Artists

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ALAIN TRUDEL
Conductor

Praised by La Presse for his “immense talent as conductor, musician and performer”, Canadian conductor Alain Trudel is Music Director of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval and principal youth and family Conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. He is also Principal Guest conductor of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, was Principal Guest Conductor of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and guest musical advisor for the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.  Trudel was also the CBC Radio Orchestra conductor, taking the orchestra to new heights of artistic quality, as well as public and critical acclaim.

A frequent guest of the major orchestras in Canada, Trudel also appeared at the helm of orchestras in the UK, the USA, Sweden, Italy, Russia, Japan, Hong-Kong, Kuala Lumpur and in Latin America. Highly appreciated for his collaborative spirit, he has worked with many world-famous artists including Ben Heppner, Anton Kuerti, Measha Brueggergosman, Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis, Alain Lefèvre and Pinchas Zukerman.
 

Trudel made his Opera de Montréal debut in 2009, conducting Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, as well as the 30th anniversary gala, which was released as a live CD and nominated at L’ADISQ award. In 2010 he also made his debut at l’Opéra de Quebec conducting their Gala as well as leading the 2011 production of Die Fledermaus. Since September 2012, he is music director of the Operas at the University of Western Ontario.
 

Trudel has always been highly committed to the new generation of musicians. He was for eight seasons (2004-2012) Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, and has been regularly invited to conduct the National Youth Orchestra of Canada since 2006. Their recording of Mahler’s 6th Symphony and Le sacre du printemps was nominated as “Best Orchestral Album of the Year” at the 2010 Juno Awards. He is guest professor of orchestra and opera at the university of Ottawa.

First known to the public as a trombone soloist “The Jascha Heifetz of the trombone. Le Monde de la musique”, Alain Trudel made his solo debut at the age of 18, with Charles Dutoit with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. He has been guest soloist with leading orchestras on five continents including l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, the Hong-Kong Philharmonic, The Austrian Radio Orchestra, Carnegie-Weill Recital Nall (NY), Dresdner Neueu Musik Tage (Germany),Tasmania New Music Festival (Australia), Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (France), Festival Musica Strasbourg (France), Klangbogen Festival (Vienna), Akiyoshidai and Hamamatsu festival (Japan). Alain Trudel is very happy to come back to his roots, as he will be Hannaford Street Silver Band’s principal guest conductor at the start of the 2010-2011 season.

As a composer Trudel has been commissioned by the CBC, the National Art Center, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Bellows and Brass, among others. Hi works have been performed by orchestras in Atlanta, Québec, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Kuala Lumpur, Buffalo.
 

Alain Trudel is the recipient of numerous Awards, among them the Virginia Parker, Le grand prix du disque Président de la République de l’Académie Charles Cros (France), the Heinz Unger Prize for conducting.

He has also been named an Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Center.

Alain Trudel was the first Canadian to be a Yamaha international artist.

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ERIK OCHSNER
Conductor

Erik Ochsner’s versatility as a conductor has stretched across a broad range of repertoire: from conducting as few as five performers in contemporary and modern works, to leading 300 performers in Live to Projection film concerts. As Principal Touring Conductor of La La Land Live in Concert, he has conducted 50 performances of Justin Hurwitz’s Academy Award and Grammy Award winning score. He is considered by audiences and critics alike to be one of the leading film-orchestra conductors due to his energy, attention to detail and precise synchronization.
 

In 2018, Ochsner was invited to conduct the world premiere of Mary Poppins in Concert (1964) at the Sydney Opera House; made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony conducting Love Actually, and on 40 hours’ notice, he flew to Taiwan to conduct Beauty and the Beast in Concert to fill in for an ailing colleague!
 

Ochsner has a long relationship with the Krakow Film Music Festival where he led sold-out performances of Pixar in Concert and Polish language versions of Frozen and Beauty and the Beast. He returns in 2019 to conduct a special performance of A Disney in Concert: The Magic of Music with the Krakow Film Festival Youth Orchestra.
 

Upcoming performances include Star Wars in Concert: Episode 4: A New Hope with the Montreal FILMharmonique; Star Wars in Concert: Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back in Tainan, Taiwan on May the fourth (“International Star Wars Day!”); Pixar in Concert and Walt Disney Animation Studios: A Decade in Concert in Taipei, Taiwan; Batman (1989) in Portland, Oregon, featuring the Grammy Award winning score of Danny Elfman; and Ghostbusters in Alabama!

Other films he has conducted include Back to the Future, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek (2009), and Star Trek Into Darkness.

Ochsner premiered The Music of Star Wars with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, a full-length evening production featuring the music of John Williams and video game composer Gordy Haab; was Music Director and conductor of the 2017 Opera America New Works Showcase and was a Guest Conductor at the Nanjing (China) Forest Music Festival. Ochsner is Founder and Music Director of SONOS Chamber Orchestra.

Recordings include Brian Wilbur Grundstrom: An Orchestral Journey (CD), and Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of Soul (DVD).

Ochsner attended The Pierre Monteux School, is a graduate of Dartmouth College and is a proud Finnish-American dual citizen. He lives in New York City, loves travelling, wine and collecting requiem recordings. http://www.erikochsner.com plus Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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FRANCIS CHOINIERE
Chorus Master and Conductor

Francis is a versatile musician active as a choral and orchestral conductor, concert producer, pianist, composer, and baritone. Co-founder and Artistic Director of the OPCM  (Orchestre Philharmonique et Choeur des Mélomanes), Artistic Director of L’Ensemble Vocal Trame Sonore, Conductor of the Choeur Fernand Lindsay for the Festival de Lanaudière, and chorus master for several concerts at the Bell Center (with Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman, Hans Zimmer and Ramin Djawadi), Francis is highly engaged in Montreal’s music scene.

 

Francis is the co-founder and President of GFN Productions, a production company that presents several high caliber concerts in Montreal’s finest venues such as the Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring concert presented at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, Place des Arts with more than 250 musicians and singers on stage. Francis has received many scholarships and prizes including the prestigious Hnatyshyn Foundation Conducting Fellowship. Francis has refined his conducting in masterclasses with many renowned conductors including Alexis Hauser, Francois Xavier Roth, Yoav Talmi and Colin Metters.

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Isabella D’Éloize Perron
Violinist

Isabella started playing the violin at the age of 2 and gave her first concerts at  age  5. Her guest appearances with orchestra include Orchestre Métropolitain (Montréal)  and the I Musici String Ensemble, all before the age of 10; she has also appeared as a soloist with the Peninsula Symphony (San Francisco, CA), with the National Theater Orchestra (Prague National Theater), the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, the Lethbridge Symphony and many other orchestras across Canada and the United States.

Isabella’s charisma captivates her audience. Claude Gingras of La Presse described her as “a violinist who plays with the assurance of professional musicians, with momentum and accuracy following a concert at the Pierre-Charbonneau Center, in which she played for more than a thousand people (she was only 10 years old). As a singer, he praised her quasi scandalous ‘aplomb’ in the repertoire of the great Edith Piaf, while emphasizing the impression of hearing a twenty-year-old woman’.[1]

Between 2010 and 2017, Isabella d’Éloize Perron studied at the Conservatory of Music at Mount Royal University in Alberta with violinist Bill Van der Sloot. She was awarded many prizes and distinctions: First Prize at the International Radio Competition for Young Performers Concertino Praga organized by Czech Radio under the patronage of the EBU (European Union of Radio and Television), which earned her a tour in the Czech Republic; Second Prize at the Klein International String Competition (San Francisco), First Prize at the National Music Festival (Canada), First Prize and Highest Score in all categories at the Canadian Music Competition.

Isabella was heard throughout Quebec on « La Cour des Grands » (CBC) as a violinist and singer in the fall of 2008, and in several concerts in Quebec and the United States. In 2010, she played major part in the show « MusicMan », in more than 80 shows across Quebec.

Recently, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra proclaimed her « Emerging Artist » for the 2017-2018 season.

Isabella d’Éloize Perron plays on a violin Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume of 1737 courtesy of CANIMEX Group.

[1] La Presse – Montréal – July 22, 2010