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Les Boréades de Montréal

Francis Colpron, recorders and Baroque flute
Hélène Plouffe, Baroque violin
Mélisande Corriveau, Baroque cello and viola da gamba
Eric Milnes, harpsichord

Founded by Francis Colpron in 1991, Les Boréades de Montréal focuses on early music. The ensemble has chosen an interpretative approach in keeping with the spirit of the Baroque era, by adhering to the rules of performance practice of the past and playing on period instruments. Critics and audiences alike in Canada and abroad have been unanimous in hailing the group’s energy and spontaneity as well as its theatrical, expressive and elegant playing, indicative of a unique flair for Baroque aesthetics.

Each year, Les Boréades gives a series of concerts at Montréal’s historic Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours chapel with international guest artists, many of whom have been picked up and broadcast by the national broadcasting corporation. The group has received many grants from the Québec and Canada governments and has toured extensively in Canada and abroad, taking part in several renowned festivals. The musicians also performed at the Frick Collection of New-York, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Vancouver Festival, Musikfest Bremen and at the Alter Musik Regensburg.

Les Boréades won the Prix Opus for best performance of the 1998-1999 season, bestowed by the Conseil québécois de la musique in December 1999, and the same prize a year later for best recording of the year in early and classical music. The ensemble boasts fifteen recordings on the Atma Classique label featuring renowned artists such as Hervé Niquet, Skip Sempé, Manfredo Kraemer, Alex Weimann, Eric Milnes and Karina Gauvin. In 2006, Hyver, with Karina Gauvin, has been nominated as Juno’s best Classical album of the year: Vocal or Choral performance and has been also nominated for an award at the ADISQ gala. Purcell, recording with Karina Gauvin, has been nominated as Juno’s best Classical album of the year: Vocal or Choral performance.


Baroque : Sonates virtuoses du XVIIe siècle || Noëls français du XVIIIe siècle aux instruments || Private Musick || Théâtre musical || Telemann : Suite & concertos || Beatles Baroque, volumes I et II || In stilo moderno || Super Flumina Babylonis || Acis and Galatea || KammerMusik II Hyver, Karina Gauvin, soprano II Purcell, Karina Gauvin, soprano || Beatles Baroque, volume III. All recordings on the ATMA label


Le Maestro Errant, romanced biography of George Frideric Handel, 11th episode of the series entitled Musique de chambre, Cine Qua None Film

Where does the name “Les Boréades” come from?

The Boreads (Les Boréades in French) were Zetes and Calais, the winged sons of the god of the north wind, Boreas. Their father was the son of Eos (goddess of the dawn) and of Astraeus. The brothers were Titans, beings who, in Greek mythology, personify the elemental forces of nature. Zetes, the more spirited of the two, was associated with quests. Calais, the temperamental one, personified the turquoise sea.

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Tour Concert Performance Schedule

Thursday, September 25/08 Biggar, SK
Presented by Biggar & District Arts Council in Majestic Theatre

Friday, September 26/08 Rosthern, SK
Presented by Station Arts Centre in Rosthern Mennonite Church

Saturday, September 27/08 Regina, SK
Presented by Regina Musical Club in Riddell Centre Theatre

Friday, November 7/08 Winnipeg, MB
Masterclass/workshop presented by Winnipeg Early Music

Saturday, November 8/08 Winnipeg, MB
Presented by Virtuosi Concerts in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, U of Winnipeg

Sunday, November 9/08 Winkler, MB
Presented by Southern Manitoba Concerts in Winkler Bergthaler Church

Sunday, January 18/09 Lacombe, AB
Presented by Canadian University College in CUC Auditorium

Monday, January 19/09 Spruce Grove, AB
Presented by Horizon Stage in Horizon Stage

Tuesday, January 20/09 Saskatoon, SK
Presented by In Performance Concert Series, Department of Music, University of Saskatchewan in Convocation Hall, University of Saskatchewan

Performance dates and venues are subject to change.
Please contact the local presenter to confirm performance details.

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