Upcoming Concert (2019)
Featured Performers at Gala 2019 – July 20th
Maïthéna Girault is a first prize winner of the Canadian Music Competition and winner of the 2017 Golden Violin Award, Canada’s largest collegiate music prize. An up-and-coming Canadian artist, she is a recipient of the 2018 Sylva-Gelber Music Foundation Award and has concertized as a soloist with orchestras in Quebec and France more than a dozen times. In 2015, she made her debut in Carnegie Hall as both a soloist and a chamber musician. A passionate chamber musician, Maïthéna was a founding member of the Milton String Quartet, winner of the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Grand Prize.Maïthéna entered the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal at age eight where she studied with Helmut Lipsky for ten years. She went on to graduate with a Licentiate in Music and a Graduate Diploma of Performance from McGill University, where her primary teachers included Andrew Wan, Alexander Read and Axel Strauss. As of this fall, Maïthéna is pursuing her studies at the Manhattan School of Music with Lucie Robert. Maïthéna performs on the 1858 Ex. ''Comte Koucheliov'' violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume and a bow by François Lotte, both generously loaned to her by Canimex.
Thierry Bégin-L, a classical guitarist from Quebec, has won several prestigious competitions including nine (9) international prizes from Belgium, France, Spain, Vietnam and Canada. He also obtained several distinctions in South Korea, Thailand, the United States, Mexico, and Austria. As a result, he was invited to perform on numerous world tours, namely in Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, Italy, Finland, the US, and Canada.
With disarming ease, Thierry Bégin-L enchants his audiences through the sincerity of his play. The audacity, virtuosity and passion of his performances deliver a rare and memorable musical experience filled with color and humor.
In 2018, he is supported by LOJIQ to present concerts in Vietnam. In 2016, he received a scholarship from The Sylva Gelber Music Foundation and a second one from the Conseil des Arts du Québec, allowing him to study in France for a whole year.
In February 2015, he released his first Cd album Aquarelle offering various songs from different countries.Thierry Begin-L completed his master’s degree in 2013 at the University of Laval, and plays on a Jean Rompré.
Eric Abramovitz recently joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as associate Principal and E-flat Clarinet, and was previously a member of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Eric was named the Vandoren Emerging Artist of the year in 2017, and a CBC Next! artist in 2013. A first-prize winner at the OSM Standard Life Competition in 2011, Eric has been featured as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the McGill and USC Symphonies, l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Eric was a Sylva Gelber Career Grant recipient in 2016, and toured throughout Japan with the New York Symphonic Ensemble.
A Montreal native, Eric obtained his Bachelor’s Degree at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, and pursued graduate studies at the University of Southern California. Eric’s teachers include Zaven Zakarian, Alain Desgagné, Robert Crowley, Simon Aldrich, Jean-François Normand, Kimball Sykes, and Yehuda Gilad.
Canadian Pianist Carson Becke has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, including performances in Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Caribbean. He is also the artistic director of Pontiac Enchanté, a concert series in Luskville, Quebec. After moving to the United Kingdom in 2005 to study at the Purcell School, Carson completed his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he worked with Tatiana Sarkissova.
Following studies in London, he completed an M.Phil. degree in performance and musicology at the University of Oxford, supported generously by the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation of Canada. Currently, Carson is reading for his doctorate (D.Phil.) in music at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. His research, concerning Richard Strauss’s piano music and pianistic performance style, is supervised by Professor Laura Tunbridge. He is grateful for the support of the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Foundation towards his doctoral studies. Alongside his research on Strauss, he is working on a multi-album recording project featuring Strauss’s piano, chamber, and art song repertoire. The first two of these albums are available on iTunes (an album of lieder with mezzo soprano Wallis Giunta, and a solo piano album). He is on faculty at the Purcell School of Music, where he teaches musicianship.