SAMUEL BLANCHETTE-GAGNON MARIE BÉGIN
The duo formed by violinist Marie Bégin and pianist Samuel Blanchette-Gagnon was founded in 2015 when the pair had the opportunity to work together during competitions and summer festivals. They have been working together since then, giving very personal interpretations of a large diversity of repertoire and creating concerts of a unique quality. Very active on the stages of the Province of Quebec, the duo just recorded in Domaine Forget an album devoted to Debussy, Szymanowski and Franck.
Listed by CBC as one of the “30 hot classical musicians under 30”, 23 year-old pianist Samuel Blanchette-Gagnon impresses with his fervor, his profound interpretations and his large color palette. Winner of the prestigious Prix d’Europe 2019 and of the Canadian Music Center Prize, laureate of the Stepping Stone (Canadian Music Competition), he regularly performs with formations such as the Orchestre Symphonique de la Côte-Nord, the Appassionata Chamber Orchestra or the Orchestre des Jeunes de Montréal, and will soon perform with the Arthur-Leblanc Quartet and at Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur, among others.
Passionate of chamber music, Samuel just recorded with violinist Marie Bégin an album devoted to Debussy, Szymanowski and Franck. Together with different colleagues, it was possible to hear him at Festival Musique de Chambre at Ste-Pétronille, at Riviera Academy in Switzerland, at Holy-Trinity Cathedral of Quebec, at Sine Nomine Serie of Quebec, etc.
Graduated from Conservatory of Music of Quebec where he obtained a first prize of piano and chamber music, Samuel now pursues advanced training with renowned pianist and teacher Michel Franck and had the chance to work with internationally celebrated musicians such as André Laplante, Bertrand Chamayou, Benedetto Lupo and Stephen Kovacevich.
« Deux artistes intellectuels »("Two intellectual artists") (Luis Grinhauz, assistant violon solo de l’OSM)
« Une équipe formidable »("A great team") (Lise Daoust, professeure à l’Université de Montréal)
« Belle fougue et présence »("Great enthusiasm and presence") (Lyne Fortin, soprano).