by Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla.

He has been a teacher in the Music Department at Cégep de Drummondville since 2001, where he teaches classical guitar, ear training, and musical technology. In 2009, he released his first solo CD, on the Orfan label, featuring works by Bach, Albéniz, and Carlo Domeniconi.

Susan Palma-Nidel


The New York Times praises Susan Palma-Nidel as “a flutist who spans many idioms” and who “has long been held in awe as a virtuoso flutist and a good musical citizen by followers of a wide variety of performing groups”. She has been a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 1980 and served as principal and soloist of the Paul Taylor and Martha Graham Dance Companies, the Stuttgart Ballet, the Royal Ballet, the Madeira Bach Festival and the Santa Fe Opera.

Ms Palma-Nidel has performed throughout the world with Orpheus as a chamber musician, soloist, and educator. Highlights of her career include concerts in Vienna’s Musikverein, Milan’s La Scala opera house, an ongoing series at Carnegie Hall in New York and coaching young music students in Viet Nam, Venezuela and Taiwan.

She has recorded over 50 CDs including the Mozart flute concertos with harpist Nancy Allen and Orpheus; this was named “best recording of these works to date” by Gramophone Magazine and as one of Deutsche Grammophon’s “all-time best recordings.” Other notable CDs include the Grammy-winning Shadow Dances (chamber music of Stravinsky) and Grammy-nominated performances of music by Aaron Copland.

Ms. Palma-Nidel’s chamber music collaborators include such artists as Dawn Upshaw, the Borromeo String Quartet, Heinz Holliger, Julius Baker, Pablo Ziegler, Richard Goode and Branford Marsalis. Susan Palma-Nidel is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Juilliard School of Music. She is currently on the faculties of Montclair State University, NJ, and Columbia University in New York.

Maneli Pirzadeh


Pianist Maneli Pirzadeh has captivated audiences and the press with her sensitive, intense, and refined playing.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Maneli Pirzadeh regularly performs in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Europe. With I Musici de Montréal chamber orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Laval, the Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke, Ensemble Instrumental Appassionata, and the North York Symphony Orchestra in Toronto, she has performed under such conductors as Yuli Turovsky, Jean-François Rivest, Raffi Armenian, Stéphane Laforest, Kerry Stratton, and Daniel Myssyk. She has appeared as a guest artist of the Festival de Lanaudière, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Orford Arts Centre, the Banff Centre for the Arts, La Maison Trestler, the Ste-Pétronille Chamber Music Festival, and the Texas Piano Festival. In recital, she has performed for the Société Pro Musica in Montreal, at the Glenn Gould Studio, and at the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. Several of her performances have been broadcast on the airwaves of Radio-Canada and the CBC, and her recording of Glazunov’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with I Musici de Montréal for the British Chandos label earned her great praise from the international press.

Maneli Pirzadeh is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Prix d’Europe in 2001, First Prize at the Canadian Music Competition’s Stepping Stone in 2000, and First Prize at the CIBC Competition in 1998. Trained by such renowned teachers as Marc Durand, André Laplante, Leon Fleisher, and John Perry, she possesses an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould Professional School in Toronto, as well as a master’s and a doctoral degree in performance from the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Music, where she is now an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the Piano Department. She regularly gives master classes in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, and is often invited to sit on the jury at international competitions.

Jean-Sébastien Roy


Canadian violinist Jean-Sébastien Roy is considered to be one of the most gifted artists of his generation. He was winner of the prestigious Prix d’Europe in 2006, and the Canada Council for the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank lent him a 1717 Stradivarius Windsor-Weinstein from 2006 to 2009. Winner of the OSM Standard Life Competition and recipient of the Joseph Rouleau Award at the Montreal International Musical Competition in 2003, he embarked on a major recital tour this season, which took him to some fifteen Canadian cities.

As a soloist, he has notably appeared with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Orchestre Métropolitain, and Les Violons du Roy. In addition, his performance of the Violin Concerto by Sibelius and Alban Berg’s KammerKonzert at Kulas Hall in Cleveland was very highly praised. In recital, he has appeared across Canada, in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the United States, New Zealand, and Polynesia.

An avid chamber music enthusiast, he has had the opportunity to perform with such musicians as Peter Salaff, Éric Lesage, Denis Brott, Ida Haendel, Maneli Pirzadeh, and Benoît Loiselle. He was a member of the Lloyd Carr-Harris String Quartet, Grand Prize winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and has performed with this Montreal ensemble in Canada, Italy, and Australia.

In 2008, he held the position of co-concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris, and since returning to Quebec, he regularly performs with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Jean-Sébastien Roy graduated with great distinction from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal in 2002. He then furthered his training at the Cleveland Institute of Music with noted teacher Paul Kantor. Johanne Arel, Régis Pasquier, Vladimir Landsman, and Denise Lupien are also among his main teachers.

Marcia Swanston


Mezzo-soprano Marcia Swanston enjoys critical acclaim for her vocal beauty and technical ease as well as for her wide-ranging acting ability and dramatic musical interpretations. Ms. Swanston has appeared with virtually every major opera company in Canada in more than 50 roles. These include Azucena and Ulrica (Verdi’s Il trovatore and Un ballo in maschera), Filipyevna in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Mrs. Grose in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. For Cincinnati Opera she sang Buryakova in Janácek's Jenufa, a role she has sung for the opera companies of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver as well. She has appeared in workshops and premieres of several new operas, including Timothy Sullivan's Florence, the Lady with the Lamp at the Elora Festival, Harry Somers' Mario and the Magician at the Canadian Opera Company (COC) and Randolph Peters' Nosferatu at both the COC and Winnipeg Opera. In concert she has sung such works as Verdi’s Requiem, Bach’s oratorios and Mahler’s symphonic vocal compositions. She also appears frequently in recital and chamber music. After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Lethbridge, Ms. Swanston completed post-graduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England and studied extensively with master teachers at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Study in Suffolk, England.

Ms. Swanston has a passionate love of teaching, and gives master classes and adjudicates across Canada. She was an adjunct professor of voice at the University of Western Ontario beginning in 1998, and in 2001 began her tenure at Dalhousie University, where she is currently Professor of Voice and voice area coordinator.

Stéphan Sylvestre


Stéphan Sylvestre ranks among the most sought-after and gifted Canadian pianists of the younger generation and enjoys both at home and abroad a brilliant career in recitals, in chamber music concerts and as soloist with orchestras. In addition to Canada, he has appeared in the United States, Brazil, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Holland - where he has played several times at the famed Concertgebouw in Amsterdam - the Middle East, Russia, and England. He has performed with several Canadian orchestras, including the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Orchestre Métropolitain as well as at the Festival de Lanaudière, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Festival of the Sound at Parry Sound and the Festival international du Domaine Forget. He regularly collaborates with such renowned musicians as James Campbell, Ransom Wilson, Martin Beaver and members of the Penderecki Quartet. Recording also constitutes an important aspect of his career. His most recent CD, which was issued in 2010, is devoted to music of Brahms and received critical acclaim. Stéphan Sylvestre has won numerous prizes and awards, including the Canadian Music Competition, the OSM Competition and the Prix d’Europe. He has degrees from the Université de Montréal, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and the University of Southern California. His teachers have included Marc Durand, Leon Fleisher, Marek Jablonski and John Perry. He is currently Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Keyboard Division at the University of Western Ontario.

Jean-Philippe Tanguay


Flutist Jean-Philippe Tanguay leads a very diverse career as a teacher, orchestra musician, recitalist, and chamber musician. In so doing, for over twenty years, he has collaborated with most of Quebec’s major instrumental ensembles, including the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, first under the direction of Charles Dutoit and then with Kent Nagano; the Orchestre des Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal; the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, led by Yoav Talmi; the Orchestre Métropolitain and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Les Violons du Roy, conducted by Bernard Labadie; I Musici de Montréal chamber orchestra with Yuli Turovsky; and is a member of the Orchestre symphonique de Laval, currently led by Alain Trudel.

As a chamber musician, he appears with the Trio Polymnie and Quatuor La Flûte Enchantée, as well as with various ensembles such as Musica Camerata Montréal and the Pentaèdre wind quintet. He also works as a studio musician for film and television productions.

Jean-Philippe Tanguay studied with Jean-Paul Major and Yuli Turovsky at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. He graduated with two “Premiers prix,” both unanimously awarded, one in flute and the other in chamber music, and then furthered his training for one year with Timothy Hutchins, principal flute with the OSM. He has also participated in several master classes, most notably with such renowned flutists as/ Jeanne Baxtresser, Robert Aitken, Robert Stallman, and Paula Robison.