BIOGRAPHIES

 
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Nathalie Paulin
soprano

Soprano Nathalie Paulin has established herself in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Far East as an interpretive artist of the very first rank. Winner of a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Opera Performance, she has collaborated with internationally renowned conductors including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Roger Norrington, Bernard Labadie, Robert Spano, Kent Nagano and Mario Bernardi amongst others, on both the concert platform and in opera. Reviewing for the New York Times, Steve Smith noted that "Paulin [sings] with rich tone and compelling emotion.", while Renaud Machart from Paris’ Le Monde writes: “Nathalie Pauiln was impeccable in diction, musicality and style”.
Ms. Paulin was featured with important roles in many opera houses, such as l’Opéra de Montréal, the Chicago Opera Theater, the Arizona Opera, the Pacific Opera Victoria, the Calgary Opera, l’Opéra de Québec, the Ottawa Lyra Opera, the Vancouver Opera, the Cincinnati Opera, l’Opéra Lafayette (Washington D.C. and New York) the Tampa Opera (Floride), as well as The Dallas Opera.
Ms. Paulin has appeared with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (Holland), at the Wexford Festival Opera (Ireland), and with Bard Summerscape (New York). Further engagements included Mozart’s REQUIEM with Toronto’s Talefmusik as well as with Alberta Ballet; Handel’s MESSIAH notably with The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Oregon Symphony (Portland).
Recent enagagements include the role of the Countess in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO for Opera Lyra Ottawa; Beethoven’s Mass in C for Toronto’s Tafelmusik; CARMINA BURANA for the Lanaudière Festival; scenes from OEDIPE A COLONE, SAPHO and MEDÉE for Opera Lafayette (Washington D.C. and New York City); MESSIAH for Portland Baroque Orchestra (Oregon) and Naples Philharmonic (Florida), and Mahler #2 for Kingston Symphony and for Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.
Nathalie Paulin has been teaching voice as well as French Mélodie for undergraduate students and Advanced French Lyric Diction for graduate students at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, since 2008.

 
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Pierre-André Doucet
piano

Renowned for his vivid soundscapes and inventive texts, pianist and writer Pierre-André Doucet is a leading voice among Canada’s newest generation of artists.

 

In addition to having been heard on NPR, Radio-Canada, Espace musique, and CBC Radio's Next! series, Mr. Doucet has also been featured on CBC Radio 2's list of 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30. Recent musical projects have seen him perform extensively across Canada, as well as in Austria, France, Germany, South Africa, Spain and the United States. He has also performed aboard the ms Koningsdam as a member of its inaugural Lincoln Center Stage piano quintet, a collaboration between the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Holland America Line.

 

Mr. Doucet has been a guest soloist with several orchestras in Canada and South Africa, under the leadership of Airat Ichmouratov, Carel Henn, Stéphane Laforest and Véronique Lussier. An engaging chamber musician and vocal pianist, he frequently works with countless established singers, choirs, instrumentalists and ensembles, including members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the roster of the Metropolitan Opera.

 

Winner of the prestigious Knigge Piano Competition, Mr. Doucet has also been a laureate of the Women's Musical Club of Toronto Career Development Award Competition and the Prix d’Europe. Furthermore, he has been recognized for his evocative and compelling readings of contemporary scores at the Ibiza International Piano Competition, as well as the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition alongside his duo partner, soprano Alexandra Smither. His ardent work in disseminating new music has also led him to premiere works by William Bolcom, Mark Carlson, Richard Gibson, Hendrik Hofmeyr, Libby Larsen, Nicole Lizée, Pierre Michaud, Jared A. Miller, Jocelyn Morlock, and Alan L. Smith.

 
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Julien LeBlanc
piano

A virtuoso whose enthusiasm is genuinely contagious, Canadian pianist Julien LeBlanc is renowned for his great musical sensibility and his talent as a communicator. Based in Montreal, Julien is a well sought-after soloist, chamber player and accompanist.  In 2015, he launched his first solo album “Mélancolies” which is dedicated a program of works by Dutilleux, Franck and Poulenc. The album was really well received: “LeBlanc proved a more than able interpreter, playing with warmth, clarity and flowing lyricism, all with a natural rhythmic sense. »  (Ruthland Herald) . « He handles every twist and turn with brio, his phrasing is analytical, and his brilliant technique puts him in a class of his own….His interpretation is always true, played with care, and packed with warmth. » (La Scena Musicale) He has also recorded two albums as a member of Trio Arkaède.  

 

Since 2012, Julien has been acting as co-artistic director of the summer concert series Barachois Summer Music in New-Brunswick. He has taken part in many concert tours across Canada with violinist Marc Djokic as well as soprano Miriam Khalil and Mezzo Lauren Segal for Jeunesses Musicales du Canada and Debut Atlantic. He is a part-time teacher at the University of Ottawa and works as a vocal coach and accompanist both at McGill University and Université de Montréal. He has given master classes in several universities across Canada and his frequently asked to sit on juries for music competitions. Julien LeBlanc is presently acting as Chair of the Board of Directors for Debut Atlantic. 

 
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Joel Ivany
stage director

Joel Ivany is the Founder and Artistic Director of AtG, and is the artistic director of Opera at Banff Centre. His directing credits include productions of Verdi’s Macbeth (Minnesota Opera), Carmen (Vancouver Opera), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Edmonton Opera), Gavin Bryars’ Marilyn Forever (Adelaide Festival) and Le nozze di Figaro (revival at Norwegian National Opera). He is the author of seven (and counting) original librettos for companies such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company. He was a multiple Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee for Outstanding Direction and has also been nominated for multiple Dora Awards for Outstanding New Opera/Musical, winning one for Figaro’s Wedding. Recent mainstage directing credits include Dead Man Walking at Minnesota Opera and the multiple award-winning production of Gluck’s Orphée⁺ with Opera Columbus, AtG and Banff Centre. He has directed productions for the Canadian Opera Company (Carmen), Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Mozart’s Requiem, Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins), the Canadian Children’s Opera Company (Brundibár), Vancouver Opera (Carmen, Dead Man Walking), and Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus (AtG and Banff Centre). Upcoming directing credits include new productions of Figaro’s Wedding (AtG), Hänsel und Gretel (Canadian Opera Company) and Candide (Edmonton Opera). He is a proud graduate of the Opera School at U of T and is a member of the Alumni Wall of Fame at his alma mater, Western University.

 
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Miriam Khalil
soprano

Miriam Khalil has sung on numerous opera stages across North America and the UK, including a stint at the renowned Glyndebourne Festival Opera (GFO) in the United Kingdom. Notable roles include Mimì in La Bohème(Canadian Opera Company, Minnesota Opera, Opera Hamilton, Calgary Opera and Against the Grain Theatre (AtG)); Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Opera Tampa and AtG/The Banff Centre/Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival); Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande (AtG); the Governess in The Turn of the Screw (AtG); Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare (GFO); Almirena in Rinaldo (GFO); Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Lyra Ottawa and AtG), Alcina (Fargo Moorhead Opera), Marzelline in Fidelio (Pacific Opera Victoria) and Mamah Cheney in Hagen’s Shining Brow (Urban Arias) among others.
Miriam is a graduate of the prestigious Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, the Steans Institute for Young Artists (Ravinia) and the Britten-Bears Young Artist Programme in England. While in her last year of the COC Ensemble Studio, she advanced to the semi-finals of the Metropolitan Opera Council auditions and represented the Great Lakes Region on the Met stage, during which she was featured in the documentary film The Audition. She is a recipient of multiple awards and grants from the George London Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Scholarships.

 
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Rosemarie Landry
soprano

Rosemarie Landry is currently Voice Professor at the Faculty of Music at the University of Montreal. Renowned soprano, she has sung in recitals and concerts on major Canadian stages and has been invited to perform with famous orchestras, as well as numerous operas and chamber music festivals around the world. She has also toured in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. She studied with Bernard Diamant, Pierre Bernac, Gérard Souzay and Margaret Harshaw, among others. Over the years, she has given master classes at various Canadian universities and opera companies, as well as abroad at the National Conservatories of Music and Dance (CNSMD) in Paris and Lyon, the conservatories of Beijing, Reykjavik and Bogota. She also offers masterclasses in other universities, and teaches at summer vocal art schools.
Having won the First prize in the Radio-Canada Young Performers Competition at the beginning of her career, Rosemarie Landry was subsequently the recipient of numerous awards, scholarships, honorary doctorates and other various distinctions. She is also a member of the Order of Canada, a knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (France) and a knight of the Order of the Pléiade.
Rosemarie Landry collaborates with some of Canada's leading cultural organizations, including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the National Arts Centre, the National Film Board, the New Brunswick Arts Council, the Gelber Foundation and the Canadian Francophone Orchestra.

 
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Matthew Ross
trumpet

Bermudian-Canadian trumpeter Matthew Ross moved to New Brunswick in August 2020 and is currently the Trumpet Teaching Artist at the Sistema New Brunswick Moncton Centre.

Before moving to Moncton, Matthew performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for their 2019/20 Season, playing the position of Assistant Principal Trumpet.

Matthew completed his Master’s degree at the Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler. He received his B.Mus in trumpet performance at the University of Toronto and his Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School, studying with Anita McAlister and Andrew McCandless.

Matthew has also performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Symphony New Brunswick, Hannaford Street Silver Band, Weston Silver Band, Hogtown Brass Quintet, East Coast Brass and Soundstreams.

When he is not playing trumpet, Matthew enjoys hosting brunch and baking quiche.

 
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shalan joudry
storyteller, poet and singer

Shalan Joudry is a Mi'kmaw oral storyteller, poet, drummer/singer, playwright, podcast producer and ecologist. Using her theatrical background, shalan brings Mi’kmaw stories and drum songs to a new generation of listeners, as well as recounting personally crafted narratives that follow Mi’kmaw storying custom. shalan has shared her poetry, oral storytelling and drum singing with numerous stages and events for over two decades.

shalan is the author of two books of poetry: Waking Ground, shortlisted for four different literary awards in 2021, and Generations Re-merging. Her first full length play, Elapultiek, was produced twice by Two Planks and a Passion Theatre (2018 and 2019) and published by Pottersfield Press (2019). shalan lives and works in her community of L’sitkuk (Bear River First Nation) with her family.

 
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Raymond Sewell
singer

Raymond Sewell is a musician from the Mi’kmaw community of Pabineau, New Brunswick. They started learning to play music at home when they were very young, picking up all the instruments they could find. They been performing on New Brunswick and Canadian stages since the early 2000s. Steering clear of labels, their music and compositions can be hip-hop, barbershop, soul and even opera, an art form they are currently studying in Halifax. Raymond is a prolific writer who puts pen to paper every day, accumulating songs from all musical genres. Their projects combine original lyrics and pop-soul melodies.

 
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Phoebe Robertson
flute

Flutist Phoebe Robertson has recently performed in such venues as Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw and Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, earning commendations for her solo, chamber, and orchestral playing. In 2015, she was awarded the Grand Prize of the National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition, and has since received awards throughout Canada and the United States, including the Harry G. Archer Award for Performance, the Silberman Chamber Music Award, and the title of Major Artist of the Pittsburgh Concert Society. She recently served as Substitute Lecturer in Flute Performance at Mount Allison University.

Praised for her “superb” orchestral leadership by Le Devoir (Montreal), she has led the flute sections of the Orchestra of the Americas, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the European Union Youth Orchestra in tours throughout North America and Europe. Her appearances as a concerto soloist have included performances with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic.

Raised in Sackville, New Brunswick, Phoebe holds a Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University (studying with Lorna McGhee) and a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from the University of Ottawa (studying with Camille Churchfield). Since September 2019, she has been a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts at the Manhattan School of Music, studying under Linda Chesis and Robert Langevin. Her studies are generously supported by the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, with previous support from the O’Brien Foundation, the Charlotte Glencross Foundation, and the New Brunswick Arts Board.

 
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Rachel Desoer
cello

Rachel Desoer is a Canadian cellist. She studied at the Juilliard School, Oberlin College, McGill University and the Banff Centre. She graduated from Oberlin in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music degree.

Rachel was the cellist of the Cecilia String Quartet from 2010 to 2018. In this ensemble, Rachel toured extensively around the world, recorded four albums on the Analekta label, and taught chamber music at the University of Toronto.

Touring has allowed Rachel to perform at such inspiring venues as Wigmore Hall (London), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Konzerthaus Berlin and many more. The Cecilia Quartet also made educational programming a priority, and performed hundreds of presentations for schools. In 2014, the quartet created a concert series called Xenia concerts, specifically designed for children on the autism spectrum and their families. Exemplifying the quartet's commitment to the equal representation of women in music, Rachel spearheaded the commissioning of four string quartets by Canadian women composers in 2016.

Rachel continues to play recitals and concertos with orchestra regularly. She has worked in orchestras, most notably, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company. Currently, Rachel is the principal cellist of Symphony Nova Scotia.

Rachel plays the 1929 Carlo Giuseppe Oddone cello generously on loan to her from an anonymous donor.

 
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Christianne Bélanger
mezzo-soprano

Christianne Bélanger is one of Canada’s most up-and-coming mezzo-sopranos singing internationally. After completing her Masters in Music and an Artist Diploma at the Université de Montréal, she made her professional debut as the Mother (The Consul - Menotti) at Opéra de Montréal. She was a member of the Académie de l'Opéra-Comique de Paris in 2013-14, where she performed in Lecocq’s Ali Baba as the hilarious Zobéide. In 2014, she premiered the iconic role of Carmen with conductor Jacques Lacombe, to critical acclaim.
Her most recent success on stage is as a fiery Madame de la Haltière in Massenet’s Cendrillon at Theater Ulm. Recently, she also performed the leading role of Gertrude Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon’s chamber opera, Twenty-Seven, and Larina (Eugene Onegin), both at Opéra de Montréal.
Notable roles from the past years include Nicklausse (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Siebel (Faust), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Prinz Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Polina (Pique Dame), Ramiro (Motezuma), Annio (La clemenza di Tito), Kuchtik (Rusalka) and Gymnasiast (Lulu), among others. She has worked with many theaters and orchestras around the world, such as the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Theater Ulm, the Staatstheater Augsburg, l'Opéra de Québec and the Jiangsu Performing Arts Group Symphony Orchestra (China).
Ms. Bélanger equally excels in chamber music and oratorio. She has performed in Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, Mozart’s Mass in C minor with Andrew Megill and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Choir, as well as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Mozart’s Requiem with the Augsburger Philharmonik, to name a few. She also performed the challenging Le marteau sans maître with Orchestre 21 and Maestro Paolo Bellomia.
Christianne performs chamber music as often as possible. She premiered the song cycle Sept facéties, op.86, by Canadian composer Richard Gibson, written expressly for her and pianist Pierre-André Doucet. She has toured “An der Donau”, a water-themed recital with pianist Carl Philippe Gionet, in Germany and Canada. She collaborates regularly with the Ensemble Katcor, performing opera arias and art song arranged for mezzo-soprano and horn quartet. In 2015 she toured China in a duet recital with soprano Suzanne Rigden and pianist Richard Coburn.
She has won First Prize at the 2013 Concours International de Chant Lyrique de Canari (Corsica), as well as the grand prize for the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques (Montreal).

 
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Martin Daigle
percussionist

Martin Daigle Is an interdisciplinary artist who is heavily involved in research and creation within audiovisual art forms. As a doctoral candidate in contemporary percussion at McGill University, he innovates both as a performer and a researcher within a variety of musical contexts.

As a performer, Martin has appeared in festivals including: Acadie Rock, the Congrès Mondial Acadien 2019, FestiChoeur d’Acadie, the Halifax Jazz Festival, Harvest Blues and Jazz, ImaginAIR International Festival, Inspire, the Indian River Festival, Mud City Meltdown and Rythmopolis. He performs a variety of musical genres with many different of artists, although he is mostly known as an up-and-coming classical percussionist and a rock drummer.

To improve his craft, he has studied a variety of musical genres as well as several pedagogical approaches. He is a student of traditional tabla drumming, which is a sacred percussion instrument within Indian culture. Classical Indian music does not work within the same rules and boundaries as western music; moreover, this art is taught purely in oral tradition. In 2019, he traveled to Israel to learn from Yoni Madar, who has an approach based on Middle Eastern tradition. The richness of Yoni’s pedagogical approach is based on the fluidity of movements to convey fluent musical ideas.

In 2021, Martin will release his first solo album, entitled Mossy Cobblestone, which symbolizes the effect of humans on the stability of Earth’s climate with a musical timeline. Martin appears as the drummer and percussionist in Les Moontunes.

 
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Christie Goodwin
oboe

Christie Goodwin is currently acting principal oboist and has been a core member of Symphony New Brunswick since 2011. She is a founding member of the Ventus Machina woodwind quintet and oboist of the Niagara Winds woodwind quintet based in Southern Ontario. She held the position of principal oboist of the Niagara Symphony until 2012, and has previously held principal and section-leader positions with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra and Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra. Christie has been featured with orchestras both as an oboe and English horn soloist on multiple occasions and has appeared as a freelance musician in ensembles throughout Southern Ontario and the Maritimes.

Originally from small-town Alberta, Ms. Goodwin completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of British Columbia, the Artist's Diploma program at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory, and in the fall of 2020 completed a post-graduate Diploma of Arts Management at Queen's University. Christie has taught oboe at the Université de Moncton, instructed and guest-lectured at Mount Allison University, and taught private lessons from her home studio in Dieppe for many years. She acts as co-ordinator, administrator and project manager for Ventus Machina.

 
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Patrick Bolduc
bassoon

Former principal bassoonist of both l'Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières (2003-2007) and the Niagara Symphony (2007-2012), Patrick is now the principal bassoonist of Symphony New Brunswick, and a founding member of the Ventus Machina woodwind quintet. After studying at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec, Patrick continued his studies in Toronto at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory.

M. Bolduc has travelled throughout Canada, the USA, Japan, and France. He has played as a freelance musician with l'Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, l'Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne, and l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, among others. A native of Québec, Patrick now lives and works in New Brunswick, where he spends his time performing with Ventus Machina and Symphony New Brunswick, serving as bassoon faculty at Mount Allison University, caring for his active young family, and operating as the sole proprietor of his independent sports sales agency.

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Jonathan Fisher
french horn
 

Vancouver native Jonathan Fisher has been slowly working his way across the country, first by completing his studies at the University of Calgary, the University of Toronto, and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and now by situating himself in the music community of Saint John, New Brunswick. Jon's diverse interests in music, both old and new, have taken him to a variety of performance settings, making him equally at home performing from the middle of a lake or in an old parking garage as he is on stage at a concert hall. He has performed with a number of orchestras, including the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Calgary Philharmonic, and can currently be found performing regularly with Symphony New Brunswick. Jon is also active as a teacher, both privately and with the Sistema New Brunswick program, and is very proud of his many devoted students and their achievements.

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Michel Deschênes
percussions

Michel Deschênes (M. Ed. B. Mus. in Performance) is Professor of Percussion at l'Université de Moncton. He is the founding member of the Amerythme percussion quartet, formed in 1989.

Born in Caraquet, New Brunswick, he has recorded and toured extensively across Canada, France, Belgium and Morocco. Michel is a recipient of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award. He has been heard and seen frequently on television for CBC (East Coast Music Awards), Radio-Canada and TV5. He has played on major stages across the country such as the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Canada Day in Ottawa and the Festival d’été de Québec, to name a few.

Michel is the leader of “The Escola de Samba Acadia”, a
group of percussionists who play Brazilian-style street samba, available for parades or special events.