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Montreal, September 13th, 2007: Acknowledged as much in Europe as in America for her artistry, Louise Bessette can now add China to her list. In fact, the muse of many contemporary music composers has been invited both as performer and teacher at the 4th International Piano Festival of Shanghai Conservatory of Music which will take place from October 1st to October 7th, 2007.

On October 3, at the Heluting Concert Hall of Shanghai, Louise Bessette will perform a majestic recital consisting of works by Serge Arcuri, Walter Boudreau, Alexina Louie, Serge Provost, and Gilles Tremblay. For the second half of her concert: the monumental Second Piano Sonata by Charles Ives. Lasting about 45 minutes, this piece explores the experimental tendancies of the composer : absence of bar lines, complex harmonies and cluster chords created with the use of a long stick on the keyboard. Preceding this piece, the Chinese audience will discover works from her recital « Carillons Éternels » and pieces written by our leading composers. Finally, as part of the festival, Louise Bessette will share her musical knowledge with young students from around the world through a serie of master classes.

Celebrating close to 80 years of existence, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music is one of the first oriental institution to offer studies and practical courses of occidental music. Among its numerous concentrations, the Conservatory offers a specialization in modern music. Its Faculty welcomes around 170 professors and associates from different countries. Louise Bessette shall therefore proudly represent Québec and Canada at this international event.

A versatile musician and acrobatic pianist, Louise Bessette is a much sought-after and appreciated artist. She has been part of over twenty recordings either as a solo artist or with a chamber group. First Prize at the Concours International de Musique Contemporaine de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, First Prize at the Concours International Gaudeamus, Prix Opus « soloist of the year », 1996-1997, for her recital of Olivier Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus, Member of the Order of Canada (2001), Officier de l'Ordre national du Québec (2005), Louise Bessette holds numerous prizes, all emphasizing the importance of her musical contribution. Since 1996, she is professor of piano at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal.

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