Meet our musicians

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Dorothy Fieldman Fraiberg, piano

Pianist, founder and Artistic Director of Allegra Chamber Music and Bach Before Bedtime, Dorothy Fieldman Fraiberg studied with Paul Loyonnet and Nadia Reisenberg of New York. She holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Montréal. Co-founder of the River Tree Arts Festival in Kennebunkport, Ms. Fieldman Fraiberg taught at Sir George Williams University and was Director of Music at the Saidye Bronfman Centre. She has performed as a soloist with the McGill Chamber Orchestra and as a chamber musician in Canada, the United States, India, Singapore and Russia, as well as recorded on the Atma label.

Simon Aldrich, clarinet

Called "a spectacular player" by The Los Angeles Times, holder of a doctorate and two masters degrees from Yale University and nominated for an Opus Award as "Discovery of the Year", Simon Aldrich is currently Principal Clarinet of l'Orchestre Métropolitain and Assistant Professor of Music at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. He has also been Principal Clarinet of the Chicago Classical Symphony and the Colorado Philharmonic. Aldrich has performed as soloist with the Toronto Symphony among other orchestras. With Nouvel Ensemble Moderne he has performed across Canada, the United States, England, France, Belgium, Germany, Australia and Japan. He is heard regularly on CBC and has recorded for the Deutsche Grammophon, Atma and Analetka labels, among others.

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Lara Deutsch, flute

Named one of CBC Music’s “Hot 30 Under 30 Canadian Classical Musicians”, flutist Lara Deutsch is a versatile soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician.  Lara recently acted as Assistant Principal Flute & Piccolo in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra during the 2016-2017 season and has since returned to the Ottawa-Montreal area, where she performs regularly with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony.  A passionate competitor, Lara was a first prize winner of the OSM’s 2014 Standard Life Competition. Additionally, she was the Grand Prize Winner of both the National Arts Centre Bursary Competition and the Canadian Music Competition.

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Antoine Bareil, violin

Violinist Antoine Bareil has played in more than a dozen countries. A graduate from the Music Conservatory of Trois-Rivières, a scholar of the Wilfrid-Pelletier Foundation, winner of the Canada Music Competition, he also studied at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria. As a soloist, he performed with the orchestras of Drummondville, Halifax, Longueuil, Trois-Rivières, Saskatoon, Sudbury, the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra, I Musici de Montréal and the Aspekte Ensemble für Neue Musik in Salzburg. He played the works of Philip Glass and Karlheinz Stockhausen in front of the famous composers, notably the famous Helicopter Quartet by the late German composer. He wrote the music for a few short films produced by the National Film Board of Canada; sought-after arranger, his works are played and recorded by Alain Lefèvre, the Sinfonia de Lanaudière and Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà among others. Versatile musician, he can be heard on many recordings of various styles, counting four with harpist Valérie Milot. He is a member of Quartango, solo violin of the Laval Symphonic Orchestra and plays regularly with the Violons du Roy. He won various prizes, namely the Juno Award for best instrumental recording in 2015 for Quartango’s “Encuentro”. Antoine Bareil plays on a violin by Vuillaume and with a bow by Voirin, loaned by Canimex.

Photo by  Vivian Doan

Photo by Vivian Doan

Amélie Benoit Bastien, violin

Amélie Benoit Bastien holds a doctorate from the Université de Montréal in the class of Claude Richard. She was a prize-winner of the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières competition, at the Festival de musique du Royaume, the Radio-Canada competition “Jeunes Artistes”, and the Canadian Music Competition. She has also studied with Pinchas Zukerman, David Cerone, Pierre Amoyal, Mark Fewer, and Andrew Dawes. A member of l’Orchestre de chamber I Musici de Montréal, she is also a professor at the Cégep Lionel Groulx. 

Alexander Lozowski, violin

Alexander Lozowski completed his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at McGill University and the University of Toronto. He has performed on tours of Asia, Europe and the United States with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has also played in Carnegie Hall. Avidly interested in musical outreach, he plays regularly in hospitals, extended care facilities, and other non traditional venues. Awards have included grants from the Anne Burrows Foundation, the Winspear Foundation, the Chalmers Foundation and the Alberta Arts Foundation.

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Vanessa Marcoux, violin

Vanessa Marcoux holds a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from McGill University (where she earned the mention “Outstanding Achievement in Violin”), as well as a Master’s degree in violin from the University of Montreal. She also perfected her training at the prestigious Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon (France). She then pursued a second bachelor’s degree in instrumental composition at the University of Montreal where she studied with Ana Sokolovic. She has received numerous grants and awards both as a violinist and a composer, and is now performing regularly as a soloist and a chamber musician in an array of musical activities, ranging from classical and contemporary music to world music, jazz and improvisation. She is also a member of the group Oktopus, a Montreal-based band which has garnered acclaim for its revitalization of Klezmer repertoire (JUNO and Canadian Folk Music Award nominee in 2017).

Bojana Milinov, viola

Bojana Milinov was born in Belgrade, Serbia. In 2000, she came to Montreal to pursue her studies at the University of Montreal under professor Eleonora Turovsky, with whom she completed her doctorate in performance. Violist of the Voxpopuli String Quartet, Milinov is now established in Montreal and pursues a career as a soloist, chamber musician and an orchestra musician collaborating with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal, and many more. She plays on a viola made by Isabelle Wilbaux/Martin Heroux, La Charterelle 2001.

Photo by  Vivian Doan

Photo by Vivian Doan

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Elvira Misbakhova, viola

Elvira Misbakhova began her violin training at the age of seven in her native Tatarstan, Russia. In 1999, she arrived in Montreal to study viola with Eleonora Turovsky. She graduated in 2005 with a PhD in musical performance from the University of Montreal, a recipient of the FQRSC award as well as her faculty’s prestigious bursary of excellence (FESP). Misbakhova is currently assistant principal violist of the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil. As soloist, she has performed with the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Drummondville Symphony Orchestra, I Musici de Montreal and the Orchestre Interculturel de Montréal, with whom she premiered Boris Pigovat's "Holocaust Requiem". In 2000, she joined the celebrated band Kleztory, discovering her talent for improvisation and her deep passion for klezmer music. Elvira performs on a 1962 Giacomo and Leandro Bisiach viola generously loaned by the Canimex Foundation.

Jean René, viola

Jean René, violist, spent several years working in Italy before returning to study composition and conducting. Associate Principal Viola with the Orchestre Métropolitain from 1991 to 2002, he collaborates with chamber music groups, orchestral groups and numerous studio projects involving improvisation and exploration for dance, theater, film and instrumental music. His performance and improvisation skills have been sought for dance projects (Bataille, Ani-mâles, Treize lunes, Les chemins de travers), as well as theatre (Zulù Time, La nuit des Rois, The Busker’s Opera, La cerisaie). Improvisation is now an essential element of his musical life.

Photo by Christian Landry

Photo by Christian Landry

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Pierre Tourville, viola

Pierre Tourville studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, where he obtained first prizes in viola and chamber music in the class of Robert Verebes. He also studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Pierre is very active in the musical life of Montreal as a chamber musician and orchestra player. He is assistant principal viola in the Orchestre Métropolitain and is also the choir conductor of his beloved orchestra. Pierre also regularly joins musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra for various musical projects.

Sheila Hannigan, cello

Sheila Hannigan graduated from the Université de Montréal with a Master’s in Performance under the direction of M. Yuli Turovsky. She also participated in masterclasses in Banff and Switzerland, and is heard regularly with many Montreal ensembles such as l'Orchestre Métropolitain, I Musici, and l'Opéra de Montréal. Ms Hannigan is a member of the ensemble Cordâme, prix Accès culture 2016, the Romulo Larrea Tango Ensemble, with whom she has toured Europe and the United States, and PPS Danse, touring Quebec and Canada with Corps Amour Anarchie and Danse Lhasa Danse.


Photo by Marilynn Best

Photo by Marilynn Best

Robin Best, harp

Robin Best, a native of Ottawa, is a laureate of the OSM Competition, winner of the Elora Festival Young Performers competition and recipient of the National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary. She is Principal Harpist with the Drummondville Symphony Orchestra. Robin has presented solo recitals at the National Arts Centre, the Elora Festival, and the University of Toronto and has performed at the World Harp Congress in Vancouver. She has performed at the Aldeburgh Festival in England and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. Robin holds a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma from McGill University, and a Performer Diploma from Indiana University. She enjoys an active freelance career based in Montreal.

Antoine Malette-Chénier, harp

An innovative and creative harpist, Antoine Malette-Chénier, from Canada, plays a repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary creations, on period instruments. He has won many awards, including a first prize at the 2013 Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Standard Life Competition, and the 2014 Michael Measures prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. Principal harp of the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières, in Québec, Antoine is an avid recitalist, and has performed as a soloist, orchestral, chamber, and basso continuo player in France, Hungary, the Czech Republic, the United States and Canada. Antoine holds degrees from the Yale School of Music, McGill University, the University of Montréal and the Conservatoire National supérieur de musique et de danse de Lyon.

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