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.

JIMMY BRIÈRE | piano

Reconnu comme un brillant musicien à la fois authentique et polyvalent, Jimmy Brière mène une remarquable carrière de pianiste et de pédagogue. Il est régulièrement invité comme soliste ou chambriste au Canada et à l’étranger.

Jimmy Brière a été le soliste invité de plusieurs orchestres, dont entre autres l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, l’Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal, l’Orchestre Classica de Porto, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Pleven, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Ruse et le South Bend Symphony. Il est régulièrement l’invité des plus importants festivals et organisations musicales du pays dont le Festival de Lanaudière, le Festival de musique de chambre d’Ottawa, le Festival Orford, le Banff Center for the Arts, le Festival of the Sound et au Festival international du Domaine Forget.

Chambriste recherché, il s’est produit avec des musiciens et formations de renom dont le contrebassiste Edgar Meyer, le clarinettiste James Campbell, le New Zealand String Quartet et les Canadian Chamber Players. Plusieurs de ses prestations ont été diffusées sur les ondes de Radio-Canada et de la CBC, à la WFMT-FM de Chicago ainsi qu’à la Kol Hamusica, en Israël. Depuis 2017, il est membre du Trio Hochelaga avec lequel il s’est produit sur diverses scènes au Québec et plus récemment dans le cadre d’une tournée en Chine.

Son premier disque solo paru chez Analekta a été chaleureusement accueilli par la critique. Ce disque regroupe des œuvres de Korngold, Rota et Corigliano qui sont tous récipiendaires d’un Oscar.  Jimmy Brière a également enregistré des œuvres pour piano et musique de chambre de Jean Françaix sous étiquette XXI-21. 

Premier prix du Concours international de Hong Kong en 1997, lauréat du Concours international de Porto en 1996, lauréat du Concours national des jeunes interprètes de Radio-Canada en 2001 et médaillé d’or de du concours de musique de chambre Fischoff, Jimmy Brière est également récipiendaire du 21èmePrix Opus “Concert de l’année” en musique contemporaine.

Diplômé de la Faculté de musique de l’Université de Montréal, de l’Indiana University et de la Glenn Gould School de Toronto, Jimmy Brière a étudié avec Marc Durand, Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler et André Laplante. Il est aujourd’hui professeur agrégé à la Faculté de musique de l’Université de Montréal. Il donne régulièrement des cours de maître dans différentes institutions et siège à de nombreux concours nationaux et internationaux.

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