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Magic of Chopin: Guest Artists


Two of Canada’s brightest classical music stars perform a program that celebrates the spirit of France. Mozart composed his Symphony No. 31 specifically to please and impress Parisian audiences. Chopin called “The City of Lights” home for most of his adult life, and Debussy and Ravel are two of France’s greatest composers. BBC Music Magazine commented on Louis Lortie’s gifts as an interpreter of Chopin: “Lortie is a model Chopinist: eloquent but never sentimental, elegant, harmonically luminous, structurally immaculate—and surprising.”
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Jean-Marie Zeitouni

Jean-Marie Zeitouni

Jean-Marie Zeitouni is recognized as one of the brightest young conductors of his generation for his eloquent yet fiery style, in repertoires ranging from Baroque to contemporary. He studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal, most notably under Maestro Raffi Armenian, and graduated in conducting, percussion, and composition. In addition to his duties as artistic director of the Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montreal, Zeitouni is music director of the Colorado Music Festival.

Jean-Marie Zeitouni’s resume also includes stints as music director of the Columbus Symphony, in Ohio, and the Opera as Theatre program at the Banff Centre, as assistant conductor and chorus master of the Opera de Montreal, as chorus master of the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec and Opera de Quebec and as music director of Universite Laval’s opera workshop and orchestra.

Greatly appreciated as a lyrical director, he has conducted numerous productions at the Opera de Montreal, Opera de Quebec, Glimmerglass Opera, Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse and Opera National de Lorraine, as well as productions in Banff, Calgary, Edmonton, Cincinnati, St. Louis and more recently at the Opera Orchestre National de Montpellier and Orchestre National de Lorraine a Nancy.

Among the many symphony orchestras Jean-Marie Zeitouni has conducted are those of Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Halifax, Victoria, Kitchener-Waterloo and London, not to mention the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Arion Baroque Orchestra and Club musical de Quebec.

No stranger to the international stage, Zeitouni has conducted the symphony orchestras of Houston, Oregon, Monterey, San Antonio, Omaha, Honolulu, Huntsville and Cincinnati, in addition to the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic de Marseille, Xalapa Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony of Mexico, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Arco Ensemble and Detroit Symphony.

During the 2016-17 season, Jean-Marie Zeitouni will be conducting the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time and also making his debut at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris. He will also be returning to the Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre National de Lorraine de Metz, Edmonton Symphony and Oregon Symphony.

Louis Lortie

Louis Lortie

The brilliant and highly-esteemed French Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has extended his interpretative voice across a broad range of repertoire rather than choosing to specialize in one particular style. The London Times has identified the artist’s “combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have.”

He has recently performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, OSESP/Sao Paulo, the Royal Philharmonic, and toured with the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the La Scala Orchestra and with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn. Lortie has performed with the world’s leading conductors, including Riccardo Chailly, Jaap Van Zweden, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Jarvi, Sir Andrew Davis, Emmanuel Krivine, Sir Mark Elder, Andres Orozco-Estrada and Osmo Vanska. His play/conducting engagements are with great orchestras world-wide.

He has made more than 45 recordings for the Chandos label, covering repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky, including a set of the complete Beethoven sonatas and the complete Liszt Annees de Pelerinage, which was named one of the 10 best recordings of 2012 by the New Yorker Magazine.

His recording of the Lutosławski Piano Concerto with Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony received high praise, as did a recent Chopin recording (he is recording all of Chopin’s solo piano music for Chandos), which was named one of the best recordings of the year by The New York Times.

Many recordings are planned, including the just-released Chopin Waltzes, Saint-Saens’ Africa, Wedding Cake and Carnival of the Animals with Neeme Jarvi and the Bergen Philharmonic, Rachmaninoff’s complete works for two pianos with Helene Mercier, Poulenc works for piano and orchestra with the BBC Philharmonic, Faure piano works, and Scriabin piano works. For the Onyx label, he has recorded two highly-acclaimed CDs with violinist Augustin Dumay.

Lortie studied in Montreal with Yvonne Hubert (a pupil of the legendary Alfred Cortot), in Vienna with Beethoven specialist Dieter Weber, and subsequently with Schnabel disciple Leon Fleisher. In 1984, he won First Prize in the Busoni Competition and was also prizewinner at the Leeds Competition.

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