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Montreal, July 10, 2008: Louise Bessette will bring her immense talent and passion to Belgium, Ottawa and Saint-Irénée as soloist, chamber musician, guest speaker and guest teacher.

First, she is a guest teacher at the 11th International Piano Week, which takes place from July 26 until August 3 at the Maison de la Laïcité in Wavre, Belgium. During this unifying event, she will give a conference-recital to celebrate the centenary of Olivier Messiaen, on August 2, at 2PM. Louise Bessette will also be part of the faculty concert on July 28, 8PM, and she will give master classes to young and talented pianists.

Barely back from Europe, Louise Bessette will present a concert at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, on August 8 at 8PM at the Church St. John the Evangelist. Joining Robert Cram (flute) and Estelle Lemire (ondes Martenot), plus a string quartet, she will present works taken from the catalogue of Olivier Messiaen: Prélude (1964), La fauvette des jardins, Le merle noir, Feuillets inédits, Pièce pour piano et quatuor à cordes, and extracts from the Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus.

Finally, she will present a piano recital graced with emotion and spirituality at the Festival International of the Domaine Forget, in Saint-Irénée, on August 15, at 8PM, in the hall Françoys-Bernier. Built on two distinctive parts, this recital explores the importance and influence of bells, chimes and campaniles in the musical imagination of composers throughout centuries. For the second half, Louise Bessette will perform six of the Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus, a work for which she received awards and praise from the international critic.

A versatile musician with an acrobatic mastery of the keyboard, Louise Bessette is appreciated throughout the world. She has over 20 recordings to her credit. Member of the Order of Canada (2001), Officer of the Ordre national du Québec (2005), Louise Bessette accumulates honorary distinctions, all in support of her outstanding musical contribution. 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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