A fixture on both the Montreal and international musical scenes for twenty years, the Trio Hochelaga has earned a stellar reputation. The ensemble is known for its original programming, deft ensemble work and the poignant intensity of its performances. Its broad repertoire, which ranges from the classical period to today, shows a strong interest in bringing to light little-known and neglected musical treasures. Trio Hochelaga was founded in 2000 by violinist Anne Robert. Each of the group’s performances is an opportunity to discover music in all of its fervour, poetry and diversity.
The Trio’s extensive discography has won acclaim from the international press for its high level of musicality. Among the ensemble’s notable recordings are the Guillaume Lekeu Trio and Quartet, a three-CD set of Théodore Dubois’s complete chamber music for piano and strings, Ernest Alder’s opera piano trio transcriptions and the Gabriel Pierné and Gabriel Fauré trios, which earned the Trio Hochelaga a “Choc” prize – the highest accolade from the French magazine Le Monde de la Musique.
The Trio Hochelaga presents an annual series of concerts at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, where it is in residence. The ensemble gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
Named after an early Iroquois settlement on the Island of Montreal, the trio has toured extensively throughout Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy, the United States, Bermuda, Japan, China and Taiwan. Highpoints among their many concerts include their performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Tokyo New City Orchestra at Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo, their appearance at Wigmore Hall in London and their debut in Venice at the Palazetto Bru Zane, a venue that promotes French Romantic music.
ANNE ROBERT | violin
Violinist Anne Robert is renowned for her “sensibility, warm sound, dexterity and elegant phrasing” (The Strad Magazine, London). She enjoys an active career as a chamber musician and regularly plays in Canada, Europe and Asia. First violin for the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal for twelve years, she is a member of the Trio Hochelaga, which she founded in 2000, with whom she gave world wide over 500 concerts, including the Premiere in 2003 of the Triple Concerto by Canadian composer Jacques Hétu, accompanied by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
Anne Robert also gives many recitals with organist Jacques Boucher. For 2 seasons each, she was Concertmaster of the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières, the Orchestre Symphonique de Laval and Assistant Concertmaster oftheBergen Philharmonic Orchestra inNorway. Anne Robert wasArtistic director to the Music Summer Festival at the historic Maison Trestler for 7 years. She co-founded MAESTRIA, an artistic and charitable project that supports the Funds for the prevention and treatment of hereditary linked cancers from the CHUM Foundation. In 2018 she was awarded the price for Exceptional engagement from the Quebec breast cancer Foundation, given by the National Bank of Canada.
Anne Robert’s discography contains more than forty titles which reveal her vast and varied repertoire and her particular affinity with French post-romantic music. Among those recordings are some first editions of works by composers such as Dubois, Tournemire, Huré, Lazzari, Vierne and Migot. She regularly gives masterclasses and serves on juries, notably for the Montreal International Music Competition and the Tibor Varga Competition (Switzerland). She was awarded many grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and has the ongoing support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and of the Conseil des arts de Montréal for her different artistic projects.
She received the highest diplomas in interpretation from Indiana University, the Royal Academy of Music of London and the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Her teachers were Josef Gingold , Manoug Parikian and Taras Gabora for the violin and Menahem Pressler, Janos Starker, Gyorgy Sebok and Otto Joachim for chamber music.
Renowned pedagogue, she teaches at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and at the International Summer Academy Orford Music. She plays on a 1738 Carlo Antonio Testore violin.
DOMINIQUE BEAUSÉJOUR-OSTIGUY | cello
Recipient of the 2018 Prix d’Europe, cellist Dominique Beauséjour-Ostiguy is ranked among the “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30” 2018 edition of CBC Music. He completed his master’s degree in interpretation at the Faculty of Music of the University of Montreal under the supervision of Yegor Dyachkov in 2018. Dominique previously completed his bachelor’s degree in performance at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal in 2015 with Carole Sirois and his chamber music « concours », which he received with distinction in the same institution under the supervision of Denis Brott in 2016.
He has also completed several internships and master classes, especially with Alisa Weilerstein, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Hans Jorgen Jensen, Raphael Wallfisch, Philippe Muller and Richard Aaron. He received the Peter Mendell Award in 2017 and twice the 1st prize in strings at the Canadian Music Competition.
Dominique was heard as a soloist in the Miaskovsky concerto with the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal Orchestra, in the Dvorák concerto with the Faculté de l’Université de Montréal Orchestra and with the Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Montréal and also in the Shostakovitch concerto with Ensemble Volte. A sought-after and invested chamber musician, Dominique is a founding member of the Andara String Quartet, the Trio de l’Île and has recently joined the renowned Trio Hochelaga.
Dominique is also a composer and arranger. In 2017, he founded BOA, a project of progressive instrumental music consisting only of original compositions. In 2014, the Laval Symphony Orchestra commissioned a work entitled “La Chasse Galerie” for orchestra and choir that was performed under the direction of Alain Trudel. One of his arrangements for string orchestra of the “One” piece of the group Metallica was also played in 2012 by this same orchestra.
Dominique plays a David Tecchler cello (1704) and a Pierre Simon bow (v. 1855), all graciously made available by the company Canimex Inc. of Drummondville (QC), Canada.
DANTONIO PISANO | piano
“Dantonio is simply possessed by music itself!” is the description of this artist by Parisian pedagogue Monique Deschaussées. Dantonio is a highly sought-after concert pianist, chamber musician and teacher. He is a Professor Collaborative Pianist at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, a supernumerary member of the Orchestre Métropolitain, and a classical piano teacher at the CEGEP Marie-Victorin. He is also a member of the Trio Hochelaga with violinist Anne Robert and cellist Dominique Beauséjour-Ostiguy. In addition, Dantonio has taken on the role
of Academic Coordinator at the Domaine Forget de Charlevoix for the 2021-2022 season.
At a young age, he accumulated honors in various competitions such as the Canadian Music Competition, where he won first prize at 13 years old, receiving the highest average mark of pianists of all ages throughout the entire event for his interpretation of Ravel’s Concerto in G. He was awarded a bursary from YAMAHA and chosen by the Canadian Consulate of Mexico for a series of concerts with orchestra in Mexico City. Dantonio also had the opportunity to interpret Mozart on several occasions at the Place des Arts with the McGill Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Grieg concerto with the Longueuil Symphonic Orchestra.
Dantonio studied at McGill University with pianist Richard Raymond, obtaining his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Performance with “Outstanding Achievement in Piano”. Over the years, he’s had the incredible opportunity to work with several world-renowned masters such as Monique Deschaussées, Jean- Michel Damase, Marc Durand, Jean-Paul Sévilla, and Clermont Pépin.
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