Duo Fortin-Poirier

One Piano, Four Hands

“The ears of audiences were first caressed by silky notes, a light music reminiscent of a flowing stream on a beautiful summer day. It was the swing, during which it was fascinating to watch the pianists, moving in unison, while gliding their fingers over the keyboard. Enchanting.”
-Le Quotidien

Duo Fortin PoirierDuo Fortin-Poirier, featuring pianists Amélie Fortin and Marie-Christine Poirier, has been heralded as one of the most promising of its generation. Graduates of the Université de Montréal with a master and D.E.S.S. (Specialized Graduate Diploma) under the direction of Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt and Paul Stewart, each pianist has won several awards and grants individually before making their debut as a duo team in 2005. They immediately developed an extraordinarily powerful ensemble, and with their very similar piano artistry, a remarkable musical union was born. Their dynamism does not go unnoticed and their lively and explosive style is impressive.

Since its creation, Duo Fortin-Poirier has given many concerts in Canada as well as abroad. The two pianists are grant winners of the Office Franco-Québécois pour la Jeunesse (2005), the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec (2009-2010), the Canada Council for the Arts (2011-2013), and they have also won First Prize at the Concours de Musique Clermont-Pépin, the Festival de Musique du Royaume as well as the Canada Music Competition.

Amélie Fortin and Marie-Christine Poirier

Amélie Fortin and Marie-Christine Poirier

At the international level, they were finalists in the Concours International de Piano à 4 mains de Valberg (France, 2009) and in the Liszt 200 Chicago International Piano Duos Competition (U.S., 2011). Their brilliant interpretation of John Corigliano’s Gazebo Dances also awarded them a special mention from the jury at the prestigious Concours Grieg – International Piano Competition in Oslo (Norway, 2010). Recently, they won the 2nd prize at the Roma International Piano Competition (Italy, 2013).

Very active on the Quebec scene, Amélie Fortin and Marie-Christine Poirier created a wonderful program titled Vingts doigts et un piano concert in 2008 and they have since performed it throughout Quebec. It was the first classical concert selected to take part in the Entrées en Scène Loto-Québec for 2013-2014. In 2014-2015, the Duo Fortin-Poirier will be in residence at the prestigious Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur.

Their first CD, Vingt doigts et un piano, released at the end of November 2013, and can be heard on Ici Radio-Canada Première, Espace Musique and Radio Classique Montreal and Quebec.


Program Description

The Duo Fortin-Poirier has been heralded as one of the most promising piano duos of its generation. With an intuitive musicianship, this young duo has an extraordinarily natural partnership that has quickly garnered acclaim. Their concert program titled Mémoires, features works for one piano, four hands from across the classical, tango, and ragtime genres. Exploring the theme of memories, the program weaves between the intensity of Piazzolla’s tangos, the lyricism of Rachmaninov, and the liveliness of Samuel Barber. Mémoires is a concert that blends hard-driving rhythm with sweet nostalgia, resonating with audiences who will remember the dynamism of Duo Fortin-Poirier.

Concert Performance Schedule

Regina SK
Sunday, September 18/16
Regina Musical Club
Riddell Centre Theatre

Altona MB
Saturday, October 1/16
Southern Manitoba Concerts
Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church

Snow Lake MB
Monday, October 3/16
Ravna House Concerts
Ravna House

Whitehorse YT
Saturday, October 8/16
Whitehorse Concerts
Yukon Arts Centre

Pinawa MB
Friday, November 4/16
Eastern Manitoba Concert Association
Pinawa Community Centre

Steinbach MB
Monday, November 7/16
Steinbach Arts Council
SRSS Theatre

Rosthern SK
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Station Arts Centre
Station Arts Theatre

Melfort SK
Thursday, November 10/16
Melfort Arts Council
CJVR Performing Arts Theatre

Estevan SK
Saturday, November 12/16
Estevan Arts Council Estevan
Trinity Lutheran Church

Minnedosa MB
Tuesday, November 15/16
Minnedosa Performing Arts Committee
Minnedosa United Church

As of July 21, 2016. Performance dates and venues are subject to change. Full length concerts, schools shows, workshops & master classes may be scheduled in addition to the concerts listed.

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