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  The Ensemble - the musicians
 

François Pilon, first violin
François began to study the violin at the age of 5 with Mr. Hratchia Sévadjian. In 1997, he completed his studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal where he obtained the first prize with distinction.

He is a member of the Ensemble Romulo Larrea since 1995. He is also the co-artistic director of Le Kiosque à musique. François regularly works with renowned Quebec artists and participates to numerous recording sessions for movies, television both as a musician and as a producer. Since 1999, he has been working as the assistant of composer and conductor Simon Leclerc.

 

François Pilon

 

Frédéric Lefebvre

 

Frédéric Lefebvre, violin
Frédéric began to study the violin at the age of 4 with Les Petits Violons de Jean Cousineau. Frédéric was, from 1990 to 1997, a grant recipient of the Laval Arts Foundation and obtained in 1995 the grant of excellence from the McAbbie Foundation. In 1997, he completed his studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal.

He is a member of the Ensemble Romulo Larrea since 1995. He is also a member of the McGill Chamber Orchestra and of the Ensemble Amati. Frédéric lend his talent to numerous groups playing for Luciano Pavarotti, Charlotte Church, Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Ginette Reno, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. He participates frequently to recording sessions for television, radio or movies. Since 2002, Frédéric Lefebvre is a violin professor and responsible for the strings in the framework of the musical project of Marcel-Vaillancourt school in Laval.

 

Ligia Paquin, viola 
She graduated from the Montreal Music Conservatory where she completed, in 1995, her studies with the Conservatory award price. She performs regularly with various ensembles and orchestras and is very active as a studio musician (recording). She has toured with many artists both from the field of jazz and popular. Ligia also works with the flutist and composer François Richard. She was a member of the Ensemble Romulo Larrea from 1995 to 2000 and is back since 2013.

 

Ligia Paquin

 

Sheila Hannigan

 

Sheila Hannigan, cello
She completed her studies at the Université de Montréal and obtained a Master in interpretation in 1993. She performs often with several ensembles and orchestras and is very active as a studio musician (recordings).

She is a member of the Ensemble Romulo Larrea since 1999. She also works with the jazz/arabe quartet Absinthe and with the Rémi Bolduc Trio. In 2004, she obtained a grant from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec to accomplish a master class with Eugene Friesen.

 

Yannick Chênevert, double bass
After having completed a Masters at the Montreal Music Conservatory, Yannick Chenevert received an award with honors in 1999. He is a versatile musician who easily implemented in several genres of music, be it classical, Baroque or modern, in popular music, jazz or world. Yannick Chenevert is a member of the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and I Musici and works with the Ensemble Romulo Larrea since 2008. He works with the major ensembles and orchestras of the Montreal region and is particularly active with the studio recordings.

 

Yannick Chênevert

 

Martin Dubé

 

Martin Dubé, piano
Martin Dubé made his piano studies with Michel Frank and Robert Weisz, at Laval University, and completed his master's degree in chamber music with Marina Mdivani at McGill University. He was a fellow of the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied in "vocal coaching" and in accompaniment with Warren Jones. His collaborator activities have led him to perform at major venues throughout the US and Canada and he also perform on WQXR radio in New York and for the CBC. Martin acted as vocal coach at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and at the Chautauqua Institution. He was also vocal coach at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and at the Opera of Philadelphia.

He is a licensed coach at the University of Montreal and at the Atelier Lyrique of the Opéra de Montréal; he is also an official accompanist at the International Singing Competition in Montreal and works with the Ensemble Romulo Larrea since 2010. He's an official member of the Society of Québec Chamber Music and teaches at the Quebec Music Conservatory.

 

Andra Giugariu, violin 
Born in Bucarest (Roumania), Andra began her violin classes at the Lycée d'art George Enescu at the age of 7. In 1987, she completed her studies in Canada at the Université de Montréal and obtained a degree and a master in interpretation.

Since then, she shares her career between the teaching to elementary level with a regular stage presence. She performs with the McGill Chamber Orchestra, the group La Pietà with Angèle Dubeau and, since 2008, with the Ensemble Romulo Larrea.

 

Andra Giugariu

 

Martine Gagné, viola
Martine graduated from the Conservatoire de Montréal, she performs both as a soloist and as a member of chamber orchestras. For the past 3 years, she has been a member of the McGill Chamber Orchestra.

She plays with different orchestras including the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. She currently studies at McGill University in the class of André Roy to acquire the Artist Diploma. She is a member of the Ensemble Romulo Larrea since 2009.

 

Martine Gagné

 

Marie-Claire Cousineau

 

Marie-Claire Cousineau, viola 
Marie-Claire is a violin and viola player. She began the study of the instruments with her father, Jean Cousineau. After obtaining a degree in violin at the UQAM university as a student to Martin Foster, she completed a training in Salzbourg with Jean-Jacques Kantorow.

She co-directs, as solo-violin the Ensemble Les Petits Violons. She often performs with different groups and is a member of the Ensemble Romulo Larrea since 2003.

 

Alexandra Gregova, viola
Alexandra began the study of the violin at the age of 5 and started the viola at the age of 16. She completed her studies at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal and obtained in 2002 a First Prize.

She continued her studies at McGill, with André Roy and obtained in 2002 the Artist Diploma with Outstanding performance. She is a member of the Ensemble Romulo Larrea since 2007. She performs regularly with several orchestras in Quebec as well as abroad.

 

Alexandra Gregova

 

 

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