Trio Hochelaga - Biography

A fixture on both the Montreal and international musical scenes for fifteen 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. Founded in 2000, the Trio Hochelaga is composed of violinist Anne Robert, cellist Chloé Dominguez and  pianist Jimmy Brière.  Each of the group’s performances is an opportunity to discover music in all of its fervour, poetry and diversity.

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.

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.


The musicians of Trio Hochelaga

Individual Biographies

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, Asia and the United States. First violin of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal for twelve years, she is a member of the Trio Hochelaga, which she founded in 2000.

Anne Robert gives also recitals with organist Jacques Boucher and was artistic director of the Maison Trestler Summer Festival for seven years. She also created “Continuum”, an artistic and medical project which supports people with genetic susceptibility that can lead to cancer. She received the highest diplomas in interpretation from Indiana University, the Royal Academy of Music of London and the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Anne Robert’s discography contains more than thirty titles which reveal her vast and varied repertoire and her particular affinity with French music. Renowned pedagogue, she teaches at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and at the International Summer Academy of the Orford Arts Center. She plays on a 1738 Carlo Antonio Testore violin.

Chloé Dominguez, violoncelle

Chloé Dominguez is one the most accomplished and versatile cellist of her generation. She is equally at ease playing early music on period instruments and working with today’s best composers. She holds the solo cello position at the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal. Her reputation as an avid chamber musician and as a member of the Trio Hochelaga has led her to perform in Canada and the United States, at many international festivals such as the Lanaudière Festival, Festival of the Sound and the Ottawa Chamberfest.

Chloé Dominguez has received numerous prizes and awards. In 2009, she was a winner of the Canada Council’s Musical Instrument Bank Competition. Recipient of the Prix Radio-Canada Jeunes Artistes, she was also awarded McGill’s Schulich School of Music’s Golden Violin award which is the most important private scholarship in music education in Canada.

She studied with Matt Haimovitz, Antonio Lysy, Denis Brott and Carole Sirois. She obtained a Diplôme d’études supérieures from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and completed her doctorate degree in performance at McGill University. Chloé Dominguez teaches at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and the Domaine Forget’s music academy. She plays on a 1745 Lorenzo Carcassi cello.

Jimmy Brière, piano

First Prize Winner of the Hong Kong International Piano Competition in 1997, prize winner of the Porto International Competition in 1996 and the CBC Radio National Radio Competition for Young Performers in 2001, Jimmy Brière has appeared in many cities in the USA, in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria and Israel. In Canada, he has been heard in many of the most important halls and festivals, like the Lanaudière Festival, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Festival of the Sound and the Domaine Forget International Festival, among others.

Jimmy Brière has been invited as soloist by many ensembles such as the Orchestra Classica of Porto, the Pleven Philharmonic and the Ruse Philharmonic, in Bulgaria, the South Bend Symphony, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Francophonie and the I Musici de Montréal chamber orchestra. A chamber musician in demand, he has played with renowned musicians and groups, including double bassist Edgar Meyer, clarinetist James Campbell, the New Zealand String Quartet and the Canadian Chamber Players. Many of his performances have been broadcast on Radio-Canada and the CBC, Chicago’s WFMT-FM, as well as Kol Hamusica, in Israel.

In 2010, Jimmy Brière releases his first solo cd on Analekta label presenting a very original recital program composed of piano works written by famous Oscar winning composers:  Korngold, Rota and Corigliano. The disc was very well received by critics in Canada and around the world. Previously, another CD was released on XXI-21 label, featuring piano solo and chamber music by Jean Françaix.

A graduate of the Université de Montréal, Indiana University and the Glenn Gould  School of Toronto, Jimmy Brière has studied with Marc Durand, Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler and André Laplante. He is presently an Associate Professor at the Music Faculty of the Université de Montréal

Photos : © Odile Boucher