Reinvented for cello and piano by two artists whose reputation is unequivocal, these Images oubliées paint a timeless portrait of a musical legend.
By merging these two instruments, the atmospheres evoked by these pieces become even more defined. The solo aspect of these works is therefore transformed into a dialogue, which enables Debussy’s music to resonate differently. It is either more intimate, or more grandiose at times, but always intent on creating a noteworthy connection with the audience. Hence, the evocative power of these compositions is inevitably altered, portraying their own story as well as that of the two musicians who recount it.
With Images oubliées, cellist Stéphane Tétreault and pianist Olivier Hébert-Bouchard set forth a musical retrospection of Claude Debussy’s life, transporting you through some of the most touching pages of his musical legacy. own story as well as that of the two musicians who recount it.
In addition to numerous awards and honours, Stéphane Tétreault is the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Virginia Parker Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. He is also the laureate of the 2022 Prix Opus for “Performer of the Year” awarded by the Conseil québécois de la musique. In 2016, Stéphane made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin and performed at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland. During the 2017-2018 season, he took part in the Orchestre Métropolitain’s first European tour with Maestro Nézet-Séguin and made his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Stéphane has performed with violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov; he has worked with pianists Marc-André Hamelin, John Lenehan, Jan Lisiecki, Louis Lortie, Alexandre Tharaud, and Roger Vignoles and with conductors Rune Bergmann, Tung-Chieh Chuang, Paul McCreesh, John Storgårds, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Kensho Watanabe, amongst many others. Stéphane was a student of the late cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky for more than 10 years. He holds a master’s degree in Music Performance from the Université de Montréal. Stéphane plays the 1707 “Countess of Stainlein, Ex-Paganini” Stradivarius cello, generously loaned to him by Mrs. Sophie Desmarais.
A prizewinner of many international competitions, pianist Olivier Hébert-Bouchard’s success has led him to become one of the most sought-after recitalists of his generation on the Canadian scene. A founding member of Trio Émerillon, Prisma and Memento Mori, Hébert-Bouchard also enjoys fruitful collaborations with several outstanding Quebec musicians, including flautist Ariane Brisson, clarinetist David Dias da Silva and cellist Stéphane Tétreault. His various projects have seen him perform at a number of events: Tanglewood on Parade, the Festival International du Domaine Forget, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center series, Nice’s Nuits magiques as well as the Orford Music and Music and Beyond festivals, to name but a few.
A native of Trois-Rivières, Hébert-Bouchard graduated from the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières with a prize of great distinction (awarded unanimously), and thanks to the financial support of the Manhattan School of Music, he continued his studies in the Big Apple, where he obtained his master’s in performance with distinction in 2011. He completed his training through advanced programs with internationally renowned pianists and pedagogues at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg (Austria), the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the International Summer Academy of Music in Nice and the Juilliard School. An ardent defender of contemporary music, he is committed to promoting the work of emerging composers and has performed several new works since he started his career. His talents as an arranger and his passion for lesser-known repertoire and hidden treasures have allowed him to push the boundaries of many chamber orchestras.
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