Concert in memory of Jacqueline Desmarais with the Conservatoire’s Great String Orchestra

Date: March 13, 2018 Author: russell@festivalmontreal.org Categories: News | Press Releases
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Conservatoire de musique de Montréal

Concert in memory of Jacqueline Desmarais with the
Conservatoire’s Great String Orchestra

Montreal,  March 12  2018 — The Conservatoire de musique de Montréal will pay tribute to Ms. Jacqueline Desmarais during their next Great String Orchestra concerts, directed by conductor and cellist Denis Brott, on Saturday March 24 at 7:30 pm and Sunday March 25 at 3 pm, in the Conservatory Concert Hall. Cellist Stéphane Tétreault, a protégé of this great patron of the arts, will be featured as guest soloist.

The concert will open with Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto in G minor, RV 531, featuring cellists Stéphane Tétreault and Denis Brott. Stéphane Tétreault will then perform the Andante cantabile for Cello, op. 11 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The second part of the concert will present young percussionist Nicolas Lapointe, a student of Hugues Tremblay, in the 1st and 2nd movements of Emmanuel Séjourné's Concerto for Marimba. Lastly, Denis Brott will lead the Serenade for Strings op. 22 in E major by Antonin Dvořák.

Denis Brott is recognized internationally as one of Canada's foremost musicians. The list of great musicians with whom he studied is considered the pantheon of the best cellists in the world. He has won numerous awards and honors, including the Munich International Cello Competition; the Merriweather Post Competition; the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition; the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Award and the New York Affiliate Artists Award. He has played as a soloist with all major Canadian Orchestras, under the direction of renowned conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Franz-Paul Decker, Mario Bernardi and Yoav Talmi. Denis Brott is the Artistic Director of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival. Professor of cello and chamber music at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, he also conducts the Conservatoire’s Great String Orchestra.

A true prodigy, holder of innumerable prizes and distinctions, Stéphane Tétreault is soloist of the very first European tour of the Orchestre Métropolitain, directed by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He was selected in the Gautier Capuçon Cello Excellence Class from the Louis Vuitton Foundation, and was awarded the Career Development Award from the Women's Musical Club of Toronto. In 2013, he received the first-ever Fernand-Lindsay Career Grant from the Father Lindsay Foundation, as well as the Jeunesses Musicales of Canada's Choquette-Symcox Award. First Prize winner at the 2007 Standard Life-OSM Symphony Orchestra Competition, he was named Révélation Radio-Canada 2011-2012 in the classical music category, was recipient of the Opus Prize of the Discovery of the Year, and was crowned Personality of the Week by the daily La Presse in 2012. For the last 3 years, he has been among the prized list of CBC Radio’s top 30 musicians under 30. He has shared the stage with famous violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov, as well as with pianist Alexandre Tharaud; he has worked with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Kent Nagano, Paul McCreesh, Julian Kuerti, Timothy Vernon, James Feddeck, and many more. Stéphane Tétreault plays on the Stradivarius cello "Countess Stainlein, Ex-Paganini" from 1707, loaned by Madame Jacqueline Desmarais.

Concert in memory of Jacqueline Desmarais
Great String Orchestra
Saturday March 24, 7 :30 pm and Sunday March 25 at 3:00 pm.
Concert Hall, 4750, Henri-Julien avenue, Montreal

Tickets : 15 $ | Conservatoire Box Office (Tuesday through Friday, 2 to 6PM) | ADMISSION (1 855 790-1245)
Door opens one hour before the performance | Information : 514 873-4031

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Danielle Boucher
Concerts and communications service
Conservatoire de musique de Montréal
Tél. : 514 873-4031, poste 228