Artists

Francis Choinière

Artistic Director and Conductor

Francis is a versatile musician active as a choral and orchestral conductor, concert producer, pianist, composer, and baritone. Co-founder of the OPCM with Elie Boissinot, (Orchestre Philharmonique et Choeur des Mélomanes), Artistic Director of L’Ensemble Vocal Trame Sonore, Conductor of the Choeur Fernand Lindsay for the Festival de Lanaudière, and chorus master for several concerts at the Bell Center (with Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman, Hans Zimmer and Ramin Djawadi), Francis is highly engaged in Montreal’s music scene. Francis is the co-founder and President of GFN Productions, a production company that presents several high caliber concerts in Montreal’s finest venues such as the Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring concert presented at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, Place des Arts with more than 250 musicians and singers on stage. Francis has received many scholarships and prizes including the Helmut Blume Memorial Scholarship and the Barbara Ann (Smith) Pennie Prize for Musicianship.

Elie Boissinot

Artistic Director and Principal Cellist 

Hailed by critics for his « rich and generous sound », cellist Elie Boissinot is the recipient of several awards, most recently winning the 2018 Golden Violin Prize, the Developing Artist Grant from the Hnatyshyn Foundation as well as the Lloyd Carr-Harris String Scholarship at McGill University, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Music with Elizabeth Dolin. He has won several concerto competitions and received first prizes from, among others, the Canadian Music Competition, the McGill Chamber Music Competition (with the Lorne Quartet) and the Festival de Musique Classique de Montreal. In recent years, Elie performed as a soloist with the OPMEM, the OSJM and the FACE Symphony Orchestra. He has held first chairs in Pronto Musica, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the OSJM, and the OPCM, an ensemble he co-founded and co-directs since 2015. In 2019, he performed Elgar’s concerto with the MGSO and will give recitals in Montreal, Toronto, in the US and in the Netherlands. Elie plays on a 1790 Pietro Antonio Cateni cello and a bow by Claude Thomassin, generously loaned by Canimex Inc. of Drummondville, QC.


Guest Artists

Isabella Perron

Violinist

Isabella started playing the violin at the age of 2 and gave her first concerts at age 5. Her guest appearances with orchestra include Orchestre Métropolitain (Montréal) and the I Musici String Ensemble, all before the age of 10; she has also appeared as a soloist with the Peninsula Symphony (San Francisco, CA), with the National Theater Orchestra (Prague National Theater), the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, the Lethbridge Symphony and many other orchestras across Canada and the United States.

She was awarded many prizes and distinctions: First Prize at the International Radio Competition for Young Performers Concertino Praga organized by Czech Radio under the patronage of the EBU (European Union of Radio and Television), which earned her a tour in the Czech Republic; Second Prize at the Klein International String Competition (San Francisco), First Prize at the National Music Festival (Canada), First Prize and Highest Score in all categories at the Canadian Music Competition.

Recently, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra proclaimed her “Emerging Artist” for the 2017-2018 season. Isabella d’Éloize Perron plays on a violin Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume of 1737 courtesy of CANIMEX Group.

Stéphanie Pothier

Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano au timbre à la fois sombre et rayonnant, Stéphanie Pothier évolue dans un répertoire allant de la musique baroque à vocalises aux créations contemporaines. Ses engagements incluent les Requiem de Verdi, Mozart et Duruflé, Alexander Nevsky de Prokofiev, la Missa Solemnis de Beethoven, le Messie de Haendel et l’Oratorio de Noël de Bach.

En 2017, elle incarnait Vera Lynn dans Another Brick in The Wall à l’Opéra de Montréal, en plus d’être soliste dans Parsifal au Festival de Lanaudière sous la direction de Yannick Nézet-Séguin, et dans la Fantaisie chorale de Beethoven, avec Kent Nagano, lors de la Virée classique de l’OSM.En 2018, elle était l’invitée de I Musici dirigé par Andrew Megill dans le cadre de l’Intégrale des cantates de Bach à la salle Bourgie. Elle incarnait récemment Lily dans la première canadienne de l’opéra Lotus Lives de Su Lian Tan.Boursière de la fondation Rotary International et du Goethe-Institut, elle est diplômée de la Hochschule für Musik de Stuttgart (chant) ainsi que du Conservatoire de musique de Montréal (clavecin).

Max van Wyck

Baritone

A native Vancouverite, Baritone Max van Wyck’s love for performing and his passion for music has led him across Canada, from the West Coast through Toronto to the L’Atelier Lyrique Young Artist Program with L’Opéra de Montréal. His path to Montreal began at the University of British Columbia, quickly followed by the Master’s Degree at the University of Toronto.

Whilst here with L’Opéra de Montréal Max was thrilled with the many opportunities that both companies provided. These included Le Premier Officer in his L’Opéra de Montréal debut in Dialogues des Carmelites, the Jailer in Tosca, Dancaïro in Carmen, Danilo in La Veuve Joyeuse, and Gregorio in Romeo et Juliette. He currently studies with the world-renowned tenor Richard Margison.

This past summer included Sharpless in Madama Buttfly, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, the semi-finals in the Concourse International de Chant de Marseille in June, and the finals for the Concourse Voix Nouvelles here in Montreal.

Anja Strauss

Soprano
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Saluée “explosive” par le San Francisco Classical Voice, la soprano allemande Anja Strauss est une artiste ayant de l’expérience dans le répertoire d’opéra, de Lied et d’Oratorio. Au cours des 20 dernières années, elle a chanté dans plusieurs maisons d’opéra américaines, notamment à l’Opéra de Sacramento, à l’Opéra lyrique de San Francisco, à l’Opera d’Oakland et à l’Opéra Pacific Repertory. Celle-ci a également pris la scène dans de nombreux théâtres allemands à Lübeck, à Kiel, à Potsdam et à Detmold. En concert, Mme Strauss a aussi interprété un vaste répertoire de musique sacrée, par exemple le Requiem de Mozart pour la commémoration du 11 septembre au Lincoln Center à New York.  Pour ce qui est de son expérience dans le domaine du Lied allemand, Mme Strauss a participé à des récitals au Weill Hall de Carnegie Hall, avec la Société Mozart de Californie, et au Festival Bach au Danemark. De plus, Mme Strauss a chanté Pierrot Lunaire de Schönberg sous la direction de Kent Nagano. Elle a étudié à la Musikhochschule de Lübeck en Allemagne, et à poursuivi son cheminement à Juilliard à New York. En plus de sa carrière active de soliste, elle enseigne le chant et la diction allemande à l’Université McGill. www.anjastrauss.com