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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Roy and Gaudet - Winnipeg Debut

WINNIPEG­ October 9, 2009 — On Saturday, October 17, 2009, Virtuosi Concerts will host the western Canadian debut of violinist Jean-Sébastien Roy and pianist, Mathieu Gaudet. CBC radio will record this Winnipeg concert which is also the first in a series of appearances under the auspices of Prairie Debut that will take the duo across Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

"As this will be the first time either of us has performed in Winnipeg, we are particularly pleased to include Quebec composer, André Mathieu in our programme," says Roy. "We've enjoyed a revival of his work in our home province but not many western Canadians have had the pleasure of discovering what I could only call his genius."

Jean-Sébastien Roy studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, earning his first prize at the Conservatory with great distinction. He also obtained his master's degree in interpretation from the Université de Montréal in May 2004. During his career, Roy has won top prizes, including the Cleveland Institute of Music Competition and the OSM contest, the Prix d'Europe and the Prix Joseph Rouleau at the Concours International de Musique de Montreal. He has performed across Canada, the United States and Europe where he recently performed in London, Munich and Paris.

Since his acclaimed début in Baltimore, USA with Brahms' Piano Concerto No 2, Pianist Mathieu Gaudet has become much in demand as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. He is the co-founder of Gros Morne Summer Music, a highly successful concert series in Newfoundland, Canada. In addition to his busy musical life, Mathieu Gaudet is studying medicine at Université de Montréal.

Programme: MATHIEU, Sonata for violin and piano; BLOCH, Nigun; FAURÉ, Quatre pièces; FRANCK, Sonata for violin and piano; SAINT-SAENS, Introduction and rondo capriccioso

Concert Information: 8PM, Eckhardt-Grammatté Hall, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave. www.virtuosi.mb.ca . For Tickets call 786-9000: Adults $29 / Full-time post-secondary students $10/ High-School students $5 (subject to availability at door)

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