The musicians

The musicians 2016-11-01T15:07:21+00:00


Marie-Josée Arpin,

solo violin

Born in Montreal, Marie-Josée Arpin began her violin studies at the age of seven at the Quebec Conservatory of Music in Hull.
By 1980, she is the student of Raymond Dessaints at the Montreal Music Conservatory where she obtained a first prize for violin in 1986 and a first prize for chamber music in 1987. She continued her studies with Roman Tottenberg at the Longy School of Music in Boston where she earned an Artist Diploma in 1989.

Solange Bouchard,

Solo assistant

Violinist active both on the Montreal scene Quebec, Solange Bouchard is a member of Appasionnata, the Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil, the McGill Chamber Orchestra, the Grands Ballets Canadiens Orchestra and Ensemble Amati.

Natalia Kononova,


Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Natalia Kononova is a remarkable violinist, who has won many competitions throughout her career. Solo Violin for the Drummondville Symphony Orchestra, member of the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières, soloist and chamber musician who performs worldwide, she plays in the Appassionata Orchestra since six years.

Valérie Belzile,


A native of Saguenay, Valérie Belzile studied violin with Andrée Azar, Jean-François Rivest and Yehonatan Berick. In 2007, she completed a doctorate in performance from the University of Montreal under the direction of Vladimir Landsman. As part of her doctoral studies, she did an Amsterdam refresher training with Alexander Kerr, then concertmaster at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Valerie was two-time recipient of a scholarship for the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado, where she studied with the renowned Paul Kantor during the summers 2001 and 2002.

Alexander Lozowski,


A native of Alberta, Alex Lozowski exercised the violin since the age of five. A passion born very early and that will not leave, pushing perform a musical studies under the tutelage Lorand Fenyves in Banff and the University of Toronto. There receives his Bachelor of Music. He works his development for Norman Nelson sides and James Keene McGill University in Montreal.

Céline Arcand,


Céline Arcand plays the violin since the age of five. She holds a Degree in Performance from McGill University, she pursued studies at the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands, where she graduated Soloist. Back home, she completed a six-month internship at the Banff Centre for the Arts, as resident artist. Céline Arcand has participated in numerous chamber music recitals, both in Europe and Canada. She now works as a freelancer in various Montreal ensembles including the Orchestre des Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Orchestre Métropolitain and the entire Quebec Contemporary Music Society, not to mention the chamber orchestra Appassionata.


Veronica Thomas,


She studied violin with Hratchia Sevadjian. Many times finalist in competitions in Quebec and in Canada, she won first place in musical expression Awards in 1984 and 1986. She was also second violin solo and then associated with the first violin in the Youth Orchestra of Quebec. She played for several years with Young Virtuosos of Montreal and the Ottawa String Quartet.

Ana Drobac,


On the Serb, Ana Drobac is an accomplished violinist and renowned professor in Montreal, where she lives since 2003. Enthusiastic globetrotter, her violin brings her annually in countless tours. Ana played in Japan, Brazil, Russia, Armenia, Lithuania with the orchestra of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival led by conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Ivan Fisher, Christopher Hogwood, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Jaap van Zweden, Eiji Oue and Yutaka Sado.

Émilie Rabaraona,


A graduate of the University of Montreal in 2002, Emilia Rabaraona plays violin in various ensembles and symphony orchestras in Quebec.

Mana Shiraishi,


Graduated from the Toho Gakuen School of Music under the tutelage of Toshiya Eto and Tsugio Tokunaga. She also worked with Jonathan Crow. Mana Shiraishi currently plays solo and in chamber music and also teaches violin. Her current projects include the promotion of works for violin and piano by the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski and a project entitled “The Three Faces of Kreisler.” This project explores the richness of the works of the violin virtuoso Fritz Kreisler.

Marie-Claude Massé,


Native de Montréal, Marie-Claude obtient son BAC en interprétation en 1997 à l’Université McGill auprès de Thomas Williams et Richard Roberts. Elle joint son goût du voyage à celui de la musique en s’alliant au quatuor Armadillo String Quartet en tant que premier violon pour plusieurs tournées européennes, nord et sud-américaines. Jusqu’en 2004, elle est membre du KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra en Afrique du Sud et dirige l’orchestre Baroque 2000 en tant que soliste et chef d’orchestre. Depuis son retour, Marie-Claude joue au sein de plusieurs ensembles symphoniques dont le Albany Symphony Orchestre de New York, récent gagnant d’un Grammy Award 2014 pour son plus récent enregistrement « Conjurer Vocalise » de John Corigliano sous étiquette Naxos.


Margaret Carey,


She began her musical studies at the age of four, with violin studies piano and voice before starting the viola. She DMA studies at the University of Montreal with Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot.

Jean René,


After very classical viola studies, but turned to contemporary music, he flew to Italy where he worked five years in various orchestras.

Elvira Misbakhova,


The musical career of Elvira Misbakhova is rich in a world of experiences. Her roots are in the Republic of Tatarstan, where she began her training at the age of seven. In 1994 she entered the State Conservatory in the capital, Kazan. She became an accomplished soloist playing for Kazan State Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra La Primavera.

Jocelyne Bastien,


Jocelyne Bastien was a member of the viola section of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra from 1987 until 2004. During these years, she got the chance to tour around the world and did over 50 recordings. Her experience with the orchestra has permitted her to play most of the great orchestral repertoire. In 2004, she decided to leave the orchestra and devote herself to teaching. Jocelyne Bastien is also a master practionner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. This field has given her tools to help students and professionals to express their goals in a more effective way, thus enhancing better motivation and successful performances. Jocelyne Bastien teaches viola, chamber music and initiation to NLP at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. She performs regularly in different chamber music groups. During summers, she also teaches at the Camp Musical des Laurentides and at l’Académie Internationale du Domaine Forget.


Pierre-Alain Bouvrette,


Award recipient with honors from the Conservatory of Montreal, Pierre-Alain pursuing a Master studies in the United States at the University of Rochester in the class of Pamela Frame, at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, where he earned an Artist Diploma.


Richard Capolla,


After playing the electric bass in ensembles exploring various musical styles, Capolla Richard began studying contrabass at 18.