Performers

 

Irvine Arditti
In addition to his phenomenal career as first violinist of the Arditti Quartet, Irvine Arditti continues to excel as an extraordinary soloist. Born in London in 1953, Irvine Arditti began his studies at the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 16. He joined the London Symphony Orchestra in 1976 and after two years, at the age of 25, became its Co-Concert Master. He left the orchestra in 1980 in order to devote more time to the Arditti Quartet which he had formed while still a student. During the past decade Irvine Arditti has given the world premières of a plethora of large scale works especially written for him. These include Xenakis’ Dox Orkh and Hosokawa’s Landscape III , both for violin and orchestra, as well as Ferneyhough’s Terrain , Francesconi’s Riti Neurali and Body Electric, Dillon’s Vernal Showers and Harvey’s Scena, Pauset’s Vita Nova, Reynolds Aspiration and Sciarrino’s Le Stagioni Artificiali, all for violin and ensemble. He has appeared with many distinguished orchestras and ensembles including the Bayerische Rundfunk, BBC Symphony, Berlin Radio Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Paris, Het Residentie den Hague, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Asko Ensemble, Ensemble Contrechamps , London Sinfonietta , Nieuw Ensemble, Nouvel Ensemble Modern, Oslo Sinfonietta, Schoenberg Ensemble. His performances of many concertos have won acclaim by their composers, in particular Ligeti and Dutilleux.
Marco Blaauw
Marco Blaauw has an international career as a soloist and is a member of the Ensemble musikFabrik in Cologne, Germany. Blaauw works in close collaboration both with established and younger composers of our time. Many works have been written especially for Blaauw, including compositions by Peter Eötvös, Rebecca Saunders and Hanna Kulenty. Upcoming commissions are a solo for double-belled trumpet by Georg Friedrich Haas in 2013, and a solo concerto for cornet and orchestra from Wolfgang Rihm in 2014.
Starting in 1993, Marco Blaauw worked intensely with Karlheinz Stockhausen and has premiered many solo roles in scenes from the opera cycle LICHT. Flying over the orchestra in a gimbaled cage, he played the leading role in Stockhausen’s MICHAELs REISE in 2008. One of many live performances was documented by ARTE television. In August of the same year, he presented the premiere of “HARMONIES for trumpet” for the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Recently he has played leading roles in the world premieres of
the operas SONNTAG (Cologne, April 2011) and MITTWOCH (Birmingham, August 2012). Marco Blaauw’s work is widely documented in radio, television and CD Recordings. In 2005 he started a series of solo CD’s, the sixth of which, “Angles,” will be released in October 2012. Blaauw is also active as a teacher with notable residencies in Germany since 2003 at the Stockhausen Courses Kürten and at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music in 2004 and 2006. In August 2008 Marco Blaauw was appointed as
instructor of contemporary art performance and trumpet studies at the Lucerne University College of Music in Switzerland. Karlheinz Stockhausen, 10.05.2005: For many years…after an incredible number of rehearsals together…Marco Blaauw learned to play my works and has played them beautifully in many wonderful performances…excellently as soloist in several world premières of works from my opera cycle LICHT, [such as] TUESDAY from LIGHT at the Leipzig Opera in 1993…and…MICHAELION in 1998 at the
Prinzregenten Theatre in Munich. His performances – and his CD recordings – of my music demonstrate the high quality of his playing.
Gianmario Borio
Gianmario Borio graduated in Philosophy at the Università di Torino and gained his PhD in Musicology at the Technische Universität Berlin (under Carl Dahlhaus). He held research fellowships from the DAAD, the Paul Sacher Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. 1993-1999 he was Associate Professor of Musicology at the Università di Pavia, since 2000 he has been a Full Professor at the same university. He has been a visiting professor at various institutions in Europe, Canada and the USA. In 1999 he was awarded the Dent Medal by the Royal Musical Association. In 2012 he was nominated Director of the Institute of Music of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini (Venice). He has been a member of the editorial board of the journals “Il Saggiatore Musicale” (1994-2010) and “Acta Musicologica” (2000-2010); since 2005 he is a member of the editorial board of “Filigrane” and since 2008 of the “Swiss Yearbook for Musicology”. He is a member of the advisory boards of “Journal of the Royal Musical Association”, “Music Analysis”, “Twentieth Century Music” and “Il Saggiatore Musicale”. From 1994 to 2010 he was a member of the scientific board of Archivio Luigi Nono (Venice) and since 2010 of the Centro Studi Luciano Berio (Florence). Since 2006 he has been a member of the artistic committee of the Milano Musica festival, and since 2009 of the editorial board of Pavia University Press. In 2002-2003 and 2005-2006 he was scientific director of a project on the History of Musical Concepts (supported by the Italian Foundation for Research and University). From 2006 to 2010 he directed, together with Hermann Danuser and John Rink, the European Network for Musicological Research.  He is co-director of a research group on the interpretation of audiovisual works (www.worldsofaudiovision.org/).
Guillaume Corbeil
In 2008, Guillaume Corbeil presented a book of short stories entitles L’Art de la fugue (ed. L’Instant même), which was nominated for General Governers Awards and has received the Adrienne-Choquette price. His first novel, Pleurer comme dans les films, has been published by Lemeac Editors in September 2009. He has also written a biography based on the famous director André Brassard. In 2011, he graduated at the National Theater School of Canada, with a degree from the French playwright program. Since then, he has written for a few shows, namely Tu iras la chercher, Le Mécanicien and Cinq visages pour Camille Brunelle.
Scott Deal
Scott Deal has performed throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. He has premiered solo, chamber and mixed media works, and can be heard on the Albany, Centaur, Cold Blue and SCI labels. An artist who “displays phenomenal virtuosity” and delivers a “riveting performance” (Sequenza 21), Deal’s recordings have been described as “soaring, shimmering explorations of resplendent mood and incredible scale”….”sublimely performed”. His recent recording of John Luther Adams’ Four Thousand Holes, for piano, percussion, and electronics was listed in New Yorker Magazine’s 2011 Top Ten Classical Picks. Continually inspired by new and emerging artistic technologies, Deal is the founder of the Telematic Collective, an Internet performance group. In this capacity he has performed at Supercomputing Global, Zerospace, SIGGRAPH, Chicago Calling, IEEE CloudCom, Ingenuity Festival, Internet2 and with groups that include ART GRID, Another Language, Digital Worlds Institute and the Helsinki Computer Orchestra. In 2011, Deal, in the capacity of media artist/producer, together with and composer Matthew Burtner won the coveted Internet2 IDEA Award for their co-creation of Auksalaq, a telematic opera. Deal’s work has received funding from organizations that include Meet the Composer, Lilly Foundation New Frontiers, Indiana Arts Council, Clowes Foundation, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, ConocoPhillips, and the University of Alaska. He resides in Indianapolis, Indiana where he is a Professor of Music and Director of the Donald Louis Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He also serves as artist-faculty on the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory.

Genevieve Déraspe
Born in Iles-de-la-Madeleine, flutist Genevieve Déraspe studied at Université de Montréal with Lise Daoust and after with Raymond Guiot, Kathinka Pasveer and Mario Caroli. She also had the opportunity to work with composers Karlheinz Stockhausen, Kaija Saariaho, Pierre Boulez, Gerard Pape and Ivan Fedele, among others. She participated in internships and summer academies with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt and the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. Dedicatee of about ten pieces for flute, she participates each year in various world premieres. She created among other works by David Adamcyk, Julien Bilodeau, Guilherme Carvalho and Patrick Saint-Denis. She performs regularly in concerts both solo and orchestral or chamber music in cities across Canada and Europe.
Hans-Ola Ericsson
Hans-Ola Ericsson is University Organist at McGill, and the new Chair of  the Organ & Church Music Area in the Schulich School of  Music. Prior to coming to McGill he taught at Luleä University of Technology in Sweden for twenty-five years. He was named permanent guest professor at the Hochshule für Künst in Bremen, Germany in 1996, and he was named to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 2000. He has concertized extensively throughout Europe as well as Japan, Korea, the USA, Russia and Canada. His many recordings include a highly acclaimed complete works of Messiaen. He has served as project leader for several important restorations of  historic organs in Scandinavia, and is currently the leader for a major innovative organ (www.acusticumorgan.com).
Mei Yi Foo
Hailed “a pianist to watch” by BBC Radio 3, “Rising Star” by International Piano, and the winner of the Maria Callas Grand Prix’08 in Athens, Mei Yi Foo has captivated audiences across Europe, the Americas and Asia. She worked alongside conductors such as Christian Arming, Matthias Bamert, Martyn Brabbins, Claus Peter Flor, János Fürst, Kirill Karabits and Christopher Warren-Green; with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and London Chamber Orchestra. Her avid rapport with musicians beings her to direct orchestras such as the Malaysian Philharmonic and the Russian Virtuosi. Mei Yi appears regularly at major festivals world-wide. As a new music advocate, she performed at the Schoenberg Centre in Vienna, Park Lane Group at the Southbank Centre, Pinakothek der Moderne Munich for the Staatoper’s Festpiel+ Series and most recently in Lucerne at the Roche Forum for Unsuk Chin, which earned her an invitation to debut at the Lucerne Festival 2014. A native of Malaysia, Mei Yi resides in London and enjoys playing chamber music with Dimitri Ashkenazy, Shlomy Dobrinsky, Antti Siirala, Ashley Wass, Yuri Zhislin, as well as working with prominent composers such as Dai Fujikura, Chris Paul Harman and Unsuk Chin. Following the success of her debut recording “Recital” which included works by Bach, Bowen, Ravel and Brahms, MeiYi’s new album “Musical Toys” extends her exploration of the 20th/21st century repertoire, featuring works by Gubaidulina, Unsuk Chin and Ligeti. It was recently featured in Norman Lebrecht’s CD of the Week and garnered a 5* review from the BBC Music Magazine.
Friedrich Gauwerky
Born in Hamburg. First Public concert appearances at the age of 12. Several prices in competitions such as “Price of the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg”, “Mendelssohn”-competition and others. World-wide concert-activities as both soloist and chambermusic player as well as soloist with symphony orchestras. Recordings for radio and television stations in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia. LP- and CD-productions for companies like Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft, Ricordi, Etcetera, Ed. M. F. Bauer, ABC Classics and others. Lecturer in Violoncello at tertiary music institutions such as Musikhochschule Köln, Royal Academy of Music London, University of California, University of Adelaide etc. Leads regularly international mastercourses all over Europe, the USA, the CIS and elsewhere.
Zachary Hale
Zachary Hale is a composer and percussionist living in Montréal, Quebec.  He was born and raised in Winter Haven, FL.  In Florida he performed with many traveling artists and Broadway shows such as Legally Blonde, South Pacific, Don Rickles, Jerry Lewis, and Connie Francis.  After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree in music composition, electronic music, and percussion performance in 2011 at the University of South Florida, he decided to move to Montréal to study percussion with Aiyun Huang and Fabrice Marandola at the Schulich School of Music.  At McGill Zachary has been interested in the use of electronics and technology in the performance practice of a percussionist.  Along with Ian Hattwick and Preston Beebe, Zachary was a recipient of the 2012-2013 CIRMMT Director’s Interdisciplinary Excellence Prize and will be helping to develop a new composition and digital instrument for performance.  Currently Zachary is also the student representative of the CIRMMT Research Axis 6: Expanded Musical Practice.  More information on performances and projects can be found at www.zachhalemusic.com.
Kyoko Hashimoto
Kyoko Hashimoto was born in Tokyo and began to study the piano at the age of three.  After graduating from the Toho-Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, she studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Indiana University and the Juilliard School.  She received full scholarships from the Menuhin Academy and the Juilliard School.  Among her teachers were György Sebök, Menahem Pressler, György Janzer, William Masselos, György Sandor, Felix Galimir, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados. Ms. Hashimoto was awarded numerous prizes such as the 1st grand prize and the public prize at the Concours International de Musique Française, the top prize at the Concours Musical de France, and the special prizes at the Budapest International Music Competition and at the Spohr International Competition.  She has recorded many times for TV and radio all over the world including a series of 20 works by Beethoven for Dutch radio.  She has also made more than a dozen CD-recordings, including the early piano pieces (all the Preludes+4 pieces) by Messiaen, 34 piano pieces by Schumann, 24 Preludes by Scriabin combined with 24 Preludes by Shostakovich as well as Schubert  Impromptus and Debussy Preludes Book 2.  She is currently Associate Professor of Piano and Chair of Piano Area at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and was on the piano faculty and the chamber music faculty of the Utrecht Conservatory in Holland for 12 years.  She has been invited many times as a visiting professor at the European Mozart Academy in Poland and in the Czech Republic and at the International Chamber Music Academy in the Czech Republic. as well as at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Trinity College in London.  She has been the Artistic Director of the International Music Workshop and Festival(IMWF) in the Czech Republic, Germany and in Portugal since 2004. She has also given master classes in France, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, the Czech Republic, U.S.A. Holland, Germany, Taiwan and Japan.
Terri Hron
Recorder player and composer Terri Hron comfortably migrates from performance to composition, exploring acoustic and electronic sounds in both written and improvised situations. As a performer, Bird on a Wire is Terri’s ongoing project to commission, perform and record new pieces for recorder and live electronics. Terri performs with groups including the multi-disciplinary SpaceMelt with clarinetist Sam Davidson and visual artist Michael Markowsky and Of A Feather with keyboardist Katelyn Clark. Terri’s compositions span the range from chamber orchestra to acousmatic pieces. Her current composition projects include Sharp Splinter, a set of works for instruments and electronics based on her family archive, and a new work for Spiritus Chamber Choir, Calgary. She is currently a doctoral student in composition at the Université de Montréal with Philippe Leroux and Isabelle Panneton, focusing on composing collaboratively for what she calls the “idiomatic performer.” Many foundations and artist organizations have awarded Terri scholarships, prizes and residencies, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Banff Centre, the Canada Council for the Arts, CIRMMT, OICRM, the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
Aiyun Huang
The ever-evolving Aiyun Huang enjoys a musical life as soloist, chamber musician, researcher and teacher. She was the First Prize and the Audience Award winner at the Geneva International Music Competition in 2002. Her past highlights include performances at the Weill Recital Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s Green Umbrella Series, LACMA Concert Series, Holland Festival, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Agora Festival in Paris, Banff Arts Festival, 7éme Biennale d’Art Contemporaine de Lyon, Vancouver New Music Festival, CBC Radio, La Jolla Summerfest, Scotia Festival, Cool Drummings, Montreal New Music Festival, Centro Nacional Di Las Artes in Mexico City, and National Concert Hall and Theater in Taipei. She is a founding member of Canadian trio Toca Loca with pianists Gregory Oh and Simon Docking. Aiyun has commissioned and championed over 100 works in the last two decades working with composers internationally. She is a researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology in Montreal. In May 2012, Mode Records released Save Percussion Theater featuring Aiyun Huang and friends documenting the important theatrical works in the percussion repertoire. Currently she leads research project Memory in Motionto study memory in percussion ensemble playing. Born in Kaohsiung, a southern city of Taiwan, Aiyun holds a DMA degree from the University of California, San Diego. Between 2004 and 2006, she was a Faculty Fellow at UCSD. Currently she is the Chair of the Percussion Area as well as director of the McGill Percussion Ensemble at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Marjolaine Lambert
Violinist Marjolaine Lambert has been the concertmaster of NOVUS NY, a new music orchestra in residency as the Trinity Wall Street church since its foundation, in May 2011. She has performed and studied with members of Molinari, Orford and Tokyo String Quartets. Her zeal and zest for music have brought her engagements as concertmaster and soloist with many conductors like Julian Wachner, Yuli Turovsky, Peter Oudnjian and Shinik Hahm. Adept of new music, Marjolaine has been an active member of New Music New Haven concert series where she premiered works by David Lang, Bernard Rands and Christopher Theofanidis. She also frequently performs with The Arcos Chamber Orchestra and Le Train Bleu, based in Manhattan. First violin of the Djadin String quartet, Marjolaine explores the world of classical string playing and her involvement in historical period music has led her to perform in the Boston Baroque music festival. Marjolaine’s intellectual curiosity stems beyond music and has led her to mandarin Chinese and French literature. She received her Bachelor of Music from McGill University where she graduated with honors, and her Master of Music from the Yale University School of Music.  Her teachers include Denise Lupien and Ani Kavafian, respectively.  She began her residency as a Doctoral Candidate in Violin Performance at McGill University in the Fall 2010 where her research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Marie-Chantal Leclair
Saxophonist Marie-Chantal Leclair devotes almost all of her time and energy to new music: whether it’s classical contemporary, live electronics, improvised works or even invented instruments, she is acquainted with the many forms musical creation can take in the twenty-first century. The Canadian Music Centre acknowledged her exceptional contribution to the development of Canadian music by granting her in 2009 the title of ambassador. As a founding member and artistic director of the Quasar saxophone quartet, which has been active since 1994, she has given numerous concerts in Montreal, throughout Canada, in the United States and in many European countries. She was involved in the creation of more than 80 works and organized many projects dealing with various aspects of musical creation. Quasar concerts are regularly broadcast on Radio-Canada, the CBC and European radio stations. Winner of four Opus prizes, including ‘performer of the year’, Quasar was featured as a guest soloist ensemble with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, Marie-Chantal Leclair was co-composer and performer in Les Cinq Orients, a concert which won an Opus prize in the ‘Concert of the year : musique actuelle, electroacoustic’ category.  She is also frequently asked to perform with other formations ranging from chamber ensembles to symphony orchestras, having recently played with the Orchestre Appassionata (2010) and the Orchestre métropolitain (2012). She has, amongst many things, performed on a boat sirens organ that was invented by composer Jean-François Laporte. Her lectures and masterclasses throughout Canada and in Europe, notably in the Bordeaux and Lucerne conservatories, were much appreciated.Marie-Chantal Leclair is a vice-president at Le Vivier, a community initiative that regroups more than twenty ensembles and organizations devoted to new music.
Hugues Leclère
Born in France in 1968, Hugues Leclere perfected his playing with Catherine Collard before entering first nominated the conservatoire national superieur de musique de Paris, from which he graduated with high honors in piano, music theory, and chamber music. He performs all other the world, in the USA (Cleveland, Bloomington, Boston, San Antonio…) and Canada (Montreal), in far east countries (Japan, China, Thailand), and in most of European countries : in France (Cite de la musique, Radio France, Chopin festival in Nohant), Netherlands (Concertgebouw and opera in Amsterdam), Deutschland (Musikhalle in Hambourg), Russia, Italy, Spain, Portugal (Coimbra Festival)… He is invited by many orchestras (Camerata of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Lorraine, National Orchestra of Auvergne, Sate Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Symphony and Opera Orchestra of Nancy, Minsk orchestra, Samara National Orchestra, , Timisoara Orchestra, the Ensemble Itinéraire…), directed by Jacques Mercier, Jean-Pierre Wallez, Arie Van Beek, Mikhail Shcerbakov, Ondrej Lenard, Sébastian Lang-Lessing, Enrique Batiz, Manuel Hernandez-Silva, …As outstanding interpreter of Debussy, Ravel and their contemporaries, Hughes Leclere confirms his full maturity in German repertoire (Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms…) in which he performs solo or in chamber music. He gives concerts with Augustin Dumay, the Streichquintett of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the soloists of Paris Orchestra, Talich, Modigliani and Amarcord quartets… His passion for Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven brought him to research the original sonority of classical instruments. He owns a copy of Stein’s instrument which ideally fits with the masterpieces of late eighteen’s century. His discography contains 13 recordings including world premiere like Ladurner Sonatas opus 4 on classical instrument or Witkovski violin sonata. In 2011, will be published live recordings of Mozart K488 and Ravel G major concerti with Prague national radio orchestra. As active participant in contemporary artistic life, Hughes Leclere works with many composers, contributing to commissions for new works. Furthermore, he proposes various original shows intermingling different artistic expressions, with the french comedians Alain Carré and Marie-Chrstine Barrault or the Mexican painter Ruben Maya in particular. In addition to his career as a concert artist, Hugues Leclère teaches at the CRR of Paris conservatory and is the artistic director of the international festival Nancyphonies.
Fabrice Marandola
Fabrice Marandola is a professor of Percussion and Contemporary Music at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (Montreal). A former student of Jacques Delecluse and Jean Geoffroy, he is the recipient of the First Prize at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris – where he instructed Pedagogy from 2002-2005. He was a former professor of percussion at the conservatories of Angers and Grenoble in France, and an invited professor at the Crane School of Music of the State University of New York in Potsdam. Marandola has an active career on the New Music scene, commissioning and performing new works for solo and chamber ensembles. He is a founding member of Canadian percussion ensemble Sixtrum and duo Akrostickwith Kristie Ibrahim. Marandola is Associate Director, Artistic Research of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology of Montreal (CIRMMT). He also holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from Paris IV-Sorbonne and has conducted in-depth field-research in Cameroon.

Shawn Mativetsky

Versatile percussionist Shawn Mativetsky performs in a variety of musical genres with dynamism and skill. Equally at home in Indian classical music, world music, and contemporary/new music, Shawn also composes and performs for dance and theatre. Exponent of the Benares gharana, and disciple of the legendary Pandit Sharda Sahai, Shawn Mativetsky is a highly sought-after tabla performer and educator. He is active in the promotion of the tabla and North Indian classical music through lectures, workshops, and performances across Canada and internationally. Based in Montreal, Shawn teaches tabla and percussion at McGill University. His solo CD, Payton MacDonald: Works for Tabla, was released in 2007, and Cycles, his new CD of Canadian compositions for tabla was released in the fall of 2011.
John Miller

John Miller began his musical life playing cornet in a local brass band in Fife, Scotland. His professional performing career was based in London as a member of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, the Philharmonia Orchestra, London, and the Wallace Collection. John joined the staff of Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester in 1999, as Director of Brass Studies. He has enjoyed long and successful associations with both the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the European Union Youth Orchestra. His educational work with young musicians is internationally acclaimed – in 1993 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Guildhall School, in 2006 a Fellowship of the RNCM, and in 2010 Professorial title of RNCM.

Michèle Motard
Michèle Motard is a versatile artist, whose talent as a singer is recognized as much for her skills singing traditional music as for contemporary music. From 2002 to 2005, she was a member of L’Ensemble de musique médiévale Anonymus (Anonymus Medieval Music Ensemble), and performed extensively with the group in Quebec, Canada and France. During the same period, she sang in the play Les Trois Soeurs (The Three Sisters) by Chekhov, directed by Wajdi Mouawad, a production that was performed at the Trident in Quebec City, at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde in Montreal, and in cities in France. In her more recent performances, she has worked with l’Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (Montreal Contemporary Ensemble), in Microphone Songs by Michel Gonneville and in the creation of Pesma by Ana Sokolovic in its original production. Since 2006, she has created a performance-opera by Jimmie LeBlanc with the ensemble Enfants Terribles, and has sung Le Pierrot Lunaire by Schoenberg with theatrical and vocal ease. In the fall of 2009, she was casted the role of ‘Feintise’ for Chants Libres, in the world premiere of L’eau qui danse, la pomme qui chante et l’oiseau qui dit la vérité by Gilles Tremblay. In 2010, she will be reprising her role in Les Trois Soeurs by Chekhov in Moscow. Since 2005, she has also participated in the composition and singing of many film scores.
Guy Pelletier
Guy Pelletier, flutes, has many varied experiences: soloist, chamber musician, and improviser. He is comfortable in all musical idioms and has played with contemporary, classical, jazz, rock, and world-music groups. For the past several years, he has taken a very serious interest in flutes from other cultures such as the Indian bansuri, the Chinese dize, the Arabic nay and the Bolivian quena. Guy recorded for dozens of Canadian, American, French, as well as German radio concerts and performances in addition to close to forty CDs of various productions. He was a member of Montreal’s Nouvel Ensemble Moderne contemporary music ensemble for 17 years and the woodwind quintet Pentaèdre for 14 years. Aside from Transmission, he is also now a member of Saïd Mesnaoui’s Moroccan music group and of the Traces tandem founded in 1990 with percussionist, Julien Grégoire. He teaches flute at Montreal’s Concordia University and at Trois-Rivières College, east of Montreal.
Xenia Pestova
Xenia Pestova is a concert pianist with an unusual and colourful profile. As a dedicated promoter of music by living composers, she has commissioned, premiered, recorded and broadcast numerous new works, and is a frequent collaborator on the creation of interdisciplinary projects with new technologies. She is also currently the Head of Performance at the Bangor University School of Music in North Wales.
Xenia has appeared at international festivals including Archipel (Geneva), Christchurch Arts Festival (New Zealand), Musica (Strasbourg), MusiMars (Montreal), Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Rainy Days(Luxembourg), Royaumont (France), Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music (Belfast) and Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts (Minneapolis). As a concerto and ensemble soloist, she has performed withECM+ (Montreal), Stroma (New Zealand), United Instruments of Lucilin (Luxembourg) and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra amongst others. She has a duo with Amsterdam-based pianist Pascal Meyer, widely praised in the international press for their recent recording of Stockhausen’s “Mantra” for the Naxos label, which won a Diapason d’Or award (France). Her awards include the unanimous First Prize at the Xavier Montsalvatge International Piano Competition in Girona, Spain, and prizes at the Messiaen International Piano Competition in Paris and the KeriKeri Piano Competition in New Zealand, as well as prizes and project support grants from organisations such as the New Zealand Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. In addition to her love for the piano, she enjoys performing on other keyboard instruments and interfaces, including her growing collection of toy pianos. She is a Schoenhut Toy Piano Concert Artist.
Rachid Safir
In 1977, as a singer, he founded A Sei Voci, an ensemble of soloists that met with great success. Then, in 1988, Rachid Safir founded Les Jeunes Solistes, which he would direct and would become Solistes XXI in 2011. With this group, he tackles the most varied repertoires: mediaeval, baroque, contemporary, and in particular, Carlo Gesualdo, Claude Vivier, Klaus Huber…Today, Rchid Safir is concentrating exclusively on conducting choirs, les Solistes XXI, the renowned ensemble that has been premiering new works in Europe for more than twenty years.