In keeping with our tradition of uncovering young talent, we present Moments musicaux, a virtual concert series featuring 10 Canadian artists and ensembles.
Recorded at JM Canada’s André Bourbeau House and broadcast between August 20 and September 10, 2021, these select 40-minute concerts will be available for free for a year.
We hope you enjoy!
Moments musicaux Concerts
With Moments musicaux, pianist Xiaoyu Liu offers a free classical music concert where you will witness an elegant and virtuoso performance. Xiaoyu explores the repertoire of the composers Rameau and Beethoven. He performs Beethoven’s famous “Hammerklavier” sonata, among others. And if the great pianist Busoni said that life was too short to learn and play “Hammerklavier”, Xiaoyu proves the contrary by performing the 1st and 4th movements for us.
A true keyboard athlete, Xiaoyu was awarded the Grand Prize of the MSO Competition in 2012 at the age of 15. He was awarded the Prix d’Europe in 2015 and represented Radio-Canada at the Prix Jeune Soliste in 2015 and 2017. In 2019, he is part of the CBC’s 30 under 30 list of classical musicians. He has also made several recordings with ICI Musique.
If you don’t already know him, you will be charmed by his ardour and the accuracy of his playing with a musical instrument he masters brilliantly.
A guitarist with an extraordinary career, with Moments musicaux, Tommy Dupuis offers a classical music concert where you will hear his guitar sing. A master of his instrument and a poet in his interpretation, Tommy invites you into the daring universe of Bach, Mertz, Brouwer and Garcia Abril. He is accompanied on the piano by Eun Jung Park.
Recipient of the Coup de Coeur 2020 award at the Canadian Music Competition, Tommy is fully dedicated to music after having entered the School of Music of Sherbrooke University in classical guitar, and this, after having started his musical career in college, with a double DEC in natural sciences and music in jazz guitar interpretation.
Tommy was a discovery for us during the Canadian composition competition Do Mi Si La Do Ré (Domicile adoré) where he received a scholarship from the JM Canada Foundation in 2020.
This free concert will introduce you to a friendly and expressive artist who will touch you with his heartfelt interpretation and will make you live a unique experience through his music.
The young soprano Klara Martel-Laroche, accompanied on the piano by Rosane Lajoie, offers you with Moments musicaux a free classical music concert where you will discover a playful, curious and committed artist. You will be able to feel all the pleasure that singing gives her in her interpretation of pieces by Massenet, Finzi, Schumann, Mozart and Aboulker.
Klara is a versatile performer, trained in theatre and circus, and is currently pursuing her graduate studies at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Comfortable in both opera and musical theatre, her roles include Cinderella in Massenet’s opera of the same name, Prince Orlofsky in Strauss son’s Die Fledermaus, Claudine in Offenbach’s La fille du tambour-major, and Sharon Graham in Les leçons de Maria Callas, presented at the last Festival d’opéra de Québec.
Klara is the recipient of the Monique-Barry Scholarship from the Conservatory Foundation and the Ratycz-Myre Scholarship offered by Opéra Bouffe du Québec. In 2019, she was awarded third place at the CFMTA Conference Vocal Competition.
Let yourself be carried away by the acting, singing and passion of this talented artist for whom singing is synonymous with liberation.
For this classical music concert of the Moments musicaux, the Barocudas offer you to dive into a baroque era full of freshness, which speaks of their desire to combine creativity and musicality. With a high level of interpretation, this surprising trio interprets Schmelzer, Fontana, Rossi and Farina for your listening enjoyment.
We discovered the Barocudas by extension of the violinist Marie Nadeau-Tremblay, who was named 2021 Révélation Radio-Canada in classical music.
Composed of Marie Nadeau-Tremblay on the violin, Nathan Mondry (replaced here by Charles Laliberté) on the harpsichord, and Ryan Gallagher on the viola da gamba, the Barocudas trio was formed during their studies at McGill University. Released in 2020, La peste, their first album on the ATMA Classique label, was named one of the CBC’s Top 20 Classical Albums and earned a nomination for the 2021 Juno Awards.
Experience music as an expression of one’s inner self with all the freedom and passion that can entail.
A sought-after versatile musician, harpist Antoine Malette-Chénier will showcase the breadth of his classical music expertise in this Moments musicaux concert. Creative and innovative, Antoine will transport you with the works of Bach, Dubut, Liszt, Trabaci, Glinka and Lizotte, while moving from the triple baroque harp to the modern classical harp.
Antoine is principal harp of the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières and has performed with several ensembles in Canada, France and the United States. His repertoire ranges from the Renaissance and the Baroque, on period instruments, to contemporary music. A recipient of numerous awards, he received the first prize at the 2013 OSM Standard Life Competition, the 2014 Michael Measures Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as three first places at the Canadian Music Competition.
Through this concert, discover the nobility and intimate atmosphere brought by a rich and subtle musical instrument, with a harpist who will make you dream.
Moments musicaux presents a free classical music concert with flutist Lindsay Bryden accompanied on the piano by Frédéric Lacroix. A curious and humble artist, Lindsay invites you to hear the varied colours of the flute. Because she likes to revive rarely heard or forgotten pieces, this concert will take you into the world of Widor, Griffes, Smit and Borne.
A graduate of the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy in the United Kingdom, Lindsay is currently working on her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. She performed a recital as part of the National Arts Centre’s Rising Star series in 2016, which was broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which named her Young Artist of the Year.
We discovered her in 2020, with the JM Canada Foundation’s Canadian composition competition Do Mi Si La Do Ré (Domicile adoré).
Listen to this passionate flute player who does justice to the versatility of her instrument with an assumed mastery.
The pleasure of making music together is what this Moments musicaux classical music concert offers us with the Trio de l’Île, composed of Uliana Drugova on the violin, Dominique Beauséjour-Ostiguy on cello and Patil Harboyan on the piano. The Trio de l’Île will explore the musical riches of Brahms and Fauré, allowing you to not only see the ease of their playing, but also the great attention they pay to each other and to the composers they perform.
Formed in 2015, the members of the Trio de l’Île met at a music competition while students. All three are former grant recipients of the Fondation de soutien aux arts de Laval (FSAL) and are now ambassadors of the organization. Finalists at the 24th edition of the Opus Awards in the category Concert of the Year – Classical, Romantic, Post-Romantic and Impressionist Music, the Trio de l’Île recently released its first album.
This sensitive concert will be full of energy, brightness and audacity.
Clarinetist Louis-Benoît Caron makes his instrument sing with pleasure in this Moments musicaux classical music concert. Accompanied on the piano by Bruce Gaulin, Louis-Benoît will present to you the richness of his tone and great musicality through pieces by Verdi, Gaubert, Weber and Brahms.
Louis-Benoît started private lessons in 2014 at Cégep de Sainte-Foy. That same year, he was named the grand prize winner of the Musical Expression Award of the college. He then continued his musical studies at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec. Louis-Benoît will begin his master’s degree in performance at McGill University in September 2021. In 2019, he won first place in his category at the Canadian Music Competition. Recipient of numerous awards, Louis-Benoît is, among others, a scholarship holder of the Conservatoire de musique de Québec and the Faculty of Music of Laval University. In 2020, the Conservatory Foundation awarded him the Sandra and Alain Bouchard Scholarship for the excellence of his academic career and his involvement in his student community.
An expressive and exuberant musician, let yourself be transported with Louis-Benoît by the joyful sound of the clarinet.
Moments musicaux with the Cobalt Quartet will bring you a colourful classical music concert with a modern and varied musical approach. The repertoire presented will take you on a journey through time, moving from the 18th century to the 21st century with pieces by Gardel, Dvořák, Piazzolla, Ravel, as well as a piece composed by Benjamin Rota, violist of the Cobalt Quartet.
Increasingly active, the quartet undertook its first tour of France in 2019 and is multiplying collaborations with internationally renowned artists. Founded in 2017 at the University of Montreal, the ensemble is also a collaborating quartet at Domaine Forget since 2018.
Formed for the occasion with Simon Alexandre replacing Guillaume Villeneuve on violin, Aliza Thibodeau replacing Diane Bayard on violin, Benjamin Rota on viola and François Leclerc on cello, the Cobalt Quartet offers a colourful program in line with its desire to make classical music accessible to a wider audience.
An energetic and spontaneous artist, pianist Yuyang Xie offers with Moments musicaux a classical music concert in which we are exposed to all his sensitivity and musicality. The composers Ravel, Rachmaninoff and Chopin form the repertoire of this concert played with great emotion.
Yuyang studies piano as a soloist at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, USA. He started the piano at the age of 5, then studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau from 2008 to 2017. He has competed in several music competitions in Canada, winning numerous awards and scholarships, including the grand prize in the 19–25 category of the 2019 Canadian Music Competition. He has performed as a soloist for several orchestras and has been a member of the Trio Neutrino ensemble since 2013. Yuyang is also pursuing degrees in mathematics and economics at the University of Rochester.
Discover a strong and generous performer with this concert and immerse yourself in the power of his musical world.