FOUNDER AND CELLIST
Present in Quebec’s classical music and popular music scenes for more than ten years, Marie-Pier has collaborated on stage and in the studio with musicians as diverse as Pascale Picard, Ben Shampooing, Tire le Coyote, Martin Fontaine, Disturbed, Gaspar Eden, Les Évadés, Bonhomme Setter, the Université Laval Baroque Music Workshop, the television show En Direct de l’Univers (live from the Universe) and the Trident Theatre. Her years of experience and her university studies in cello performance have allowed to her to foster relationships with a wealth of talented cellists, violists and violinists. By their side, Marie-Pier has made Collectif de la Cité an active presence in events throughout Quebec since 2018.
Collectif de la Cité’s team is made up of highly professional, versatile musicians who will be delighted to accompany you at every step of the musical programming of your event!
VIOLINIST AND VIOLIST
Marie-Noëlle started playing the violin even before beginning elementary school. For more than twenty-five years, she received classical training with teachers and professors including Nicole Trottier, a founding member of the Violons du Roy. She developed a particular affinity for early and baroque music, which led her to found the trio Les Enlumineuses, in which she acts today as violist. At the same time, a peformance during the New France Festival in Quebec City brought about a new curiosity for Celtic music, and she now explores composition and world rhythms with the group Bonhomme Setter. For more than fifteen years, Marie-Noëlle has co-directed the Anne-Hélène Chevrette violin school in Quebec City, bringing together more than 120 violinists, violists and cellists. Her weekly work with so many aspiring string players allows her to pass on her passion for the violin, the viola and the string orchestra to her students.
Pascale began playing the violin at the age of three, at the La Baie music school. At nine years old she was admitted to the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique of Saguenay. Since 2006, Pacale has participated in recording sessions, performances and television programs as a violinist and backing vocalist. Her background in both classical and popular music has made her a versatile violinist who plays sensitively and can improvise with ease. She has accompanied several artists on the stage including Lara Fabian, Michael Bublé, Roch Voisine, DISTURBED, 2CELLOS, Véronic Dicaire, Michel Fugain, Isabelle Boulay, Robert Charlebois, Lynda Lemay, George Perris, Marie-Élaine Thibert, Maxime Landry, Kevin Parent, and many others.
Born in Rivière-du-Loup, Marie-Pier and Marie-Christine met when they were still only amateur musicians. They quickly became an important part of each other’s lives. As friends, colleagues, and roommates, they have since shared many great memories. Marie-Christine's creativity and her ability to express her emotions in her music makes her an exceptional improviser and a highly nuanced and flamboyant violinist on stage. She is a member of the country-folk group Les Chercheurs d'Or, with whom she has performed all over Quebec, as well as in France and Switzerland. Founder of the jazz quintet Les Évadés, she is able to fully express herself as an accomplished composer. Marie-Christine also collaborates with various artists such as Tire le Coyote, Julie Rousseau and 5 For Trio, and is a member of the Quebec Improvised Music Ensemble. She teaches jazz violin at the Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy and at the Anne-Hélène Chevrette Violin School.
Andrea Loach, violist, is a graduate of McGill University, University of Ottawa and HEC Montréal. During her studies, Andrea was able to immerse herself in the musical knowledge, life experiences and expert advice of great violists such as Frédéric Lambert, Douglas McNabney, André Roy, Jethro Marks, Rennie Reghr, Neal Gripp, and many other musicians. An unforgettable event she was lucky to experience was participating in the Busan Maru International Music Festival in South Korea in the summer of 2016, with the Orford Academy Orchestra. The orchestra accompanied internationally renowned soloists such as Québec pianist Charles-Richard Hamelin and Dutch bassoonist Bram van Sambeek. To broaden her area of expertise, she also studied teaching and management. Today, Andrea works in many areas of the arts industry as a manager, teacher and freelance musician. Truly, any opportunity to introduce a variety of musical styles (and above all, at its highest quality) to those navigating the world of event planning is ideal when true musical camaraderie can be achieved, such as with the Collectif de la Cité!
Émilie began playing violin at the age of 6. As a child, she participated several times in the Concours de musique de la Capitale, in which she was a finalist and a gold medalist. She received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in classical performance (each with honours) from the Faculty of Music at Université Laval, studying with Hibiki Kobayashi, violinist with the Quatuor Arthur-Leblanc. Along with working as a passionate violinist and violin teacher, Émilie is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in music performance under the supervision of Richard Paré, founding member of the Violons du Roy. During her career as a student, she distinguised herself as concertmaster of the Université Laval Faculty of Music’s Baroque music workshop symphony orchestra, also playing with the orchestra as soloist.
Aurélie holds a Bachelor and a Master’s degree in violin performance from the University of Ottawa, where she studied with Professor Yehonatan Berick. She is currently pursuing her PhD in musicology at Laval University. Aurélie participated in masterclasses and music institutes that gave her the opportunity to travel to Canada, France, the United States, Portugal, South Korea and Italy. During her studies in Ottawa, she played in the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and the University of Ottawa Orchestra. She also played with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2014 and 2016, as well as the Orford Academy Orchestra in 2016. She is currently concertmaster of the Orchestre symphonique de musique de film de Québec and regularly performs in concert with her quartet Canto Sentimento Strings in Ottawa. She won several awards and distinctions including the Dean of the Faculty of Arts’ Merit Scholarship, the Governor General’s Academic Medal, Lieutenant Governor of Quebec Medal and the plaque of the Faculty of Music for the highest standing in the Bachelor of Music program. Aurélie is a recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS). She presented her research at international conferences, including at the MusCan and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) conventions in 2019.
Originally from the Montérégie area, Simon began the study of violin at the age of 13. He pursued his musical studies by completing a bachelor’s degree, and in 2013, graduated from a master’s degree in the class of Claude Richard at the Université de Montréal. During his studies, he was awarded a Marcel-Saucier bursary of excellence, won the OPMEM concerto competition in Montréal giving him the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the orchestra, and received a first prize in chamber music at the Festival du royaume au Saguenay. He then continued on with an internship in Switzerland at the Académie de violon Kayaleh and graduated in 2020 from an Artist Diploma at McGill University in the class of Violaine Melançon. After a complete season with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Simon reentered the musical scene in Québec. He is a member of the Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and plays regularly with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Ensemble Galileo and the Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke. His musical horizons are diverse. In addition to his career as a baroque violinist, he plays the nyckelharpa, a traditional Swedish instrument and is part of a duet in which are intertwined Québec and Scandinavian folklore music.
Elsa began the violin at the age of three at the Conservatoire de Perpignan. At the age of 9, she joined the class of Alexandre Benderski, in which she stayed until she was 18. She concluded her graduate studies with M. Brunschwig and obtained her Diploma in Musical Studies in 2016. During the following years, she performed several concerts as a soloist accompanied by the String Orchestra of the Conservatoire de Perpignan. From 2013 to 2018, she was a member of the Perpignan Symphony Orchestra and in 2016, she joined an octet, participating in many festivals and perfecting different musical styles (gypsy, tunisian, irish and brazilian music). In 2019, she moved to Montreal to start a Baccalaureate at the Conservatoire de Musique in the class of Anne Robert. She now plays with the Conservatoire de Montréal Symphony Orchestra, which allowed her to play under the baton of several maestros, including Alexandre Bloch, Jean-Michel Malouf, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Yoav Talmi, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, and the maestria Alondra de la Parra. Every year, she participates in musical workshops during which she was able to meet different teachers and soloists, such as Martin Chalifour, Laurent Korcia, Deborah Nemtanu, Sarah Nemtanu, Nemanja Radulovic, Svetlin Roussev and Pablo Schatzman. In 2014, she participated in a contemporary music festival in Ijevsk in Russia, from which she gained a significant experience.
Guillaume started the cello at the age of 12. A few months of training were enough to allow him to start studying at the Conservatoire de Trois-Rivières, where he completed a preparatory Diploma and a DEC in cello performance. During this period, he occasionally attended masterclasses with Brian Manker, principal cellist of the OSM. In May 2019, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in cello performance at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal with Carole Sirois. He made several trips to the Domaine Forget Academy and Orford International Academy, where he was lucky enough to learn from eminent cellists such as Emmanuel Bertrand, Yegor Dyachkov and Brian Manker. Since he completed his studies, he has been involved in several projects with various ensembles. Artistic Coordinator and cellist for Ensemble Volte, he also plays for Mehdi Bahmad, Maxime Auguste, David Portelance and Fany Dumais, with whom he recorded an EP.
Born in Rouen, William began studying the violin at the age of five. He won first place twice in the Vatelot-Rampal competition in Paris, at the age of ten and twelve, while pursuing his studies at the Conservatoire de Rouen. At the age of fifteen, he obtained his Diploma in Musical Studies (DMS). The same year, he entered the Conservatoire de Boulogne-Billancourt in Paris, in the class of Christophe Poiget. After three years studying in Paris, he obtained a DMS, violin specialty, as well as a Technical Baccalaureate in Music and Dance. To perfect his technique, he moved to Montreal where he was admitted to the Conservatoire de Musique, in the class of Johanne Arel. After obtaining a Diploma of Specialized Studies in 2017 and a Diploma of Specialized Superior Studies with distinction in 2019, he completed his graduate studies in 2020 with a Professional Diploma in orchestral studies with Anne Robert. During his years in Montreal, William got the chance to accompany Robert Charlebois in an orchestra and to play with several conductors, such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vasily Petrenko and Yoav Talmi. He also participated in specialized workshops, during which he studied with several violinists, including Raymond Dessaints, Marcelle Mallette, Paul Zafer and David Stewart.
Frédérique and Marie-Pier met a few years ago while they were playing together for the “Elvis Experience" show, under the direction of Martin Fontaine. Their cello playing fit together perfectly and they quickly realized that their connection went beyond the music. This is how they became the two inseparable cellists of the “Elvis Experience” production and how Marie-Pier discovered not only a great musician, but also a genuine, generous and passionate woman. Frédérique holds a Master's degree in Classical performance and has had the chance to participate in multiple advanced workshops, notably at the Domaine Forget Academy, with Jean Deplace, Philippe Muller, Martin Ostertag and Walter Joachim. Very active as a freelancer, she is sought after for her versatility. She is a founding member of the Piacella Trio and has also collaborated extensively with popular artists. We recently saw her on stage in Keith Kouna's fabulous winter travel show.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Alejandro Calzadilla began playing the cello at the age of 8 at the Emil Friedman College with Arvydas Griskevicius and German Marcano. He continued his studies in Mr. Marcano's class at The Escuela de Musica Mozarteum. Alejandro performed as a soloist and principal cellist with the Arcos Juveniles and Virtuosi orchestras of Caracas, and also with La Orquesta Municipal. In 2007, he began a Bachelor of Music degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax with Shimon Walt and completed it at the University of Ottawa with Paul Marleyn. Alejandro had the privilege to play for renowned cellists, such as Natalia Gutman, Richard Aaron, Clive Greensmith, Lynn Harrell, Denise Djokic, Phillippe Muller and Thomas Weibe. He participated in the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Scotia Festival of Music, the Domaine Forget Academy and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. Alejandro completed a Master's degree and an Artistic Diploma at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec with Blair Lofgren. He is a member of the cello octet Element 8 and often plays with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy.
Very active in the music world, Karina participates in many projects. During the past few years, she has been featured in the production of the Capitole de Québec “Elvis Experience”, the Beatles Orchestra (K.O. Scène) and in a duet with Chantal Masson Bourque. She was also invited as a violist for the 2017 Radio-Canada program En direct de l'univers New Year's Day special. In 2016, she played both violin and viola in Keith Kouna's Winter Journey, which garnered four nominations at the Gala ADISQ, among others in the "Spectacle de l’année" category. She is also an appreciated pedagogue who is a member of the pedagogical committee of the Laval University A-M-Globenski Preparatory School.
Laurianne studied music at the Académie les Estacades, in several ensembles directed by Sébastien Lépine, and at the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières with Jocelyne Bastien and Karine Rousseau, with whom she is currently completing her Diploma of College Studies. For two consecutive summers at the Domaine Forget, she worked with musicians such as Atar Arad, Roberto Diaz, Hariolf Schlichtig, Miguel da Silva, Paul Silverthorne, and Jocelyne Bastien, as well as François Paradis, with whom she studied for three years at the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec. In autumn of 2019, Laurianne will return to the Conservatoire de Trois-Rivières to complete her Bachelor’s degree in viola performance. Since her collegiate studies, Laurianne has been involved in numerous projects involving classical music but also rock, pop, jazz, folk, progressive and film musics. She has recorded with Jael Bird Joseph, Laurence Castera, Marie Onile, Andréanne A. Malette, Cosmophone and Bears of Legend.
Born in Quebec, Mélanie Charlebois began studying the violin at the age of five. She studied first at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec with Jean Angers, and continued her studies at the Faculty of Music of Laval University, where she obtained, in December 2002, a Master's degree in violin performance. In 1999 and 2002, she was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada with whom she toured in Japan. In 2003-2004, Mélanie studied orchestral repertoire with Darren Lowe at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec. Between 2003 to 2016, she played regularly with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and in 2017, she won a full-time position. She has been the coordinator of the musician's staff at the Orchestre symphonique de Québec since 2011 and plays with various chamber music ensembles, including the Piacella Trio.