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Louise Bessette Appointed Officier of the Ordre National du Québec

The Premier of Quebec, Mr. Jean Charest, announced recently the appointment of forty-three (43) personalities, including pianist Louise Bessette, to the Ordre National du Québec in order to highlight the exceptional character of their achievements and their contribution to the development of Quebec culture. The Ordre National du Québec is the highest distinction awarded by the government of Quebec.

With contemporary music as her main focus, Ms. Bessette has distinguished herself by her inspired and energetic performances of the major works of our times, whether in solo recitals, in chamber music or as a soloist with orchestras. Through her fondness for Canadian composers, she spreads awareness and appreciation for their works both here and abroad. Her talent and her contribution to contemporary music is so respected that composers write music specifically for her. She contributes to the education of young musicians through her teaching at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal.

Nominations to the Ordre National du Québec are decided on by the government based on a favourable recommendation from the Conseil de lOrdre. This year, the Conseil de lOrdre received 239 candidatures in response to a public call for nominations launched in the fall of 2004. Out of the 43 laureates, four will be granted the title of Grand Officier, fourteen will be Officier, and twenty-five Chevalier.

The awarding ceremony will take place on June 22, 2005, at the legislative Salle du Conseil of the Hôtel du Parlement in Quebec City.

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