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Révélation Radio-Canada 2013-2014 and Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2012 Opus Awards, recorder player Vincent Lauzer is the artistic director of the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival in New-Brunswick. Winner of several prizes in national and international competitions, he has recently been awarded the Fernand Lindsay Career Award, a scholarship given to a young promising Canadian musician for the development of an international career. A versatile performer, he plays with Flûte Alors!, Les Songes, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, La Bande Montréal Baroque Les Idées Heureuses, Arion Baroque Orchestra and La Cigale. He played for various series and festivals in Canada and in the United States as well as in Mexico, France, Germany, Spain and Belgium.
Lutenist and theorbist Madeleine Owen is artistic director of the Montréal early music group La Cigale, and performs regularly as a soloist, chamber musician and continuo player. She can be heard in on the Orgue et couleurs series, at the Lamèque, Montréal and Boston early music festivals, and the OSM’s Virée Classique. Madeleine Owen performs regularly with groups such as La Nef, Les idées heureuses, Ensemble Appassionata, Helios Early Opera (Boston), ¡Saccabuche! (Sackville), Scaramella (Toronto), Per Sonatori (Regina), the Toronto Masques Theatre, and the Central City Opera (Colorado). In 2014, she worked as assistant music director to Timothy Nelson in the COSI production of Monteverdi’s Poppea in Sulmona Italy. Her 2013 CD with La Cigale, Tiorba Obbligata, was nominated for CD of the year in Québec’s Prix Opus 2012–13. Her solo show for young audiences, Lute, Friend to Kings, will be presented by Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada starting in the fall of 2015. Madeleine is professor of lute at the Cégep Marie-Victorin.
Recipient of this year’s Toronto Music Garden commission, composer Maxime McKinley was born in Quebec’s Eastern Townships in 1979, and lives in Montreal. He studied composition with Michel Gonneville at the Conservatoire de Montréal, and with Isabelle Panneton at the Université de Montréal, where he received a Doctorate in 2009. He has studied in Paris with Martin Matalon, and has had masterclasses or private lessons with composers Hugues Dufourt, Peter Eötvös, Kenneth Hesketh, Philippe Leroux, Armando Luna, Bruno Mantovani and Gérard Pesson.
Maxime McKinley’s works have been performed by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Kent Nagano), the Toronto Esprit Orchestra (Alex Pauk), Toronto New Music Concerts (Robert Aitken), the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (Alain Trudel), the Camerata de las Américas (Jose Luis Castillo), Clavecin en concert (Luc Beauséjour), the Orchestre de la francophonie (Jean-Philippe Tremblay), the Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Montréal (Louis Lavigueur), the Orchestre de l'Université de Montréal (Jean-François Rivest), the Ensemble Caprice (Matthias Maute), the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (Véronique Lacroix), the Ensemble Allogène, the Meitar Ensemble, the New Orford String Quartet, the Trio Fibonacci, the Trio Hochelaga, and such soloists as Louise Bessette, Julie-Anne Derome, Jérôme Ducharme, Pablo Gómez, Matthias Maute, Matan Porat and Andrea Tyniec, as well as singers such as Marie-Annick Béliveau, Émilie Laforest and Vincent Ranallo. His music is regularly performed across Canada, as well as in the United States, Mexico, Columbia, and Europe, and has been broadcasted on CBC Radio Two and Espace Musique de Radio-Canada.
Maxime McKinley’s many prizes and awards include the 2012-2013 Opus Prize "Composer of the year", the Prix d'Europe de composition 2009 (Père-Fernand-Lindsay Prize), and the John-Weinzweig Grand Prize ex-aequo in 2011.