Bourgie Hall presents


Isolde Lagacé, a Life in Music

In this carte blanche concert, Isolde Lagacé recounts part of her life in music through works she has known since childhood that hold special significance for her. It is also an opportunity to hear magnificent keyboard instruments from Bourgie Hall’s collection. 

Ensemble Caprice
Matthias Maute, conductor
Magali Simard-Galdès, soprano
Mélisande McNabney, organ
Ilya Poletaev, fortepiano

A musician with a fiercely inquisitive mind, impeccable technique and an intensely poetic vision, Ilya Poletaev is an artist equally at home on the modern piano or on historical keyboards: harpsichord, fortepiano, and chamber organ. Hailed as “one of the most significant pianists of his generation” by the Süddeutsche Zeitung, he launched his career after capturing First Prize at the prestigious International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2010 — the only Canadian ever to win that competition. He has since appeared at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, KlavierFestival Ruhr, Dresdner MusikFesttäge, Potsdam Musikfestspiele, Leipzig BachFest, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Montreal Bach Festival, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and Chamber Music Society, St. Paul’s Ordway Center, Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, Caramoor Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and many other prestigious venues and festivals across Canada, US, Italy, Romania, Germany, and Russia. He also was the Grand Prize winner of the 2008 Concorso Sala Gallo in Italy, a laureate of the 2008 Canadian Stepping Stone, a top prize-winner at the 2007 SEHKS harpsichord competition, and a prize-winner at the 2011 George Enescu Competition in Bucharest. In 2009 he joined the roster of Astral Artists and is currently an Astral Artist laureate.

A dedicated teacher, Mr. Poletaev is currently Associate Professor of Piano at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal. He is also Assistant Director at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival’s Choral Week. He previously served on the faculty of Yale University as a Lecturer in Early Music. He has given numerous master classes and talks on performance practice in many of the world’s most prestigious music schools, including the San Francisco Conservatory, the Guildhall School in London, UK, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Buchman-Mehta Music Academy in Tel-Aviv, Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould School, and the Conservatorio di Milano. His students have been the recipients of many distinguished prizes and scholarships. 

VIVALDI Concerto for Two Trumpets in C major, RV 537
HANDEL Organ Concerto, Op. 4, No. 6, HWV 292
AVISON Concerto Grosso No. 5 in D minor, after Scarlatti
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488
J.S. BACH Prelude for organ BWV 553
Cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen [Exult God in all lands], BWV 51

Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 2:30pm

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