Bourgie Hall presents

A Salon of Women Composers

Women composers of the 19th and 20th centuries disseminated their music primarily within the private circles of salons. Long relegated to the sidelines, today their works are being rediscovered and restored to their rightful place in concert programs. The speakers will etch portraits of these women artists at the piano.

In connection with the exhibition Parall(elles): A History of Women in Design

Jeanne Amièle, lecturer and pianist

Canadian pianist Jeanne Amièle is regularly featured in solo recitals and chamber music concerts in Quebec. She has been invited to play as a soloist with several Canadian orchestras, including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra under maestro Alexander Prior, the Montreal I Musici Chamber Orchestra under maestro Jean-Marie Zeitouni, and the Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra under maestro Jacques Lacombe.

Jeanne Amièle has distinguished herself at several national competitions in past years. She was awarded the Grand Prize in the Canadian Music Competition in 2015, the 1st Prize in the Shean Piano Competition in 2016, and the 2nd Prize (Pierre-Mantha Prize) along with the John-Newmark Prize in the 2018 Prix d’Europe Competition. In 2017 she participated in the recording of the disc “Sonatas & Nocturnes – 19th Century Gems for Bassoon and Piano” under the label MSR Classics in collaboration with Michel Bettez, first bassoonist of the Orchestre Métropolitain. The recording was praised by the critics, and the prestigious magazine Gramophone wrote that the pianist played “with full-blooded richness and poetry”.

Jeanne Amièle is a Doctor of Music. She trained with pianist and Professor Jean Saulnier at the University of Montreal, where she received a scholarship from the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarships Program for her doctoral studies and research on memorization at the piano. She also studied at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva, Switzerland with Professor Dominique Weber on an international exchange program. In 2019, she was been appointed as a sessional lecturer of Piano Performance at the University of Montreal Faculty of Music, and as of September 2021, she will be a Professor of Piano at the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières.

Magda Boukanan, lecturer and pianist

Magda Boukanan grew up in Kuwait where she began learning the piano at the age of 6. She studied with Cezary Owerkowicz before continuing her piano training in France. In 2006, she graduated from the Reims Conservatory in piano and chamber music, under the tutelage of pianist and chamber musician Jean-Louis Delahaut.

The same year, Magda decided to settle in Quebec to study at the University of Montreal. She obtained her doctorate in interpretation unanimously, under the direction of Jimmy Brière. Magda Boukanan distinguished herself early on, in various competitions in France, Kuwait and then in Quebec. In 2013, she notably won the Béatrice-Kennedy-Bourbeau Prize, rewarding the best interpretation of an instrumental piece at the Prix d’Europe Competition.

Magda started teaching piano in 2004 and quickly developed a real interest in pedagogy. She has notably taught at the Reims Conservatory, at the Vincent d’Indy School of Music, at the Saint-Laurent School of Music and as a lecturer at the University of Montreal. Many of her students have won prestigious prizes at national competitions, such as Omni or the Montreal Classical Music Festival.

Works from Mel BONIS, Cécile CHAMINADE, Florence PRICE and others composers.

Sunday May 7, 2023 at 2:30pm
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