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Classical Series: Stéphane Tétreault, cello Marie-Ève Scarfone, piano$22 - $25
Cellist Stéphane Tétreault first made international headlines as the recipient of Bernard Greenhouse’s cello, the 1707 “Countess of Stainlein, Ex-Paganini” Stradivarius, on generous loan by Mrs. Jacqueline Desmarais.
In addition to innumerous awards and honours, Stéphane was selected as laureate of the 2015-2016 Classe d’Excellence de violoncelle Gautier Capuçon from the Fondation Louis Vuitton, and received the 2015 Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Career Development Award. He was the very first recipient of the $50,000 Fernand-Lindsay Career Award as well as the Choquette-Symcox Award laureate in 2013. First Prize winner at the 2007 Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life-OSM Competition, he was named “Révélation” Radio-Canada 2011-2012 in classical music, was chosen as Personality of the Week in La Presse newspaper in 2012. He also received the Opus Award for New Artist of the Year in 2013. For three straight years, Stéphane was ranked amongst “CBC Radio’s 30 Hot Canadian classical musicians under 30”.
Stéphane was also invited to participate in many prestigious competitions, namely the 2008 Geneva International Cello Competition, the 2009 Rostropovich Cello Competition, and the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Competition. He has performed on two occasions with violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov as well as with pianist Alexandre Tharaud and has participated in a number of master classes — notably with cellists Gautier Capuçon, Frans Helmerson and Truls Mørk. Chosen as the first ever Soloist-in-Residence of the Orchestre Métropolitain, he performed alongside Yannick Nézet-Séguin during the 2014-2015 season. In 2016, Stéphane made his concert debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Nézet-Séguin and also performed at the prestigious Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland. In 2017, he will be part of the first ever Orchestre Métropolitain European Tour performing the Elgar Cello Concerto at the Kölner Philharmonie in Germany and the Paris Philharmonie as well as the famous Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
His debut CD, recorded with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and conductor Fabien Gabel was chosen as “Editor’s Choice” in the March 2013 issue of Gramophone Magazine. His second album with pianist Marie-Ève Scarfone featuring works from Haydn, Schubert and Brahms was given Gramophone magazine’s “Critics’ Choice 2016” as one of the best albums of the year. Both releases were nominated as the “Best Classical Album of the Year” at the 2013 and 2016 ADISQ Gala.
Stéphane has garnered great praise from the world’s leading music critics: “Tétreault’s disc charmed me from the off; this is just pure, lyrical, unadulterated playing of the highest order, with a maturity that belies his 22 years… I can’t wait to hear more from him.” (Charlotte Gardner, Gramophone) “His vibrato and tone are varied, his bowing techniques immaculate and his awareness of harmony and consequent shading omnipresent.” (Joanne Talbot, The Strad).
Currently 23 years old, Stéphane was a student of the late cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky for more than 10 years. He holds a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Montreal.
Marie-Ève Scarfone, piano
A graduate from the Manhattan School of Music and the Université de Montréal, Marie-Ève Scarfone has a distinguished career as a pianist both in Canada and abroad. She has performed across North America as well as in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. As a recitalist and chamber musician, she has been the guest of many festivals including Centro Històrico (Mexico), Printemps musical de Silly (Belgium), Flâneries musicales de Reims (France), Louvre Thursday Concerts (Paris), The Song Continues (Carnegie Hall, New York), Debut Atlantic, the Domaine Forget International Festival, the Orford Festival, the MSO’s Virée Classique, the Lanaudière International Festival and the Montreal Vocal Art Society, to name a few.
Recently appointed Head Coach at the Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier Lyrique, Marie-Ève Scarfone has a great love for vocal art. She has been musical director of various opera productions, including at the Wexford Festival Opera (Ireland) and the Opéra de Québec. Ms. Scarfone also works as a vocal coach at McGill University, as a repetiteur at the Opéra de Montréal and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra as well as an official pianist at the Montreal International Musical Competition.
Winner of the Marilyn Horne Foundation Song Competition Piano Award and the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Award, she has received several awards from the Opéra de Montréal during her training at the Atelier Lyrique. Her recordings with various artists have been acclaimed by international critics and have been selected for many awards.