Bourgie Hall presents

Denis Plante and the Trio de l’Île: Astor Piazzolla’s 100th Birthday

An unusual concert marking the centenary of birth of the great Astor Piazzolla. The bandonéon is joined by strings and piano in a performance of the master’s most beautiful melodies as well as iconic works of the world of tango.

Denis Plante, bandonéon

Denis Plante grew up surrounded by early music instruments, costumes, and theatrical props in an artistic Montreal-based family. A charismatic soloist, he performed alongside such artists as Diane Dufresne, Renée Claude, Gilles Vigneault, and André Gagnon. After spending some time in Argentina, he settled in Quebec City where he founded the ensemble Tango Boréal, which serves as a laboratory for his own impressionistic tango creations. This creativity has been rewarded by numerous prizes, including Best Song at the Festival international de la chanson de Granby and the Quebec City Creator of the Year Award from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. His two most recent albums on the ATMA Classique label, Tango Boréal and Pampa Blues, have won Opus Awards in the category World Music Recording of the Year.

Francis Palma, double bass

Francis Palma-Pelletier has a passion for the historical double bass, aiming to reproduce the articulations and tone qualities of each period using different instruments, including period strings and bows. Palma-Pelletier completed a Bachelor Degree in Performance at McGill University, followed by postgraduate studies in early music at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. During his six years in Europe, he performed in several countries, with ensembles in Basel, Lucerne, Bern, Zürich, Paris, Berlin, Oslo, and Stuttgart. Since his return to Montreal in 2008, Palma-Pelletier has focused his attention on his personal project, the Duo Contracello of double bass and cello, to which he devotes most of his performing efforts. He has also collaborated with local early music ensembles such as Galileo, Les Idées heureuses, and Les Boréades de Montréal. He has performed for many years in Montreal milongas, providing the rhythms for tangueros’ steps.

Le trio de l’Île
Uliana Drugova, violin

A prizewinner in many competitions and the recipient of numerous grants, Uliana Drugova leads a busy career as a performer and teacher. As a guest soloist with the Orchestre symphonique de Laval and the Arkea Ensemble, and as a founding member of both the Voxpopuli Quartet and the Trio de l’Île, her live performances have assured her a solid reputation Quebec-wide. For her doctoral studies, which were fully supported by a Fonds de recherche du Québec—Société et culture (FRQSC) grant, Drugova combined musical performance and musicology; her research, notably at the Bibliothèque nationale de France on the evolution of the American school of violin performance as seen through its Russian and Franco-Belgian roots, continues to attract the interest of the international music community. Drugova currently teaches violin at the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal, as well as violin and chamber music at the École de musique Vincent d’Indy. The c. 1925 Louis Joseph Morizot, Sr. bow she uses is graciously made available to her by Canimex Inc.

Dominique Beauséjour-Ostiguy, cello

Recipient of the 2018 Prix d’Europe and the 2017 Peter Mendell Prize, Dominique Beauséjour-Ostiguy was ranked among the “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30” by CBC Music in 2018. A two-time first-prize winner at the Canadian Music Competition, he has performed as a soloist with the Orchestre symphonique de Laval and Ensemble Volte. Beauséjour-Ostiguy is a founding member of the Trio de l’Île and Andara String Quartet, as well as the duo BOA experience. He recently joined the Hochelaga Trio to record the CD Auguste Descarries : Musique de chambre et mélodies on the ATMA Classique label. Also a passionate composer, Beauséjour-Ostiguy won 3rd prize in the Domicile Adoré Competition organized by the Fondation Jeunesses  Musicales Canada in 2020, and two of his compositions have been performed by the Orchestre symphonique de Laval under Alain Trudel. Beauséjour-Ostiguy holds a Master Degree in Performance from the Université de Montréal, where he studied with Yegor Dyachkov. He plays a David Tecchler cello (1704)with a Pierre Simon bow (c. 1855) kindly provided by Canimex Inc. of Drummondville.

Patil Harboyan, piano

Patil Harboyan is a Montreal-based Armenian pianist who leads a varied musical career as a performer, chamber musician, and teacher. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stonybrook University, where she studied on a full scholarship. A grant recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and a laureate of various competitions, she has appeared in solo recitals and chamber music concerts throughout North America. Chamber music is at the core of Harboyan’s life as a musician; she is a founding member of the Ararat Trio, which gave its debut performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2007, as well as the Trio de l’Île, which performs regularly throughout Quebec. Her recording with cellist Heather Tuach, Music from Armenia, was described by Gramophone magazine as a “delightful disc of discoveries.” The duo also performed the program from this recording, live in concert at Carnegie Hall in 2015. Harboyan currently teaches at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.

PIAZZOLLA Las cuatro estaciones porteñas
GARDEL Por una cabeza
COBIÁN Los mareados

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 7:30 pm
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