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2014 HONORARY CO-PRESIDENTS

Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell, violin. Frederic Chiu, piano.
February 25, 8 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal.

Joshua Bell was born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1967. He was handed his first violin at the age of four and would commence university studies eight years later, under the tutelage of Russian grandmaster Josef Gingold. At 17, he made his debut in legendary New York concert venue Carnegie Hall. Since then, this “poet of the violin” has performed in the most celebrated venues on the classical scene, as well as interpreting the works of music’s greatest composers on some forty releases, winning the Mercury Prize, a Grammy, a Gramophone Award and the Echo Klassik Award.

He has worked with an array of elite artists including Renée Fleming, Placido Domingo, Chris Botti, and Chick Corea. Recently named musical director of The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the famed English chamber orchestra, he honours us this year by accepting the honorary co-presidency of the festival. For our 15th anniversary, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE heralds the return of this virtuoso, who soared in the closing concert of our very first edition with his rendering of the soundtrack to The Red Violin.

The artist has prepared a stunning concert devoted to the music of Tartini, Beethoven and Stravinsky, accompanied by renowned pianist Frederic Chiu.

Régine Chassagne

Régine Chassagne

KANAVAL KANPE 2014.
February 22, 7 p.m., Société des arts technologiques [SAT].

Régine Chassagne was born in Québec in 1976 to a family of Haitian descent who had left their native country to escape the regime of dictator François Duvalier. After receiving her B.A. in Communications from Concordia University, she attended McGill University, where she studied jazz vocal.

In 2001, she met musician Win Butler, who had come to Montreal to study. The two artists would marry three years later, in the meantime founding rock group Arcade Fire, which quickly soared to success on the local scene before rocketing to global fame – in 2010, they won the Grammy for Album of the Year with the excellent release The Suburbs and, three years later, launched Reflektor, which flew to #1 on the Billboard chart upon its release.

In 2010, Régine Chassagne joined Dominique Anglade in creating the KANPE foundation, with a mission to assist Haitian families mired in poverty. As part of Coup de chapeau à Haïti (Hats Off to Haiti), she’ll offer her support to Kanaval, a festive multidisciplinary event inspired by the Haitian carnival, with all profits going to the KANPE foundation.

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