Upcoming Concert (2019)
Featured Performers – March 30th
The soaring voice of Maghan McPhee’s soprano is known for its ‘brilliancy and warm lyricism’ (Times Argus). An accomplished concert performer, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, and with notable orchestras. With the National Arts Centre Orchestra. she worked with Alexander Shelley in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and was the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah. She has released a debut recording with pianist Parvaneh Eshghi, titled Portrait, to great reviews.
Maghan’s commitment to training young singers and musicians has led her to found and direct the Breno Italy International Music Academy. Founded in 2014 in partnership with pianist Dr. Carl Phillipe Gionet, this two week, voice and piano masterclass focuses on body awareness, repertoire, technique, diction, performance, and collaboration. Each musician has daily lessons, coachings, and performances. For more information see www.biimaperformance.com.
Carl Philippe Gionet
Whether as a soloist or accompanist, Carl Philippe Gionet works mainly in Europe and North America. Despite his numerous travels, he remains very involved in promoting music in his native New Brunswick. In 2013, he founded Musique sur mer en Acadie, an event dedicated to the education and promotion of classical music in francophone minority communities. Since 2014, he is collaborative piano professor and vocal coach at Biima in Italy. Doctor in piano performance from Université de Montréal (2010), Carl has also received specialized training in collaborative piano in Austria and England, and has participated in numerous prestigious summer programs.
Carl is an award recipient of the prestigious Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Foundation des Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, and the New Brunswick Arts Council. He recently received the Prix Émergence from the AAAUM, recognizing his career and achievements.
Along with his commitments in the field of classical music, he has performed in Canada and Europe as an accompanist and composer, and has shared the stage with many artists of the Francophonie. Carl is also a multi-disciplinary artist, working mainly with painting, photography and temporary installations.