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Baroque Splendors

Saturday September 19   |   8 pm
Cathédrale de Joliette | Violons du Roy and Mathieu Lussier

Reconnecting with Les Violons du Roy means reliving some of the Festival’s finest moments. With Mathieu Lussier at the helm, the ensemble explores some of the most beautiful works of Baroque music, from Handel’s iconic Water Music to Vivaldi and Telemann’s concertos for wind instruments.

Consult the program notes of the concert

Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto for Recorder and Bassoon in F major, TWV 52:F1

Antonio Vivaldi
Flute Concerto in D major, RV 428, “Il gardellino” (The Goldfinch)
Bassoon Concerto in A minor, RV 497

Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto for Recorder and Flute in E minor, TWV 52:e1

George Frideric Handel
Water Music, Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350

Vincent Lauzer, recorder
Ariane Brisson, flute

Les Violons du Roy
Mathieu Lussier, bassoon and conductor


Ariane Brisson

The fluidity and sensitivity of her playing and the richness of her sound incited the musicians of Pentaèdre to invite Ariane Brisson to join the ensemble in 2016. Since 2019, she has also served as Pentaèdre’s Artistic Director.

For close to twenty years, Ariane Brisson’s curiosity and creativity have been at the heart of her numerous artistic achievements. Selected in 2019 as one of the CBC’s “30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30,” this young flutist stands out for the refinement of her interpretations. As Principal Flute with the Grands Ballets Canadiens Orchestra and the Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville, and as a regular collaborator with Les Violons du Roy chamber orchestra, she has performed throughout North America as well as in Europe and Asia. In recent seasons, Ariane Brisson has been invited to perform as a soloist with the Trois-Rivières and Drummondville symphony orchestras and with the Neues Zürcher Orchester. A passionate chamber musician, since 2015 she has enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with pianist Olivier Hébert-Bouchard. Together, the two artists have toured Canada (Jeunesses Musicales Canada, 2017–2018) and produced an album (Burlesques) in addition to being selected as finalists for the Opus Prize in the category “Concert of the Year: Modern and Contemporary Music” (2016–2017).

After completing her studies at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal under Marie-Andrée Benny, Ariane went on to refine her craft with flutist Mathieu Dufour in Chicago with the generous support of the Prix d’Europe, which she won in 2013. Her personal reflections on transverse flute performance and pedagogy led to doctoral studies in the Faculty of Music at the Université de Montréal under the tutelage of Jean-François Rivest and Michel Duchesneau. Since 2019, she teaches flute and gives lectures at that same institution.

Ariane Brisson wishes to extend special thanks to the Prix d’Europe Foundation (2013), the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (CALQ), the Sylva-Gelber Foundation, the Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM), and to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) — all of which have proven essential to her ambitions and various artistic projects. Ariane plays both on a Yamaha transverse flute made of grenadilla wood, as well as on a Powell 10K flute graciously loaned by Canimex Inc. (Drummondville, Canada), property of the patron Roger Dubois.

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Ariane Brisson
Vincent Lauzer


Vincent Lauzer

Révélation Radio-Canada 2013-2014 and Breakthrough Artist of the Year (2012 Opus Awards), Vincent Lauzer graduated from McGill University, where he studied with Matthias Maute. His first solo CD, “Passaggi” got released in September 2014 and was nominated for an ADISQ award in 2014. He is the artistic director of the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival.

Winner of several prizes in national and international competitions, he has recently been awarded the Fernand Lindsay Career Award, a 50 000$ scholarship given to a young promising Canadian musician for the development of an international career. Vincent received the Béatrice-Kennedy-Bourbeau Award at the Prix d’Europe 2015. In 2012, he won the First Prize during the Stepping Stone of the Canadian Music Competition and the Career Development Award from the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto. In 2009, he was awarded the First Prize and the Audience Appreciation Prize in the Montreal International Recorder Competition. Vincent also received the Montreal Baroque Prize for Audaciousness and Musicality in the Galaxie-CBC Rising Stars Competition during the Montreal Baroque Festival in 2007.

Vincent is a member of Flûte Alors , the only Canadian recorder quartet, with whom he toured Eastern Canada as part of Jeunesses Musicales du Canada’s 2012-2013 season. Vincent is also a founding member of Les Songes and of the ensemble Recordare, which was one of the five finalists in the Early Music America/Naxos Recording Competition.

A versatile performer, he also plays with Les Violons du Roy, La Bande Montréal Baroque, Les Idées Heureuses, Arion, La Follia Austin Baroque, and La Cigale. He played for various series and festivals in Canada and in the United States (Austin, Boston, New Haven, New York, Philadelphia) as well as in Mexico, France, Germany, Spain and Belgium. He can be heard on CBC Radio 2 and Radio-Canada’s ICI Musique.

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Mathieu Lussier

Appointed Artistic Director of Arion Baroque Orchestra in 2019, Mathieu Lussier previously served as Associate Conductor of the chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy from 2012 to 2018, directing the ensemble’s performances throughout Canada and in Mexico, Brazil and the US, and collaborating with artists including Marc-André Hamelin, Alexandre Tharaud, Jeremy Denk, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Philippe Jarrousky, Julia Lezhevna, Anthony Marwood and Karina Gauvin. In 2014, he received the Canada Council for the Arts’ Jean-Marie Beaudet Award for orchestral conducting. As Artistic Director of the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival from 2008 to 2014, Mathieu Lussier also led various Canadian ensembles including Arion Baroque Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, I Musici de Montréal, Symphony Nova Scotia (Halifax), Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Drummondville and Sherbrooke symphony orchestras.

For the past 20 years, Mathieu has tirelessly and passionately introduced audiences throughout North America, South America and Europe to the modern and Baroque bassoons as both solo and orchestral instruments. He continues to pursue a career in chamber music with Pentaèdre in Montreal, and was appointed Professor at the Faculty of Music of Université de Montréal in the summer of 2014. A talented communicator known for his humour and eloquence, Mathieu Lussier also served as President of the Conseil québécois de la musique from 2012 to 2015 and as President of CAMMAC from 2015 to 2017. In August 2019, he was named Vice-Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Professorial Affairs and Faculty Life at the Faculty of Music of Université de Montréal.

Mathieu Lussier is also a composer whose catalogue comprises more than 50 works performed regularly in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. In 2018, he composed part of the music for the film La chute de l’empire américain by Oscar-winning director Denys Arcand. His works are published by Trevcomusic (US), Accolade (Germany), June Emerson (UK) and Gérard Billaudot (France).

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Mathieu Lussier