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Xavier Brossard-Ménard - Artistic director

xavierWell-known for his innovative approach to classical and contemporary music, Xavier Brossard-Ménard is both a clarinetist and a choir conductor.

Over the ten last years, he has worked with a wide variety of ensembles such as the Toronto Children's Chorus, the McGill Conservatory Singers, the Drummondville Symphony Orchestra Choir, F.A.C.E School Choirs, École de musique Vincent d'Indy choirs and University of Montreal Children's Chorus. His strong pedagogical sense, his care for a sane vocal technique, his charismatic approach, his eclectic tastes and his humour make him an appreciated conductor by choristers and audience alike.

He is the founding member, clarinetist and artistic director of Ensemble QAT, a new music ensemble devoted to the renewal of the concert experience in contemporary and XXth Century music. Ensemble QAT has won the LOJIQ-RIDEAU prize to broadcast its work in Europe and the touring prize of the Montreal Arts Council.

He is also the Artistic Director of Les Muses Chorale - the Women's choir at McGill University.

David Christiani - Conductor Emeritor

davidDavid Christiani is a recipient of the Lambertois award given to citizens for outstanding service to the City of Saint-Lambert. David received it in 2000 in recognition of his fine work as director of the choir since 1978. His enthusiasm, dedication and high musical standards have been key to the choir’s success over this time.

David has studied with Helmut Rilling and David Willcocks, two of the world’s greatest choral conductors, and is known for his ability to direct mass choral works. Among his other successes, he led the choir to its 75th Anniversary Concert in Montréal’s Notre Dame Basilica. He has shared the podium with Canada’s principal choral conductors, including Elmer Iseler, Bramwell Tovey and Wayne Riddell.

A Master of Music in Choral Conducting (summa cum laude) and winner of the Leslie Bell Prize for Conducting, David sang professionally with the Tudor Singers of Montreal, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Festival Singers of Canada. He was longtime music specialist at The Study School in Westmount and was also, for eight years, Director of the Canadian Centennial Choir in Ottawa.

Today, via David Christiani, Producteur, he also produces large-scale choral concerts.

Benjamin Kwong - Accompanist

benBenjamin Kwong is a Montréal-based pianist, coach, and music director. Recent engagements as music director include Opera da Camera (Le nozze di Figaro, 2013, Cendrillon, 2014), CETM (Daisy, 2011), and Coracole Productions (Le pays du sourire, 2010; Slipper and the Rose, 2011). Having completed his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at McGill University in piano performance, he now works as a vocal and choral pianist, and chamber musician.

 

 

 

 

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