Bourgie Hall presents

Musicians of the OSM – At the Heart of the Romantic Era

Fanny Mendelssohn and Johannes Brahms, both born in Hamburg, maintained close ties with this Hanseatic city famous for its pianos. Appropriately, the piano proved crucial to these  composers’ respective outputs. Fanny Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio is the crown jewel of her modest chamber music output, while Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 2 exhibits Schubert’s influence.

Jean-Sébastien Roy, violin

Hailed as one of the most gifted and captivating musicians of his generation, Jean-Sébastien Roy has established a reputation as a highly esteemed soloist and chamber musician. Roy began playing the violin in early childhood. He studied under Johanne Arel and Denise Lupien in Montreal, Paul Kantor in Cleveland and Rodney Friend in London. His fondest musical memory is of playing chamber music with Ida Haendel! His first performance with the OSM was at the tender age of 15, during a Youth Matinee concert. Since then, his career has taken him around the world, as concertmaster both with the Columbus Symphony and the McGill Chamber Orchestra, and of course, back again as a musician of the OSM!

Victor Fournelle-Blain, viola

The versatile violinist and violist Victor Fournelle-Blain leads an active career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Associate Principal Viola of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, he also teaches viola at McGill University and orchestral studies at Université de Montréal. After studying violin at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal under Johanne Arel, he went on to work with Ani Kavafian at the Yale School of Music, and subsequently joined the class of André Roy as a viola student at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. Winner of McGill’s 2014 Golden Violin Award, the 2012 Prix d’Europe, and Second Prize winner of the 2010 OSM Competition, Victor Fournelle-Blain has performed as a guest soloist with various orchestras including the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil.

Anna Burden, cello

Associate principal cellist of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) since 2011, Anna Burden has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. Solo appearances include performances with the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, the Washington Chamber Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, the Oak Park Symphony Orchestra, and with musicians of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. A native of Chicago, Ms. Burden has studied with Hans Jensen, Joel Krosnick, Alan Stepansky, Richard Aaron, Darrett Adkins, and Nell Novak. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School, and a Professional Studies diploma from the Manhattan School of Music.

Philip Chiu, piano

“A pianist-painter who transforms each musical idea into a beautiful array of colours” (La Presse), Philip Chiu is acclaimed for his brilliant pianism, sensitive listening, and a stage presence that eschews the hermit-pianist image in favour of openness, authenticity, and connection with audiences. Inaugural winner of Mécénat Musica’s Prix Goyer, Philip has become one of Canada’s leading musicians through his infectious love of music and his passion for connection and creation. Philip concertizes extensively as soloist and chamber musician and has performed recitals and chamber music concerts all across Canada, as well as concert halls in France, Japan and the United States. Chamber music partners have included James Ehnes, Emmanuel Pahud, Regis Pasquier, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Bomsori Kim, Johannes Moser, and Raphael Wallfisch.

Fanny MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 11
BRAHMS Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26

In collaboration with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Friday, January 27, 2023 at 6:30pm
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