Sunday, February 5, 2023, 3:00 pm

Darke Hall, Conservatory of Performing Arts

Celebrated and seasoned concert duo Marina Thibeault, viola and Janelle Fung, piano, delight audiences across Canada, the United States, and Europe with their elegant, spellbinding performances and engaging presence. Marina and Janelle perform a compelling programme: Elles, a tour-de-force exploration of works by female composers from across the centuries.

ELLES 

Clara Schumann (1819-1896) – 3 romances Op.22 (10:00)
Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) – Trois pièces pour violoncelle et piano arr. for alto and piano (1914) (7:00)
Fanny Hensel – Dämmrung senkte sich von oben (3:00)
Anna Pidgorna b. 1985) – The Child, Bringer of Light for solo viola (2013) (10:00)
Alexina Louie – I leap through the Sky with Stars (8:00)
Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979) – Sonata for viola and piano 1919 (25:00)


Marina Thibeault’s “plangent tone and expressive phrasing” (The Strad) foreground a great richness in their playing that is on display across various styles. Since 2019, the violist is a faculty member at the British-Colombia University while keeping and dynamic profile as a soloist and chamber musician, and inspiring future generations of musicians to be inclusive and bold in their musical pursuits.

An accomplished soloist, Marina has performed with the North Czech Philharmonic, Mariánské Lázně Symphony Orchestra, the Santiago Chamber Orchestra, the Verbier Festival, the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Sinfonia Toronto, to mention a few.

An avid chamber musician, Marina Thibeault has collaborated with members of the Guarneri Quartet, the Cleveland Quartet, Charles-Richard Hamelin, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, and Johannes Moser, amongst other renowned chamber musicians. Their interest in new music has led them to work with composers such as Raven Chacon, Ana Sokolović, John Corigliano and Krzysztof Penderecki.

Toquade, Thibeault’s first album, was released in April 2017 on the ATMA label, and was nominated by the ADISQ and Prix Opus for Album of the Year. Its 2020 JUNO Award-nominated album ELLES honours groundbreaking women composers from Clara Schumann to the present day.  explores the musical links between several northern cultures. From the 2016 concerto by Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks to solo works by Anishinaabe composer Melody McKiver to the very first viola concerto—composed around 1716 by Telemann—the elections on this album showcase the spellbinding talent of Thibeault, who is joined by Orchestre de l’Agora under Nicolas Ellis.

With their recent album, Viola Borealis (2022), Marina Thibeault explores the musical connections between different northern cultures. From the 2016 concerto by Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks, to solo works by Anishinaabe composer Melody McKiver to the very first viola concerto- composed around 1716 by Telemann- this album showcases the spellbinding talent of Thibeault, joined by the Orchestre de l’Agora and conductor Nicolas Ellis.

Marina Thibeault holds numerous honours and distinctions, including prizes from the Fondation Père-Lindsay (2017), Révélation Radio-Canada (2016-2017), CBC’s 30 hot classical musicians under 30 (2016), and the Sylva Gelber Foundation (2016). Thibeault also won the first prize in the string category of Prix d’Europe (2015), the McGill Concerto Competition (2015), the Radio-Canada Jeunes Artistes prize (2007) as well as a special prize at the Beethoven Hradec International Viola Competition (2008).

After studying at the Curtis Institute of Music with Michael Tree and Roberto Diaz, their studies continued abroad at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana under the tutelage of Bruno Giuranna. Marina Thibeault pursued graduate studies at the Schulich School of Music at the McGill University with André Roy, for both Master’s and Doctoral degree. Their research areas include gender in music and sports psychology applied to elite musicians. In 2018, Thibeault joined the Domaine Forget International Festival and Academy and recently joined the faculty of the Scotia Festival in 2022.

A certified Sivananda yoga instructor, Marina integrates mindfulness techniques into their teaching. When not playing the viola or spending time with their children Lucien and Tabea, Marina trains with running and long distance biking

Marina would like to sincerely thank Canimex for their generous support.