Biographies

Madeleine OwenMadeleine Owen

artistic director, lute, theorbo, Baroque guitar

Described by critics as “a breath of fresh air” (Le Droit) and praised for her “excellent theorbo continuo playing” (The Ottawa Citizen), Madeleine Owen began playing the guitar at the age of seven. After university studies in classical guitar, she has gone… more


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Marie-Michel BeauparlantMarie-Michel Beauparlant

Baroque cello

Marie-Michel Beauparlant holds a diploma from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal (2005), a Master’s degree in performance from Rice University (2008) and a Doctorat of Musical Arts in performance from Stony Brook University (2014). She… more


Jean-François DaignaultJean-François Daignault

voice

A native of Montréal, Jean-François Daignault holds a bachelor’s degree with honours in early music performance and literature (high distinction in voice) from McGill University.

For several years… more


Ghislaine DeschambaultGhislaine Deschambault

mezzo-soprano

A versatile singer with a warm and agile voice, Ghislaine is rapidly distinguishing herself by her musicality and enchanting stage presence. Recently, the mezzo soprano sang the title role in L’Enfant des Glaces (Zack Settel), with the contemporary opera company… more


Johanne GauthierJohanne Gauthier

viola da gamba

Johanne Gauthier, viola da gamba, has been active as a performer on the Québec early music scene for a number of years. Since 2004 she has also been the founder and artistic director of the early music concert series “Les Moments Musicaux”, presented in… more


Sara LackieSara Lackie

Baroque triple harp

Sara Lackie is one of the few harpists in Canada to specialize in the Baroque triple harp, a lesser known historical instrument which has only been revived in recent years. Based in Montreal, she is in demand as a continuo specialist and accompanist both… more


Vincent LauzerVincent Lauzer

recorders

Révélation Radio-Canada 2013-2014 and Breakthrough Artist of the Year (2012 Opus Awards), Vincent Lauzer graduated from McGill University, where he studied with Matthias Maute. His first solo CD, “Passaggi” got released in September 2014… more


Sam MagdiSam Magdi

Baroque mandolin

Baroque mandolinist Sam Magdi was born in Montréal and later moved to Italy where he studied the violin. It was as an adult that he became captivated by the sound of the mandolin and began studying the instrument with Tamara Volskaya in New… more


Marie MagistryMarie Magistry

soprano

Marie Magistry is one of the most active young sopranos on the Québec early music scene. She sings regularly with various ensembles including the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Les Violons du Roy, The Theatre of Early Music, Ensemble Caprice and… more


David MenziesDavid Menzies

tenor

Montreal tenor David Menzies is in demand as an outstanding interpreter of the baroque and classical repertoire in both opera and concert. He excels as an Evangelist in the Passions of Bach and in the operas of Mozart and Handel. Concert performances have… more


Karim NasrKarim Nasr

historical flutes, oboes, clarinets, and bassoons

Karim Nasr holds degrees from McGill University and het Conservatorium van Amsterdam where he studied with Bruce Haynes and Alfredo Bernardini. He is a founding member and artistic director of i Turchi (Amsterdam). Karim plays with Ensemble Caprice, Les Boreades… more


Ellie NimeroskiEllie Nimeroski

Baroque violin

After completing her studies in modern violin, Ellie Nimeroski was drawn to early music and to the remarkably eloquent baroque violin.  Joining Ensemble Arion in 2004, she has since performed extensively in Montreal and Toronto.  She can be heard… more


Marie-Laurence PrimeauMarie-Laurence Primeau

viola da gamba

Versatile artist, Marie-Laurence Primeau is an experienced recorder player and is also now establishing a solid reputation as a viola da gamba player and baroque dancer. The complementarity of these arts gives a particular dimension to her… more


Elin SoderstromElin Soderstrom

viola da gamba

Captivated by the sound of the viol during a recital given by Jordi Savall, Elin Soderstrom discovered in this instrument sounds of which she had only dreamed. Pursuing her love of the viol, she graduated with honours from McGill University, and received a… more


Pascal-Frédéric St-YvesPascal-Frédéric St-Yves

recorders, Baroque flute

Dazzling multi-instrumentalist, Pascal-Frédéric St-Yves has carved himself a choice niche in Quebec’s music scene. He is a founding member of both the ensembles Purgatoire, with whom he explores new avenues in the interpretation of music from oral traditions… more


Sari TsujiSari Tsuji

Baroque violin

Sari Tsuji currently performs with some of Canada’s leading period music orchestras, including Arion Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Caprice, Aradia Ensemble, and the Toronto Chamber Orchestra under the direction of internationally acclaimed musicians Jaap ter Linden… more


Aurélie Zygel-BassoAurélie Zygel-Basso

recitation

Aurélie Zygel-Basso, recitation, is a professor of French literature at the Université de Sherbrooke (Québec). She completed doctoral and postdoctoral research concerning fairy tale illustrations of the XVIIIth century (Université de Paris-IV Sorbonne… more