Louise Bessette at the Maison Trestler and at Sainte-Pétronille
Montreal, April 25, 2007 - On Wednesday, July 4, at 8PM, the Maison Trestler will present pianist Louise Bessette with an inspired and stimulating recital. Setting up the first half on the theme « Carillons Eternels », the pianist will then celebrate the beauty of Spain in the second half of her program. This concert will be given once more in the magical surroundings of the church of Sainte-Pétronille, on the Ile d'Orléans.
In order to amplify the importance of chimes and bells as a means of inspirations for composers, Louise Bessette shall judiciously perform works of Debussy, Ravel, Liszt, Grieg and Messiaen. Added to this great list of classical composers will be two Canadian composers, Serge Arcuri and Alexina Louie. The public is thus invited to appreciate how campaniles stood the test of time. The second part of the evening will take the public down the bewitching road to Spain. With her characteristic spirit, Louise Bessette will tackle pieces by Debussy (Soirée dans Grenade), Albeniz (two tangos), Turina (Tango Op. 8) and the Suite Andalucia from pianist and composer Ernesto Lecuona, an important Cuban musician from the first half of the XXth century.
A captivating perfomer, Louise Bessette has forged herself a tremendous reputation for her inspired and energetic interpretation of twentieth-century music masterpieces. A versatile musician, Louise Bessette is appreciated throughout the world. She performs frequently with renowned formations and is seen regularly in festivals throughout Europe and America. She won the First Prize at the Concours International de Musique Contemporaine in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the First Prize and the Special Prize for Piano at the International Gaudeamus Competition, the 1991 Flandre-Québec Award, and the Prix Opus for « soloist of the year » 1996-97. Piano teacher at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal since 1996, she is transmitting to young virtuosos her passionate love of music.
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