11-22 Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival

The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival is both the newest and the largest festival in the “America’s Music Festivals” series. Churches, theaters, and concert halls in the beautiful city of Ottawa are packed with more than 60,000 chamber music lovers to hear 120 concerts over just two weeks in July and August. This program features some of the incredible variety of chamber music at the festival, from String Quartets to traditional instruments like the musette and small pipes, to Renaissance a cappella vocal music by Monteverdi.

For more information about the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival visit http://www.chamberfest.com/.


Schumann: Trio No. 2 in G Major, Op. 80 (Gryphon Trio)
Anonymous: Hungaricus 4 (Ensemble Caprice)
Monteverdi: Ecco Silvio, interspersed with Massimiliano Neri’s Sonata No. 5
Monteverdi: Introduzione al ballo
Vivaldi/Nicolas Chédeville: Concerto Les plaisirs de l’été from Le printemps ou les saisons amusantes
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 108 (Pacifica Quartet)
Schubert: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, D. 87 (Tokyo String Quartet)
Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 77, No. 2: Minuet (Tokyo String Quartet)

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Sylvain Bergeron, Theorbo – Born in Quebec City, Sylvain Bergeron has perfected his expertise on the instruments of the lute family through numerous stays in the United States and Europe with, among other teachers, Paul O’Dette and Eugène Dombois. In 1984 he was a finalist at Toronto’s First International Lute Competition. He has taken part in more than forty recordings, several of which have received prizes and honorary awards. He has received several grants from the Quebec Council of Arts and Letters, as well as from the Canada Council for the Arts. Sylvain Bergeron teaches the lute, baroque guitar and continuo at McGill University and Université de Montréal. More

Marie Bouchard, Harpsichord – Marie Bouchard graduated from McGill University and the Lille Conservatory in France. While in Europe, she participated in accompaniment workshops with Roy Goodman and Jos van Immerseel, through the European Community Baroque Orchestra. She has since been invited to accompany many major ensembles. Marie Bouchard is also very active as a baroque chamber player. Beside concerts with her ensemble Trillium Baroque of Ottawa, she is a member of the Montreal-based ensemble Les Voix Baroques, with which she toured in the Maritimes in 2003, and the Prairies in March 2004. More

Ensemble Caprice

Matthias Maute, Recorder
Sophie Larivière, Baroque Flute
Susie Napper, Cello
Erin Helyard, Harpsichord
David Jacques, Baroque Guitar
Olivier Brault, Baroque Violin

Under the artistic direction of Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, Ensemble Caprice is renowned for its innovative interpretations of baroque music. Originally formed in Germany in 1989, the ensemble is now well established in Montreal. Since its inception, Ensemble Caprice has received national and international acclaim for their performances of early music. The ensemble continues to give concerts in Europe, and is regularly invited to participate in such early music festivals as those in Bruges in Belgium, Utrecht in The Netherlands, and in Germany the Händel Festival in Halle and the Recorder Festival in Stockstadt.  More

David Greenberg, Fiddle, Baroque Violin - David Greenberg is known primarily as a baroque violinist who also plays fiddle in the Cape Breton and 18th-century Scottish styles. He grew up in Maryland, near Washington, D.C., learning violin from age four and exploring various fiddling styles early on. David studied baroque violin at Indiana University in the 1980s and joined Tafelmusik (Toronto) for ten years, 1988-1998. He became a Canadian citizen in the 1990s and has lived in Halifax since 2000. David is featured on dozens of recordings. His latest release (2010) is entitled Let Me In This Ae Night, with Chris Norman. More

Gryphon Trio

Jamie Parker, Piano
Annalee Patapatanikoon, Violin
Roman Borys, Cello

Having impressed international audiences and the press with their highly refined, dynamic performances, the Gryphon Trio has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. With a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-­‐day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century. The Gryphon Trio has been ensemble–in–residence at Music Toronto for eight years, and tours extensively throughout North America and Europe. More

Olivier Henchiri, Cello - Olivier Henchiri studied with Anne Contant at the Conservatory of Music in Gatineau, where he completed his Concours and was awarded “le prix en violoncelle” in 2000. Olivier also placed second at the national finals of the Canadian Music Competition in the chamber music category, and he was awarded the Quebec Lieutenant Governor’s Award for excellence. Also a scholarship recipient of the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Olivier participated in the intensive Baroque program three times, where he studied Baroque cello with Christina Mahler. More

Kathleen Kajioka, Violin - Kathleen Kajioka has achieved a reputation as a musical multilinguist, moving between worlds with agility and uncompromising depth. Kathleen appears regularly as a baroque violist and violinist with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, as a modern violist with the critically acclaimed Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, and as an Arabic violinist with Maryem Tollar, Maza Mezé, and the Arabesque Orchestra, led by Bassam Bishara. Always open for a swing through the pop world, Kathleen has recorded for the likes of Jesse Cook, Luke Doucet and K-os. More

Amanda Keesmat, Cello - Originally from Hamilton, Amanda Keesmaat obtained her Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario and her Artist Diploma from McGill University. Amanda Keesmaat has been a vibrant presence in the Montreal early music community for more than 10 years. Amanda appears regularly on concert series’ with Ensemble Caprice, Clavecin en Concert, Studio Musique Ancienne de Montréal and at festivals such as Montreal Baroque, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and Vancouver Early Music Festival (Festival Vancouver). As a founding member of Ensemble Les Voix Baroques and Skye Consort, she has performed across Canada. Amanda has recorded for ATMA discs, Analekta, ombú, CBC radio and CBC television, BRAVO and radio-canada. More

Les Voix Baroques

Yulia van Doren
Shannon Mercer
Matthew White
Charles Daniels
Sumner Thompson

Les Voix Baroques is an ensemble of vocal soloists specializing in works from the Renaissance and Baroque. Past projects include Bach’s St. John and St. Matthew Passion with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Bach Cantatas with Ensemble Les Boreades, a tour of Germany with IConfidenti Berlin and a 2007 Juno Nominated and Opus award winning Atma recording of Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri with Les Voix Humaines and conductor Alexander Weimann. Les Voix Baroques have also appeared in concert for Festival Vancouver, the Boston Early Music Festival, Houston’s Mercury Baroque Orchestra, Montreal Baroque, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Nova Scotia’s Music Royale, Sackville Early Music Festival, Domaine Forget, the Elora Festival and in two Opus Award winning concerts produced by CBC for their McGill Concert Series. More

Jean-Christophe Maillard, Musette de Cour

Chloe Meyers, Violin - Violinist Chloe Meyers is in the midst of discovering life balance with the recent addition of her second son Thomas. Enjoying the challenge (and finally getting more sleep!) Chloe plays a major role in the Montreal and North American early music scene. First violinist of Ensemble Les Voix Baroques, she has been a lead role in the production of many recordings and musical projects, the latest success being the 2008 Opus winning and Juno nominated Buxtehude Membra Jesu recording. She has recorded as well for ATMA, Analekta, CBC Records, earlymusic.com and Bravo television. Chloe loves to cook, walk her dog, spend time with her family, but hates to clean. More

Chris Norman, Baroque Flute – Born in Halifax Nova Scotia, Chris began his formal musical studies at the age of ten. His interest in the traditional music of Maritime Canada; Scottish, Irish and French Canadian Styles, drew him from his early path studying classical flute. Chris embarked upon a quest to learn the music from the tradition bearers, travelling across North America and Europe in the 1980′s apprenticing himself with older players. His subsequent work has explored and redefined the boundaries of both traditional and early-music genres, forging a synthesis that has been embraced by audiences, scholars, and critics alike. More

Pacifica Quartet

Simin Ganatra Violin
Sibbi Bernhardsson, Violin
Masumi Per Rostad, Viola
Brandon Vamos, Cello

Named Musical America’s 2009 Ensemble of the Year, the Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet has received international acclaim as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. Recent career honors include appointment as quartet-in-residence at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the position held for 43 years by the Guarneri String Quartet. In 2009 the Pacifica was named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America and received the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. The Pacifica Quartet was appointed to the faculty of the University of Illinois in 2004 and serves as Faculty Quartet in Residence. Its members live in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. They are also resident performing artists at the University of Chicago and the Longy School in Boston. More

Annalisa Pappano, Lirone - Annalisa Pappano is a highly sought after performer of the lirone, pardessus, and viola da gamba. She performs throughout the United States and Europe. Pappano has been recognized for bringing together the best talent to present groundbreaking programs and landmark performances. She is director of the Catacoustic Consort, a Cincinnati based Early Music ensemble. Pappano studied viola da gamba performance at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute and at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Pappano is currently teaching viola da gamba at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a performance practice orchestra workshop at Miami University (Ohio). More

Alexander Weimann, Harpsichord - In recent years Alexander Weimann has established a reputation as one of the leading harpsichordists and ensemble leaders of his generation. He has performed throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. He is a regular member of Tragicomedia and also appears as a frequent guest artist. Mr. Weimann was born in Munich, Germany, where he studied musicology, theatre theory, medieval latin, organ, church music and jazz piano. In 1997 his group Le Nuove Musiche won first prize in the early music competition Concorso Premio Bonporti in Rovereto, Italy. From 1990-95 he taught music theory at the Münchner Musikhochschule. Since 1998, he has given classes in harpsichord, chamber music and performance practice at the Lunds University in Malmø, Sweden, the Hochschule für Musik in Bremen, Germany, and also at several American festivals and universities. Mr. Weimann currently lives in Berlin. More

The Tokyo String Quartet

Martin Beaver, Violin
Kikuei Ikeda, Violin
Kazuhide Isomura, Viola
Clive Greensmith, Cello

The Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since it was founded 40 years ago. Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the Tokyo Quartet has collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and composers, built a comprehensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings and established a distinguished teaching record. Officially formed in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music, the quartet traces its origins to the Toho School of Music in Tokyo. Soon after its formation, the quartet won First Prize at the Coleman Competition, the Munich Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. An exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon firmly established it as one of the world’s leading quartets.  It has since released more than 40 landmark recordings, and now records on the Harmonia Mundi label. More