L'ENSEMBLE DU CARRÉ ST-LOUIS


robert o'callaghan


alex bellegarde


robert burman


diane caplette

alexandre castonguay 

iona corber

guy richer

veronika ronkos

Luke Fowlie


SHEN QI

felix stussi


sydney vrana

MUSICIANS

Robert O'Callaghan......................flute
classical, mixed, jazz            saxophone

Sydney Vrana .............classical guitar  classical, mixed

Iona Corber ...............................cello classical, mixted

Diane Caplette ...........................flute classical, mixed

Luke Fowlie............classical guitar
classical, mixed

Veronika Rönkös.........................cello
classical, mixed, jazz

Alexandre Castonguay................cello
classical, mixed

Guy Richer..................................bass classical, mixed, jazz

Alex Bellegarde ..........................bass jazz

Robert Burman ..................jazz guitar jazz

Shen Qi ..................erhu
classical, jazz, traditional, chinese

Félix Stüssi ...............................piano
jazz


:: ROBERT O'CALLAGHAN

flute / saxophone
(classical / mixed / jazz)

Born in Massachusetts, Robert O’Callaghan studied music at George Washington University (Washington D.C.) and McGill University in Montreal. He founded L’Ensemble du Carré St-Louis in 1982 and is its director and musical arranger as well as principal flutist and saxophonist. He has performed on radio, television and has recorded music for the cinema. He has also produced and recorded a number of cassettes and CDs. Robert has toured extensively in North America, South America and ten European countries in a multitude of concerts, festivals and other prestigious events.

:: ALEX BELLEGARDE

bass
(jazz)

Composer, improviser and frequent award winner, Alex Bellegarde leads his quartet and big band Ensemble Jazz Urbain de Montréal and he is a member of Ohmz and the Vic Vogel Octet. He also plays with many Montreal-based Cuban artists. A multidisciplinary player with a broad imagination, his projects also include a variety of collaborations in theatre and the arts: Cornemuse-Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, Hamlet Machine-Place des Arts, MRJ Émergence Énergie, Jazz & Poetry, Live Painting & Music.

Inspired and encouraged by veteran bassist Skip Bey, he has gone on to head-up jam sessions, perform at festivals and clubs as well as playing with many excellent musicians from the Montreal jazz scene. Alex Bellegarde with his quartet, is laureate of the 2005 General Motors Grand Jazz Award - Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, 26th edition. We invite you to visit Alex's website at www.alexbellegarde.com

:: ROBERT BURMAN

guitar
(jazz)

Robert Burman has been on the Montreal jazz scene since 1985. He has performed in concert halls, clubs and restaurants with some of the cities most well known musicians such as: Fredrick Alarie, Skip Bey, Remi Bolduc, Greg Clayton, Kevin Dean, Normand Guillbeault, Kelly Jefferson, Paul Leger, Richard Paris, Yannick Rieu and Alec Walkington. He graduated with distinction from Concordia University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Specialization in Jazz Studies program in 1985. He has also studied privately with Greg Clayton and Art Roberts.

:: DIANE CAPLETTE

flute
(classical / mixed)

Diane Caplette was recipient of a Premier Prix in flute performance from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in 1986 and has pursued a career as flutist, chamber musician and teacher. She is a member of L’Ensemble Alizé, of Quatuor Syrinx and L’Ensemble du Carré St-Louis. As well, she is Principal Flute in the Montreal Chamber Orchestra. She has been prize winner on several occasions in the “Concours des Harmonies du Québec” and has participated in numerous master classes with internationally renowned flutists. Since 1991 she has been a flute professor at Cégep Saint-Laurent (Montreal).

:: ALEXANDRE CASTONGUAY 

cello
(classical / mixed)

Educated at le Collège de Sherbrooke, l’Université de Montréal and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, cellist Alexandre Castonguay has studied cello with Carole Sirois-Bogenez, Thérèse Motard, Yuli Turovsky and Emma Ferrand. Alexandre was associate principal cellist with l’Orchestre Mondial des Jeunesses and has played with such renowned orchestras as the Hallé Orchestra of Manchester (UK) and the National Arts Center Orchestra of Ottawa. He has been invited to perform as cello soloist with the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra and L’Ensemble Instrumental Appassionata. His on-stage participation in the La La La Human Steps Dance Company’s production “Amelia” took him on tour across north America, Europe and to Asia for more than a hundred shows.

:: IONA CORBER

cello
(classical / mixed)

Iona Corber graduated from McGill University in 1977 with a Licentiate in cello performance. Continuing her studies at Boston University, she received her Master of Music degree in 1981. She performed as principal cellist of l’Orquesta Mexicana de la Juventud in Mexico City, l’Orchestre des Jeunes du Québec, and as section cellist for Les Jeunes Virtuoses. She presently performs with l’Orchestre Symphonique de la Montérégie. In addition to managing and performing with Trio Ambiance, which she founded in 1986, she performs with La Cambiata and l’Ensemble du Carré St-Louis. She teaches the cello using the Suzuki Approach, and piano with Music for Young Children.

:: GUY RICHER

bass
(classical / mixed / jazz)

Guy Richer studied bass and trombone at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Beginning in the 1960’s Guy spent 15 years accompanying such Quebec artists as Renée Claude, Claude Gauthier, Louise Forestier, Yvon Deschamps, Raoul Duguay, les Séguin, and the group l’Infonie, both in Québec and on tour in Europe and the Soviet Union. In the following years, as a full-time organic farmer and part-time musician, he devoted his musical energies to composition and arranging, principally for vocal ensembles. In 1996 he returned full-time to music and completed his baccalaureate degree in Jazz Interpretation at the University of Sherbrooke (Quebec). Since then, as bassist, pianist, accompanist, arranger and composer he has had the opportunity to explore a wide range of musical styles and possibilities with: the folk ensemble La Veillée est jeune, l’Ensemble Millenia (a chamber orchestra of Sherbrooke), the celtic music quartet Le Chêne Vert, the jazz quartet Rose-Aimée et ses prétendants, and The Blues Delight quintet. He joined l’Ensemble du Carré St-Louis in 2004.

:: VERONIKA RÖNKÖS

cello
(classical / mixed / jazz)

Veronika Rönkös was born in Budapest, Hungary. She began playing the cello at age seven and went on to study at the Bartok Conservatory. In 1994 she earned her M.A. at the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy. She has performed contemporary music as a soloist in Europe and North America. While living in Saskatchewan, she played in the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and taught at the University of Saskatchewan. In Montreal, as well as performing regularly with L’Ensemble du Carré St-Louis, she does a wide variety of freelance cello work.

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LUKE FOWLIE

guitar
(classical / mixed)

Originally from British Columbia,
Luke Fowlie is a Montreal based guitarist, composer and teacher.  He studied classical guitar at the Geneva Conservatory of Music and
McGill University and has performed in master classes with Manual Barrueco, Scott Tennant and Fabio Zanon. Since graduating from McGill in 2007 he has been involved with a number of projects in classical, popular and
improvised music. He became a member of the Ensemble du Carré St.Louis in February of 2008.

:: SHEN QI

erhu

Born in Nanjing, China, Shen Qi began to play Erhu at six years old. By the age of eight, she was a soloist in the famous Nanjing Xiao Hong Hua Art Group, performing Erhu in several different countries, including Japan and Singapore. At the age of 17, she began her studies in Erhu performance at the Nanjing Normal University, receiving her bachelor’s degree of arts at the age of 21. Since graduating, Shen Qi has been actively performing and teaching, both in China and abroad. Shen Qi immigrated to Montreal in 1994 where she has recorded for both T.V. and films, has been invited as Erhu soloist in numerous concerts and other local, national and international events including the " Montreal International Jazz Festival" (2004), the “Festival des Musiques et du Monde" (2005, 2006) among many others. She also plays daily, from May to November, in the Chinese Garden of the Montreal Botanical Garden. Shen Qi joined L'Ensemble du Carré St-Louis in 2007. We invite you to visit her website at www.shenqierhu.com

:: FÉLIX STÜSSI

piano
(jazz)

Félix Stüssi was born in the Glarus Valley, Switzerland, in 1965. Originally self-taught on the piano, he soon became a successful performer and sideman. He also taught piano and improvisation at the local music school for over ten years. He has attended masterclasses with Irene Schweizer, Markus Bischof, Art Lande and Vince Benedetti . In 1996 he won the first prizes (best soloist; best band) at the Zollikon Jazz Festival. In 1997 he graduated from the University of Zurich with a master's degree in ethnomusicology. Félix Stüssi moved to Montréal in 1998 where he lives today and pursues a career as a pianist/accompanist/arranger/band leader/teacher. His performances are noted for their contagious enthusiasm and soul, whether he is playing solo, in small ensembles, with his quintet «JazzBuzz» or his octet «Swing Our Souls». We invite you to visit Felix's website at www.felixstussi.com

:: SYDNEY VRANA

guitar
(classical / mixed)

Sydney Vrana was born and educated in Montreal and has been member and principle guitarist of L’Ensemble du Carré St-Louis since 1987. He has substantially contributed to the repertoire of L’Ensemble du Carré St-Louis as arranger and editor. He was a first prize winner in the Canadian Music Competitions and was a finalist in Radio-Canada’s Jeunes Virtuoses. Critics have described his guitar playing as “high artistry, virtuosic, very musical”, having an “incredible guitar tone and sense of style variety and emotion”. Mr.Vrana has performed concerts across North America and has appeared on television and radio as soloist and ensemble musician with many different instrumentalists and vocalists. Sydney has also traveled and performed extensively in Europe and in South America with L’Ensemble du Carré St-Louis. He received his Licentiate in Performance and School Music degrees from McGill and his teaching certificate from U.Q.A.M. Sydney is the father of two boys and has worked as a music teacher for the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board since 2002. We welcome you to visit Sydney on MySpace at www.myspace.com/sydneyvrana as well as on You Tube

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:: ROBERT O'CALLAGHAN
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