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Jean-Sébastien Roy, violin with Mathieu Gaudet, pianoJean-Sébastien Roy, violin
with Mathieu Gaudet, piano

Jean-Sébastien Roy, violin

Jean-Sébastien Roy was laureate of the Prix d’Europe 2006 and winner of the Prix Joseph Rouleau at the Concours International de Musique de Montreal in 2003 and again in 2006. He studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal. During his studies at the Conservatory, he earned scholarships from Wilfrid-Pelletier and McAbbie foundations. In May 2002, he earned his first prize at the Conservatory with great distinction.

During his career, Jean-Sébastien Roy won many top prizes, including the Music Competition in Canada, the Competition concertos at the University of Montreal and at the Cleveland Institute of Music Competition and the OSM contest in 2004. In May 2005, Jean-Sébastien was a finalist at the prestigious International Violin Competition of Michael Hill in New Zealand. In 2006, he recorded a recital for Jeunes Artistes de Radio-Canada programme, which won the Prix Étoile Galaxie, rewarding the best recital serie.

The young violinist Jean-Sébastien Roy was invited to perform as a soloist with various orchestras, including Ensemble Amati, Symphony Orchestra of Cleveland Institute of Music, Sinfonia de Lanaudière, Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières, La Sinfonia de Montréal and Orchestre Symphonique de Montérégie. Jean-Sébastien Roy has been heard in recital in several cities in Canada, in the United States and in Europe where he recently performed in London, Munich and Paris. In 2005, he played the Violin Concerto by Sibelius in Kulas Hall Cleveland, with the Orchestra CIMM. In 2007, he was chosen to perform a recital within the context of international exhibition “MUSICORA” at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. He also participated in several festivals, including the prestigious Festival international de musique de Lanaudière (Canada). He occurred in recital for various organizations in Quebec and as a chamber musician in a concert and a recording disk in Tahiti. In addition, it can be heard regularly on CBC and Espace Musique here in Canada.

In addition to his studies at the Conservatory, Jean-Sébastien Roy obtained his master’s degree in interpretation from the Université de Montréal in May 2004. During the same year he was admitted to the Cleveland Institute of Music in Paul Kantor’s class. Thanks to this support he received, in May 2006, a Professional Studies.

In 2008, Jean-Sébastien Roy visited Paris to attend a residence with the internationally renowned masters. Upon his return, he played with the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal in a Beethoven program led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He will perform as a soloist at the Festival de Lachine, at the Festival de musique de chambre de Sainte-Pétronille, and at the Lac Mégantic, in three different programs. Finally, he will appear on the stage in Repentigny with Violons du Roy.

Mr. Roy thanked the Canimex Foundation and the Canada Council for their generous support. Indeed, the Canada Council lent him an exceptional Stradivarius violin Windsor-Weinstein of 1717, thanks to competition from the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.

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Mathieu Gaudet, piano

Canadian pianist Mathieu Gaudet is quickly establishing himself in the musical world for his passionate interpretations and virtuoso technique. Since his acclaimed début in Baltimore, USA with Brahms’ Piano Concerto No 2, he has become much in demand as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician.

Born in 1977, Mr. Gaudet studied piano in both Canada and in USA with such renowned figures as Julian Martin, Marc Durand, André Laplante and John Perry. His many awards include First Prize at the 2000 Glenn Gould School Competition (Toronto) and Harrison Winters Competition (Baltimore), as well as semi-finalist in the 2004 Montréal International Piano Competition, during which the celebrated French pianist Jean-Phillipe Collard praised his musical honesty and conviction. Since then, he has appeared throughout North America and is frequently heard on radio and television broadcasts. He is the co-founder of Gros Morne Summer Music, a highly successful concert series in Newfoundland, Canada.

In 2007, Mr Gaudet received his Doctorate in Piano Performance at the Université de Montréal, where he studied with Paul Stewart. His spectacular performance of the complete 24 Preludes by Rachmaninoff was later recorded on a CD scheduled to be released in November 2008.

In addition to his busy musical life, Mathieu Gaudet is studying medicine at Université de Montréal. He is much involved in international cooperation, social justice and environmental causes, and has volunteered his services as a doctor-in-training in Kenya, Africa, and in Northern Canada with the Inuit People.

Tour Concert Performance Schedule

Saturday, October 17/09 – Winnipeg MB
Presented by Virtuosi Concerts in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, U of Winnipeg

Monday, Oct 19/09 – Flin Flon MB
Presented by the Flin Flon Arts Council

Sunday, March 7/10 – Fort Saskatchewan AB
Presented by the City of Fort Saskatchewan in Shell Theatre, Dow Centennial Centre

Thursday, March 11/10 – St. Jean MB
School show
presented by Ecole Régionale St. Jean-Baptiste

Friday, March 12/10 – Steinbach, MB
Presented by Steinbach Arts Council in Grace Mennonite Church

Monday, March 15/10 – Snow Lake MB
Presented by Ravna Concerts in Ravna House

Thursday, March 18/10 – Leduc AB
Presented by Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts in Maclab Centre Theatre

Friday, March 19/10 – Shaunavon SK
Presented by Shaunavon Arts Council in Shaunavon Public School

Saturday, March 20/10 – Regina SK
Presented by Regina Musical Club in Riddell Centre, University of Regina

Sunday, March 21/10 – Estevan SK
Presented by Estevan Arts Council in St. Paul’s United Church