Violist Jean-Louis Blouin presents a program marked by grace and finesse, with works performed long ago at Café Zimmermann, the Leipzig gathering place where the Collegium Musicum once performed under the direction of such notables as Georg Philipp Telemann and Johann Sebastian Bach.
With the participation of Jean-Louis Blouin, viola, Anne Thivierge, flute, and Mélisande McNabney, pianoforte
A concert in cocktail party format, hosted by the artists, with appetizers and one drink*
General admission and bar service starting at 5 p.m.*
* Public health regulations permitting.
Conductors and soloists
Flutist Anne Thivierge performs in Europe, Canada and the United States with renowned ensembles, such as the Concert des Nations (Jordi Savall, Spain), the Ensemble Pygmalion (Raphaël Pichon, France), the Ensemble Correspondances ( Sébastien Daucé, France), Boston Baroque (Martin Pearlman, Boston), Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Jeanne Lamon), Les Violons du Roy, Arion Baroque Orchestra, Pallade Musica, Harmony of the Seasons and La Chamaille. On the international scene, she has performed in prestigious venues and festivals such as The Frick Collection (New York), Music Before 1800 (New York), Da Camera Society (Los Angeles), Chapelle royale de Versailles (France), Theater an der Wien (Austria) and the Cologne Philharmonic (Germany). She has recorded under several labels, including Harmonia mundi, Alpha, ATMA and Analekta.
Anne Thivierge studied the baroque flute with Barthold Kuijken, Frank Theuns and Marc Hantaï and she holds a master's degree from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels (Belgium). She also holds a master's degree from the University of Montreal where she studied with Lise Daoust. She teaches flute at the Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski and baroque flute at McGill University.
At the age of eleven, Jean-Louis Blouin began to concentrate on the viola. From 1989 to 1993 he studied at the Montréal Conservatory, where he obtained a higher education diploma. He then studied with Jutta Puchhammer at the University of Montréal, where he completed a Master’s degree in interpretation.
Since 1996, Jean-Louis Blouin has been a permanent member of Les Violons du Roy and appears in several of the group’s recordings, including J.S. Bach’s Art of Fugue and Psalm 51. His interest in Baroque music and experience with early instruments has also led to performances with other specialized groups, primarily as a violist but also on the Baroque violin.
Audiences have heard him perform with the Tafelmusik and Aradia ensembles from Toronto, at the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival, and in Quebec with the Montreal Baroque Orchestra; Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal; the Arion, Les Boréades, and La Chamaille ensembles; as well as Masques, with which he produced a recording of Bach concertos for harpsichord on the Analekta label.
Jean-Louis Blouin plays a Giuseppe Pedrazzini viola, Milan ca 1930, and uses a Louis Gillet viola bow, ca 1965, generously provided by CANIMEX INC. of Drummondville (Quebec).
Raphaël Dubé is no stranger to the concert stage— as an orchestra member, chamber musician, or soloist. As a member of the Les Violons du Roy since 2008, he brings the same intensity to the repertoire of all periods and partakes in a wide variety of musical activities. He has been repeatedly hailed by critics and appeared several times as a soloist with Les Violons du Roy, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and Montreal Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra. He has twice appeared at New York’s Carnegie Hall as a member of the Amity Players Piano Quartet and has released a recording of Brahms’ piano quartets with that ensemble. He can also be heard with harpist Valérie Milot in a chamber music recording on the Analekta label. Recently he appeared as a chamber musician at festivals in Bic and Sackville.
Raphaël Dubé knew from the first that he was destined to be a musician. His main instructors were Monique and Walter Joachim, Carole Sirois, and Timothy Eddy. Before joining Les Violons du Roy, he spent the 2007–2008 season with the New World Symphony.
Raphaël Dubé plays a cello made by Giovanni Grancino c. 1695–1700, generously provided by Canimex Inc. of Drummondville, Quebec.
Mélisande McNabney performs keyboard music of all periods, on harpsichord, piano and fortepiano. In August 2015, she received the third prize at the International Competition Musica Antiqua in Bruges. She is a graduate of the Amsterdam Conservatory where she studied harpsichord, continuo and fortepiano in the classes of Bob van Asperen and Richard Egarr. She was granted her Doctorate degree at McGill University in May 2017, under the guidance of Hank Knox and Tom Beghin, thanks to the support of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program.
Mélisande McNabney is regularly invited to play with ensembles such as Les Violons du Roy, Arion Orchestre Baroque, Les Idées heureuses, Theater of Early Music and Ensemble Caprice. She is a member of Pallade Musica and Les Songes, with whom she took part in numerous tours of Canada and the USA. Mélisande McNabney has received scholarships from Canada Council for the Arts, Banff Centre, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and Fonds de recherche société et culture du Québec.
Trio Sonata in G Major, BWV 1039
Trio Sonata in B Minor, TWV 42 : h4
Sonata for Flute in D Major, Op. 2 No. 8
Chromatic Fantasia, BWV 903
Quartet for Flute, Viola, Cello and Keyboard in D Major, Wq. 94 H. 538