A mentoring pilot project for classical musicians at the Festival de Lanaudière!

An initiative financed by the Fondation Père-Lindsay and Fonds Jacques-Martin


Joliette, July 20, 2022 - Reinforcing its status as an international hub for classical music in Canada, the Festival de Lanaudière is pleased to announce the launch of a pilot project in support of the international careers of Canada’s most promising classical musicians. Made possible by the generosity of the Fondation Père-Lindsay and the Fonds Jacques-Martin, this initiative will enable six of the country’s most prominent young classical musicians to create special professional ties with international musicians visiting the Festival this summer.

This year, the six musicians chosen are: Marie Bégin (violin), Samuel Blanchette-Gagnon (piano), Ariane Brisson (flute), Hugo Laporte (voice), Antoine Malette-Chénier (harp), and Rose Naggar-Tremblay (voice). Between them, these six musicians have won virtually every classical music award in Quebec in recent years, from the Prix d’Europe to the OSM Competition, and the Révélations classiques Radio-Canada.

An international address book

According to many artists now established on the international scene, the best way to expand one’s performing career abroad is to develop a strong network with musicians and institutions. The pilot project was conceived and implemented with this in mind. Therefore, rather than offer musical training, the focus is on creating the conditions whereby successful candidates can discuss various aspects of their musical careers with leading international musicians.

Participants will spend a week in Joliette interacting with conductors William Christie, Rafael Payare, and Ariane Matiakh, violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte, singers Michael Spyres and Lawrence Brownlee, and taking part in other impromptu meetings during the Festival. These meetings will be complemented by discussions with other established cultural stakeholders, including Elizabeth Sobol (CEO, Saratoga Performing Arts Center), and Janice Price (CEO, Banff Centre). Participants will also benefit from privileged access to Festival rehearsals and concerts.

« En plus d’un talent exceptionnel et d’un travail acharné, il est essentiel pour les jeunes artistes qui souhaitent faire carrière à l’international d’établir bon nombre de relations dans l’industrie de la musique à travers le
monde », explique Renaud Loranger, directeur artistique du Festival. « Depuis sa fondation, le Festival de Lanaudière est un carrefour où se rencontrent des artistes de tous horizons et de toutes provenances; nous souhaitions profiter du retour des grands artistes internationaux au Festival cette année pour permettre à six jeunes artistes québécois triés sur le volet de tisser des liens avec eux. »

“We are delighted with this pilot project, which is perfectly in line with our mission to support the next generation of musicians and stimulate excellence. We are convinced that the highly talented musicians who will experience this exceptional week will benefit from these privileged encounters with internationally renowned artists presented by the Festival, and that this will contribute to the development of their careers,” explains Line Bellehumeur, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fondation Père-Lindsay.

About the Festival de Lanaudière

The Festival de Lanaudière is the largest classical music festival in Canada and was founded in 1978. Year after year, the festival welcomes tens of thousands of spectators for concerts featuring some of the greatest artists on the national and international scenes. The event takes place primarily at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay in Joliette, as well as in some of the region’s most beautiful churches. The Festival de Lanaudière is a member of the Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux (REMI).

À propos de la Fondation Père-Lindsay

Established in 1996, the Fondation Père-Lindsay’s mission is to support young musicians in their professional development, offer scholarships to stimulate excellence and contribute to the cultural growth of our society. In keeping with its objectives, the Foundation created the Fernand Lindsay Career Grant (2013), set up a career management training program (2014), and established a Development Fund (2017) to support the implementation of an artistic project.

À propos du Fonds Jacques-Martin

The Fondation du Festival de Lanaudière created the Fonds Jacques-Martin in 2021 to honour the exceptional contribution of Mr. Jacques Martin to the development of the Festival de Lanaudière and to its Foundation. This fund was initiated with a capital amount of $100,000 from the Fondation, and will finance Festival initiatives that encourage talented emerging classical musicians to pursue their promising professional careers.


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