Les Violons Du Roy

Biography

The chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy takes its name from the renowned string orchestra of the court of the French kings. The group, which has a core membership of fifteen players, was brought together in 1984 by founding conductor Bernard Labadie and specializes in the vast repertoire of music for chamber orchestra, performed in the stylistic manner most appropriate to each era. Although the ensemble plays on modern instruments, its approach to the works of the Baroque and Classical periods has been strongly influenced by current research into performance practice in the 17th and 18th centuries; in this repertoire Les Violons du Roy uses copies of period bows. The orchestra also regularly delves into the repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries, as witnessed by its recordings of works by Piazzolla, Bartók, and Britten.

Les Violons du Roy is at the heart of the music scene in Québec City, where it has been in residence at the Palais Montcalm since 2007. Since 1997, it has also been an important part of Montreal’s cultural scene. The orchestra is well known throughout Canada thanks to numerous concerts and recordings broadcast by Société Radio-Canada and the CBC and its regular presence at music festivals. Les Violons du Roy has given dozens of performances in Austria, Belgium, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and United States, among others in the company of such renowned soloists as Magdalena Kožená, David Daniels, Vivica Genaux, and Alexandre Tharaud, including two guest appearances at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. A recent highlight in the ensemble’s history was its acclaimed performance at the Berlin Philharmonie with Magdalena Kožená during its January 2014 European tour, which also included stops in London, Brussels, and Paris.

Since its first performance in Washington in 1995, Les Violons du Roy has extended its performance network in the United States and now makes regular stops in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The orchestra is heard frequently on NPR in the United States and is now represented by Opus 3 Artists. A recent high point was the performances in 2009 of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with La Chapelle de Québec at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. They returned to Carnegie Hall to present Bach’s St. John’s Passion in 2012 and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in 2015. The concerts received very positive reviews, in particular from The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. The orchestra also toured the United States in 2012 with flute player Emmanual Pahud, in 2013 with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, in 2015 with pianist Marc-André Hamelin, and in 2016 with pianist Alexandre Tharaud.

The thirty-one recordings made by Les Violons du Roy have been acclaimed by critics and earned many distinctions and awards at the national and international levels. Of twelve CDs released by Dorian, two won Juno Awards (Apollo e Dafne (Handel) and Requiem (Mozart)). Since 2004, the association with the Québec label ATMA has led to eleven CDs, including Water Music, winner of a Félix Award in 2008; Piazzolla, conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni and winner of a Juno Award in 2006; Mozart, Opera and Concert Arias with soprano Karina Gauvin released in March 2014; La Cigale et Les Violons with Catherine Perrin, released in September 2014; and Vivaldi, conducted by Mathieu Lussier, released in March 2016. The group’s first collaboration with the multinational Virgin Classics label led to the release in fall 2006 of a CD of cantata arias by Handel and Hasse with US mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux. Two other Virgin Classics released in 2011 feature C.P.E. Bach’s cello concertos with the Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk and J.S. Bach’s keyboard concertos with the French pianist Alexandre Tharaud. A recording of opera arias by Mozart, Haydn, Gluck, and Graun with contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux was launched in 2012, followed by a Hyperion recording of Haydn concertos with pianist Marc-André Hamelin in March 2013. Two recordings appeared in October 2013: one on Analekta with harpist Valérie Milot in works for harp and orchestra and the other produced together with Diane Dufresne. Alexandre Tharaud, Mozart, Haydn, Jeunehomme was released in September 2014 under the Erato label.

 
Outline History

2016

• Bernard Labadie, together with French pianist Alexandre Tharaud, is awarded the Prix Samuel de Champlain in Paris on January 8, 2016. The award is made each year by the France–Canada Institute, the Canadian section of France–Amériques, to two personalities—one Canadian and one French— in recognition of their efforts to share their respective cultures with audiences in France and Canada. (January 8, 2016)

• Les Violons du Roy winners of 2014-2015 Opus Awards for the Concert of the Year - Québec City, for Le Messie and for International Touring (February 7, 2016).

• Bernard Labadie returns to the Palais Montcalm stage with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec to perform Mozart’s Requiem and C Minor Mass 18 months after being struck by a cancer of the immune system. (February 10, 2016)

• Release of the CD Vivaldi directed by Mathieu Lussier on ATMA label. This is the 31st CD of Les Violons du Roy and their tenth on ATMA label. (March 11, 2016)

• North America Tour (Los Angeles CA, Wheaton IL, West Lafayette IN, Goshen IN, Winnipeg and Calgary) with pianist Alexandre Tharaud (April 2016)

• Bernard Labadie is made a Compagnon des arts et des lettres du Québec by Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for his outstanding contributions to the arts in Quebec society. (June 13, 2016)

2015

• The recording Karina Gauvin, Mozart, Opera and Concert Arias is nominated for a Juno award in the category Classical album of the year: vocal or choral performance (January 27, 2015)

• Les Violons du Roy winners of 2013-2014 Opus Award for the Concert of the Year - Québec City, for Solomon. Opus are awarded by Le Conseil québécois de la musique. (February 1st, 2015)

• North America Tour (Ottawa and Kingston ON, Troy NY, Easton PA, Kansas City MO, Baltimore MD, Charlottesville VA, Denver CO, Beaver Creek CO, Santa Fe NM) with pianist Marc-André Hamelin. (March 2015)

• Release of the CD Fratres, a compilation album featuring recordings released on ATMA label since 2004, including Fratres by Arvo Pärt relased here for the first time. This is the 30th CD of Les Violons du Roy and their ninth on ATMA label. (April 2015)

• Purcell Dido and Aeneas presented by Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec, directed by Richard Egarr, at Carnegie Hall in New York City, on April 12, 2015.

• Grétry Zémire et Azor presented by Les Violons du Roy, in collaboration with Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, with the participation of École nationale de théâtre du Canada, directed by Denys Arcand, conducted by Mathieu Lussier, on May 23rd at Maison symphonique de Montréal and May 27th at Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm in Quebec City.

• The recording La Cigale et Les Violons is nominated for a Felix award from ADISQ in the category Classical album of the year: orchestra and large ensemble (September 23, 2015)

2014

• Europe Tour (London Barbican Centre, Berlin Philharmonic, Brussels Centre for Fine Arts, Paris Théâtre des Champs-Élysées) with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená. (January 2014)

• Les Violons du Roy winners of 2012-2013 Opus Award for the Concert of the Year - Québec City, for Theodora. Opus are awarded by Le Conseil québécois de la musique. (January 26, 2014)

• Release of the CD Karina Gauvin, Mozart, Opera and Concert Arias recorded at Raoul-Jobin Hall of Palais Montcalm in Quebec City with soprano Karina Gauvin. This is the 27th CD of Les Violons du Roy and their seventh on ATMA label (March 2014).

• The recording Valérie Milot Concertos for Harp is nominated for a Felix award from ADISQ in the category Classical album of the year: orchestra and large ensemble (September 10, 2014)

• The recording Karina Gauvin, Mozart, Opera and Concert Arias is nominated for a Felix award from ADISQ in the category Classical album of the year: vocal performance (September 10, 2014)

• Release of the CD La Cigale et Les Violons recorded at Raoul-Jobin Hall of Palais Montcalm in Quebec City with harpsichordist and narrator Catherine Perrin. This is the 28th CD of Les Violons du Roy and their eighth on ATMA label (September 12, 2014).

• Release of the CD Alexandre Tharaud, Mozart, Haydn, Jeunehomme recorded at Domaine Forget. This is the 29th CD of Les Violons du Roy and their first on Erato label (September 30, 2014).

• Europe Tour (Bilbao in Spain, Perpignan, Merignac, Toulouse, Versailles and Paris in France, Frankfurt, Essen et Köln in Germany, Ljubljana in Slovenia) with pianiste Alexandre Tharaud, notably at Theatre des Champs-Elysees (October 2014).

• West Canada Tour (Edmonton, Abbotsford, Salt Spring Island, White Rock, Sechelt, Vernon, Penticton, Trail) with associate conductor Mathieu Lussier and horn player Louis-Philippe Marsolais (November 2014)

2013

• Les Violons du Roy winners of the 2011-2012 Opus Award for International Touring, awarded by Le Conseil québécois de la musique (January 27, 2013).

• Les Violons du Roy wins the 2013 Fidéides award for Cultural Enterprise of the Year for their outstanding performance and contribution to the economic development of the Quebec City area. The award is handed out every year by the Quebec City Chamber of Commerce and Industry (March 14, 2013).

• Release of the CD Haydn Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 11 recorded at Raoul-Jobin Hall of Palais Montcalm in Quebec City with the pianist Marc-André Hamelin. This is the 24th CD of Les Violons du Roy and their first on Hyperion label (March 26, 2013).

• USA Tour (Elizabethtown , North Bethesda, Chicago, Berkeley, Charlottesville, Oneonta, Amherst) with the mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe. (October 2013)

• Release of the CD Valérie Milot Concertos for Harp recorded at Raoul-Jobin Hall of Palais Montcalm in Quebec City with the harpist Valérie Milot. This is the 25th CD of Les Violons du Roy and their first on ANALEKTA label. (October 2013)

• Release of the CD Diane Dufresne et Les Violons du Roy. This is the 26th CD of Les Violons du Roy. (October 2013)

2012

• North America Tour (Kansas City, Ann Arbour, Baltimore, Easton, Hillside, Buffalo, Toronto) with recorder player Maurice Steger. (January-February 2012)

• Bach St. John Passion presented by Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec directed by Bernard Labadie, at Carnegie Hall in New York City, on March 25, 2012.

• Mexico Tour (Guadalajara, Lagos de Moreno, Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City) in May 2012.

• Les Violons du Roy concerts with Michel Legrand at Palais Montcalm on June 7 and 8, and at Centre d’arts Orford on June 9, 2012.

• Release of the CD Opera Arias Gluck Haydn Mozart recorded at Raoul-Jobin Hall of Palais Montcalm in Quebec City with the mezzo-soprano Marie-Nicole Lemieux. This is the 23rd CD of Les Violons du Roy and their first on NAÏVE label. (September 2012)

• Mexico Tour in Guanajuato (Festival internacional Cervantino) and in Saltillo (Festival internacional de las artes Coahuila) in October 2012.

• North America Tour (Ithaca, Ottawa, New York Carnegie Hall, Chicago, Austin, Buffalo, Toronto) with flutist Emmanuel Pahud. (October 2012)

2011

 • Les Violons du Roy winners of 2009-2010 Opus Award for the Concert of the Year - Québec City, for Concert du 25e anniversaire. Opus are awarded by Le Conseil québécois de la musique (January 30, 2011).

• The recording Britten, Les Illuminations is nominated for a Juno award in the category Classical album of the year: vocal or choral performance (February 1st, 2011)

• The recording Bonbons is in nominated for a Juno award in the category Classical album of the year: large ensemble or soloist(s) with large ensemble accompaniment (February 1st, 2011)

• Release of the CD Truls Mork – C.P.E. Bach’s Cello Concertos recorded at Raoul-Jobin Hall of Palais Montcalm in Québec City with the cellist Truls Mork. This is the 21st CD of Les Violons du Roy and their second on VIRGIN CLASSICS label. (March 2011)

• USA Tour (Costa Mesa, La Jolla, Berkeley, Seattle, Chicago and New York) with tenor Ian Bostridge, among others Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa and New York Carnegie Hall in April-May 2011

• The recording Bonbons is nominated for a Felix award from ADISQ in the category Classical album of the year: orchestra and large ensemble (September 2011)

• The recording Britten, Les Illuminations is nominated for a Felix award from ADISQ in the category Classical album of the year: vocal performance (September 2011)

• Release of the CD Alexandre Tharaud –J.S. Bach Keyboard Concertos recorded at Raoul-Jobin Hall of Palais Montcalm in Québec City with the pianist Alexandre Tharaud. This is the 22nd CD of Les Violons du Roy and their third on VIRGIN CLASSICS label. (September 2011)

• Europe Tour (Groningen, Besancon, Geneva, St-Etienne, Grenoble, Paris, Merignac, La Rochelle) with pianiste Alexandre Tharaud, notably in Paris for the reopening of Theatre des Champs-Elysees. (November 2011)

2010

• Les Violons du Roy winners of one 2008-2009 Opus Award for the Concert of the Year - Classical, Romantic, Postromantic or Impressionnist, for Impressions russes. Opus are awarded by Le Conseil québécois de la musique. (January 31, 2010)

• Bernard Labadie honoured as the Le Soleil – Radio-Canada Grand Lauréat for 2009.

• The recording Bartók is nominated for a JUNO award in the category "Best Classical Album — Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment". (April 2010)

• Release of the CD Britten, Les Illuminations recorded at Raoul-Jobin Hall of Palais Montcalm in Québec City with the soprano Karina Gauvin. This is the 19th CD of Les Violons du Roy and their fifth on ATMA label. (August 31, 2010)

• Release of the CD Bonbons recorded at Raoul-Jobin Hall of Palais Montcalm in Québec City. This is the 20th CD of Les Violons du Roy and their sixth on ATMA label. (October 26, 2010)

2009            

• Water Music tour in USA (Williamsport, Troy, Berea, Wilmore, Costa Mesa and Pasadena), among others Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, CA, in February, 2009.

• Two concerts in Israel during the 11th Felicja Blumental International Music Festival in Tel Aviv. (May 2009)

• Bernard Labadie receives the Fondation de l'OSQ Award attributed by Les Prix d'excellence des arts et de la culture of the Conseil de la culture des régions de Québec et de Chaudière-Appalaches. (November 25, 2009)

• Handel Messiah and Bach Christmas Oratorio presented by Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec directed by Bernard Labadie, at Carnegie Hall in New York City, respectively on December 11 and 12, 2009.

• Handel Messiah presented by Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec directed by Bernard Labadie at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on December 15 and 16, 2009.

2008

• The recording Water Music is nominated for a JUNO award in the category "Best Classical Album — Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment". (February 2008)

• Bernard Labadie receives the Banff Centre’s National Arts Award. (May 31, 2008)

• Bernard Labadie receives an honorary doctorate in music from Université Laval in Québec City. (June 15, 2008)

• Release of the CD Bartόk recorded at Raoul-Jobin Hall of Palais Montcalm in Québec City. This is the 18th CD of Les Violons du Roy and their fourth on ATMA label. (September 28, 2008)

• FÉLIX Award to the CD Water Music in the category "Classical album — Orchestra and large ensemble ». (October 2008)

2007

• Bernard Labadie made a member of the Académie des Grands Québécois 2007, a title awarded by the Québec City Chamber of Commerce to outstanding Quebecers for their contribution to the development of society. (January 29, 2007)

• First concert by Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec conducted by Bernard Labadie in the Raoul Jobin Hall at the Palais Montcalm in Québec City, after five years without a permanent base. Program: Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt. (March 23 and 24, 2007)

• The Piazzolla CD wins the JUNO Award for "best classical album — solo artist or chamber orchestra” (April).

• Europe tour (Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Rheingau Festival in Germany) with mezzo-soprano américain Vivica Genaux. (July 17 to 21, 2007)

• The recording Piazzolla is nominated for a Felix award from ADISQ in the category Classical album of the year: orchestra and large ensemble (October 21, 2007)

• The recording Rencontre jazz et classique is nominated for a Felix award from ADISQ in the category Classical album of the year: jazz creation (October 21, 2007)

• Pergolesi and Vivaldi Stabat Mater USA tour (Kalamazoo, Chicago, Kansas City, Ruston, Thomasville, Charlottesville) with Karina Gauvin, soprano, and Matthew White, alto. (November 1 st to 13, 2007)

• Release of the CD Water Music recorded at Raoul-Jobin Hall of Palais Montcalm in Québec City. This is the 17th CD of Les Violons du Roy and their third on ATMA label. (Novembre 6, 2007)

2006

• CD Psalm 51 and Cantata 82 by J.S. Bach wins a Classical Internet Award 2005 in the early music category (January 20, 2006)

• Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec winners of two 2004-2005 Opus Award for the Concert of the Year - Québec City and Concert of the Year - Classical, Romantic, Postromantic or Impressionnist, for the Mozart Requiem. Bernard Labadie wins Special Opus Award as Artistic Director. Opus are awarded by Le Conseil québécois de la musique. (January 22, 2006)

• Bernard Labadie is Personality of the week in La Presse. (January 29, 2006)

• USA Tour (Berkeley, Los Angeles, Grinnell, Cedar Rapids, Morrow and New York) with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, among others Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall and New York Carnegie Hall in February 2006.

• Bernard Labadie awarded the medal La Gloire de l’Escolle by Laval University. (May 9, 2006)

• Bernard Labadie is made Knight of the Ordre national du Québec (June 1st, 2006)

• Release of the CD Vivica Genaux –Handel and Hasse Arias. This is the 14th CD of Les Violons du Roy and their first on Virgin Classics label. (Septembre 26, 2006)

• Release of the CD Piazzolla. This is the 15th CD of Les Violons du Roy and their second on ATMA Classique label. (October 3, 2006)

• Touring production of Mozart’s Requiem with La Chapelle de Québec in Texas and California (Austin, College Station, Costa Mesa, Napa) and soloists Hélène Guilmette, Michèle Losier, Colin Balzer and John Fanning. (October and November, 2006)

• The concert recording of Stabat Mater settings by Vivaldi and Pergolesi, produced by Constellations 2001 on January 27, 2005 in the Saint-Roch church in Québec City with soloists Karina Gauvin and Marie Nicole Lemieux, receives a Gémeaux award for best photography and lighting from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (December 10, 2006)

• Four performances of J.S. Bach’s Magnificat by La Chapelle de Québec and the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Bernard Labadie at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. (December 2006)

2005

• North America Tour with Karina Gauvin in January 2005.

• Opus 2003-2004 awarded by Le Conseil québécois de la musique for the Concert of the Year - Québec City (Handel's Alcina).

• Bernard Labadie is made Officer of the Order of Canada. (March 2005)

• Mexican Tour (Mexico City, San Luis Potosi) in April 2005.

• Les Violons du Roy in nomination for ADISQ for Album of the Year - Classical orchestra and grand ensemble for CD J.S. Bach Psaume 51 and Cantata 82 on ATMA label. (September 2005)

• New England Tour with mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó (Fitchburg, Kingston and Oneonta) in November 2005.

• Bach Cantatas with La Chapelle de Québec in Toronto (Roy Thomson Hall) in December 2005.

2004

• North America Tour (Massachussetts, New York State, Virginia, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Ontario) in January-February 2004.

• Opus 2002-2003 awarded by Le Conseil québécois de la musique for the Concert of the Year - Québec City (J.S. Bach Christmas Oratorio).

• Release of a twelfth DORIAN recording (Spring 2004) : Celebration.

• J.S. Bach' St. John Passion in Toronto (Massey Hall), Québec City, Montréal and Ottawa in April 2004.

• Concert in Mexico City in May 2004.

• Europe tour in July 2004 with Magdalena Kozena and David Daniels in Germany, France, Austria and at the famous Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

• Mozart's opera Così fan tutte at the Mostly Mozart Festival of Lincoln Center, New York City, in August 2004.

• Release of the ATMA recording (October 2004): J.S. Bach Psaume 51 and Cantata 82.

• Mozart Requiem in North America Tour (Toronto, St.Louis, Kansas City, Denver) in October 2004.

• Western Canada Tour (Calgary, Edmonton, Banff) in November 2004.

• Bernard Labadie conducts Handel Messiah with La Chapelle de Québec and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall in Los Angeles in December 2004.

2003

• Ecuador and US tour (January-February).

• The Mozart's Requiem CD wins the JUNO Award for "best classical album — vocal or choral performance". (April).

• European tour (Bergen, London, Paris, Salzburg) (May-June).

• Handel's Messiah in Toronto (Massey Hall), Québec City, Montreal and Ottawa in December.

2002

• The recording J.S. Bach Art of the Fugue is nominated for a JUNO award in the category "Best Classical Album — Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment".

• Release of a eleventh DORIAN recording (September): Mozart’s Requiem.

• Opus 2001-2002 awarded by Le Conseil québécois de la musique for the Concert of the Year - Québec City (Orfeo e Euridice).

• Opus 2001-2002 from listeners of Radio-Canada’s Chaîne culturelle received by Bernard Labadie.

2001

• The Handel: Apollo e Dafne CD wins the JUNO Award for "best classical album — vocal or choral performance".

• North-American tour in March 2001 with counter-tenor David Daniels (New York, Milwaukee, Ann Arbour, Toronto).

• Release of a tenth DORIAN recording (September): J.S. Bach: Art of the Fugue.

• New York Tour (September): Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Lincoln Center, Montclair.

• Opus 2000-2001 awarded by Le Conseil québécois de la musique for the Concert of the Year in Québec City (Mozart’s Requiem).

• Opus 2000-2001 for the Concert of the Year — Music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque — (J.S. Bach’s The Art of the Fugue).

• Opus 2000-2001 from listeners of Radio-Canada’s Chaîne culturelle received by Bernard Labadie.

• Handel's Messiah in Toronto (Massey Hall), Québec City and Montreal in December.

2000

• The recording Vivaldi Concerti for Strings is nominated for a JUNO award in the category "Best Classical Album — Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment".

• Prix Fidéides Entreprise culturelle 2000 awarded by the Sainte-Foy Board of  Trade (Québec city area). (march)

• J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion in Quebec City, Montreal and Toronto in April.

• Release of an eighth DORIAN recording (April): J.S. Bach: Goldberg Vatiations (arr. Bernard Labadie).

• Release of a ninth DORIAN recording (October): Handel: Apollo e Dafne.

• Opus 1999-2000 awarded by Le Conseil québécois de la musique for the Concert of the Year in Québec City (St Matthiew Passion by J.S. Bach).

1999

• US tour (Michigan, Wisconsin, Vermont) in January and April.

• Release of a seventh DORIAN recording (April): Vivaldi: Concerti for Strings.

• 15 th Anniversary Gala Concert, May 28 1999, in Québec City's Grand Théâtre.

• France tour (Bordeaux, Lyon and Paris) with Printemps du Québec – France 1999 in June.

• US tour (Illinois, Wisconsin, New York) in November.

• Television and radio recording for Radio-Canada of Handel's Messiah in Québec City in December.

1998

• Bernard Labadie received two awards within the gala of "Prix d'excellence de la culture 1998" : for his international influence by Le Conseil de la Culture de la région de Québec, and a prize from l'Institut Canadien de Québec.

• Les Violons du Roy received the Opus 1996-1997 awarded by Le Conseil québécois de la musique for the Concert of the Year in Québec (Magnificat by J.S. Bach).

• US and Canada tour (Texas, California, Washington, Ontario, British Columbia) in March.

• Les Violons takes part in productions of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, presented by the Québec City and Montréal opera companies in April and May.

• US and Canada tour (Maine, New-Brunswick, Ontario, Texas, California) in November.

• Release of a sixth DORIAN recording (November): Encore!

1997

• The recording Music of Bach's Sons is nominated for a JUNO award in the category "Best Classical Recording — Chamber Music Ensemble". 

• April: tour in Western Canada (second part).

• August: debut performance at the Mostly Mozart festival, held in the Lincoln Center in New York.

• DORIAN recordings wins two 1997 Allegro Music Awards in the "Best Orchestral Production" and "Best Classical Sound Recording" categories, for the CD Music of Bach's Sons.

• A production of Handel's Messiah tours in Ontario in December. (Toronto, Port Hope, Barrie)

1996

• The J.S. Bach: Secular Cantatas, vol. I recording is nominated  for a JUNO award in the category "Best Classical Recording Vocal and Choral Performance" (March).

• Release of a fifth DORIAN recording (September): Music of Bach's Sons.

• November: tour in Western Canada (first part).

1995

• The Stabat Mater recording is nominated by eight international music magazines for a CLASSICAL award at Cannes (France) in the "Vocal Recital" category, and for a JUNO award in the category "Best Classical Recording Vocal and Choral Performance" (March).

• Tour in Morocco and Spain (3 weeks in February and March).

• March: debut performances in Toronto (Glenn Gould Studio), Washington (Canadian Cultural Centre) and Pennsylvania (Penn State University).

• Release of a fourth DORIAN recording (May): J.S. Bach's Secular Cantatas, vol. II.

• Tour in Germany (3 weeks in September and October).

1994

• 10th anniversary. Average age of musicians: 28.

• The recording Simphonies des noëls is nominated for a JUNO award in the category "Best Classical Recording - Solo and Chamber Music".

• Release of a second DORIAN recording (April): the Pergolesi and Vivaldi Stabat Mater.

• Release of a third DORIAN recording (October): J.S. Bach's Secular Cantatas, vol. I.

• Les Violons du Roy receives an Award of Excellence from the City of Québec for exceptional development, high artistic quality and high outside profile, as part of the1994 gala for Cultural Excellence Awards.

1993

• Release of a first CD recording for DORIAN: Simphonies des noëls (sic), which achieves record sales (over 12,000 discs sold, a major success in the classical field) and receives widespread critical acclaim.

1992

• Les Violons du Roy creates 14 permanent positions to allow a regular provision of services and to provide for the group's long-term artistic development.
 
• Les Violons du Roy tour Europe: Germany, Belgium, Spain.

• Bernard Labadie is awarded the Raymond Blais Medal by the Laval University Graduates' Association to mark the young conductor's achievements.

• A contract is signed with the US firm DORIAN RECORDINGS.

1991

• Les Violons du Roy tour Belgium and give the opening concert for Mozart Year at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

• La Chapelle de Québec makes its Paris debut and a second recording: Brahms' Liebesliederwalzer (unreleased).

1990

• Les Violons du Roy tour Spain.

1989

• First recording by Les Violons du Roy: Mozart: the concerti for flute and orchestra  with Belgian flautist Marc Grauwels. Released on the British HYPERION label (worldwide) and on MELODIC (Canada) in 1990.

• First recording by La Chapelle de Québec: Gabriel Fauré: complete sacred works with keyboard on the ADES label. Released in 1991.

1988

• First European Tour by Les Violons du Roy: Belgium.

• 2nd Prize at the Radio-Canada Bi-Annual Competition awarded to La Chapelle de Québec.

1987

• Performance of Mozart's Requiem at the state funeral of former Québec Premier René Lévesque.

1986

• Incorporation of Les Violons du Roy.

• The Healey Willan Prize of the Canada Arts Council is awarded to La Chapelle de Québec as Canada's "most promising vocal ensemble".

1985

• Foundation of the Ensemble Vocal Bernard Labadie, renamed La Chapelle de Québec in 1991, made up of thirty young professional singers and graduating students.

Autumn 1984

• Fifteen graduating students of the major music schools, and young professional musicians in the early stages of their career, are brought together by Bernard Labadie in a volunteer ensemble. First concert under the name Les Violons du Roy (named after the string orchestra at the court of Louis XIV): October 14, 1984.
Average age of musicians: 22.