Montreal Chamber Music Festival presents

Go Baroque!

A concert featuring the world-renowned cellist Elinor Frey and several other guest artists in an all-Baroque concert.

In the world of baroque music, Canadian cellist Elinor Frey is a renowned world master and star performer. She has consistently pushed the boundaries of the cello and discovered forgotten repertoire that sounds as fresh and innovative now as when it was first composed three centuries ago. Surrounded by her colleagues, Elinor will present a musical excursion like no other.

Travel back 300 years. Be transported into a baroque world of intimacy and elegance.

Elinor Frey, cello
Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde, cello

Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde is a versatile musician whose repertoire ranges from the late-17th to the 20th century. She researches and uses techniques and instruments according to the time of the music she plays.

After studying modern cello with Denis Brott and Carole Sirois at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, Octavie received the Prix avec Grande Distinction in 2011. Following her interest in performance practice, she studied baroque cello with Susie Napper in Montreal and with Viola de Hoog in Amsterdam. As a young musician, Octavie regularly won prizes in national competitions in Quebec and Canada and regularly attended masterclasses and courses with internationally renowned soloists and pedagogues. She received prizes as a soloist at the International Competition “Concours Corneille” in France and the Early Music Competition in Yamanashi, Japan. Her musical endeavors were supported by grants from the Canada Arts Council, the Banff Center for the Arts and the CALQ.

Currently focusing on the historical performance of late Baroque, Classical and Romantic repertoires, she performs recitals regularly with fortepiano player and harpsichordist Artem Belogurov. Together, they took part in the Oude Muziek Festival Utrecht, Festival Montreal Baroque, the International Young Artist Presentation in Antwerp, Festival Royaumont, the Fortepiano Festival Zaandijk, among others. Their first CD will be issued later this year on the label Challenge Classics and is centered around mid-18th century German music for violoncello piccolo.

Mélisande McNabney, harpsichord

Mélisande McNabney performs keyboard music of all periods, on harpsichord, piano and fortepiano. In August 2015, she received the third prize at the International Competition Musica Antiqua in Bruges, Belgium.

Very active on the concert scene, Mélisande was invited as a soloist in series such as Clavecin en Concert or the Série Jacques Dansereau at Bourgie Hall. As a chamber and orchestra musician, she is regularly invited to play with Les Violons du Roy, Arion Orchestre Baroque, Montreal Bach Festival Orchestra, Les Idées heureuses, the Theater of Early Music and Ensemble Caprice. She is a member of Pallade Musica and ensemble Les Songes, with whom she took part in numerous tours of Canada and the USA. In January 2019, Mélisande released her debut solo album, Inspirations : D’Anglebert, Forqueray, Rameau, on the label ATMA Classique. Well received by critiques worldwide, the recording received 5 Diapasons from the famous French magazine.

Mélisande is a graduate of the Amsterdam Conservatory where she studied harpsichord, continuo and fortepiano in the classes of Bob van Asperen and Richard Egarr. She was granted her Doctorate degree at McGill University in May 2017, under the guidance of Hank Knox and Tom Beghin, thanks to the support of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program.

Michel Angers, theorbo

Guitarist and lutenist Michel Angers performs throughout Canada, America, and Europe. Angers currently collaborates in numerous artistic projects as a continuo player including Tafelmusik, Ensemble Constantinople, Les Violons du Roy, Le Nouvel Opéra, Les Idées Heureuses, Les Boréades, Les Poètes de l’Amérique Française and Consort Laurentia. Michel Angers is  a recording artist for the renowned Italian label Stradivarius and Radio-Canada.

Scholar of Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute (Lucas Harris) and Early Music America which led to opportunity to attend the Accademia d’Amore studying under the direction of Stephen Stubbs. Upon receiving his Master of Music degree from Laval University in Québec, Michel Angers was awarded the highest distinction from the Quebec Music Conservatory. In 2005, Angers won the classical guitar category of the prestigious Canadian Music Competition. In 2011, Michel Angers won the Award of Artistic Creation presented by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec. Grant holder of the Marco Fodella Foundation, Angers specialized in early music under the tutelage of Paul Beier, at the Claudio Abbado Academy of Music in Milan.

Giuseppe Clemente Dall’Abaco (1710-1805)
Sonata in D Minor, ABV 35
A modo di Viola da gamba
Arpeggiato a modo d’Arciliuto

Giuseppe Clemente Dall’Abaco (1710-1805)
Capriccio primo

Sonata IX in C Major, ABV 20
Allegro moderato e staccato
Minuetto Cantabile (Variatione ad Libitum)

Cello Duo in A Minor, ABV 49
Minuetto – Menet et rondeau

Sonata in D Major, ABV 39
Con Comodo

Sonata VIII in G Major, ABV 19
Giga. Allegro

Salle Bourgie
Monday, June 12, 2023 at 7:30pm
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