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Cénacle specialises in the interpretation of chamber music from the late baroque and early classical periods, showcasing instruments in vogue in the 18th century, particularly the clarinet, basset horn, oboe and bassoon, the viola and viola d'amore, and the violone. While the historical versions of these instruments have all but disappeared today, they are the inspiration for innumerable excellent works by composers of their time.
Karim Nasr (historical flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons) holds degrees from McGill University and Het Conservatorium van Amsterdam where he studied with Bruce Haynes and Alfredo Bernardini. He is also a music publisher and instrument maker.
Jennifer Thiessen (historical viola, viola d'amore) obtained a master's degree in viola performance from the Université de Montréal, and focusses on chamber music, new music, and historical performance practice. She particularly enjoys premiering new music for viola d'amore.
Francis Palma-Pelletier (historical double bass) is one of the rare double bassists in North America to use the "Viennese" tuning of the five-string double bass. He completed his studies in performance at McGill and in Switzerland at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He is also active in the areas of chamber music, tango, and teaching.