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Barachois Summer Music is one of the pillars of south-eastern New Brunswick’s artistic environment. Founded 35 years ago, year after year, the event presents classical music concerts of the highest level in the enchanting setting of the Barachois Historic Church, a heritage site erected in 1824. To date, more than 250 concerts have taken place within the walls of this Acadian cultural treasure, in the Viola-Léger hall, allowing the public to discover and appreciate brilliant musicians from here and abroad in a warm atmosphere and incomparable acoustics.
Over the years, thanks to the series, the Barachois Historic Church has been privileged to host musicians of an international calibre such as the Alcan Quartet, the Arthur-LeBlanc Quartet, Stéphane Beaulac, Luc Beauséjour, Daniel Bolshoy, Leslie-Ann Bradley, Dominique Côté, Lorraine Desmarais, Chantal Dionne, Denise Djokic, Marc Djokic, Jonathan Estabrooks, the Hochelaga Trio, David Jalbert, the John Roney Trio, Miriam Khalil, Marianne Lambert, Renée Lapointe, Vincent Lauzer, Suzie LeBlanc, Suzanne Lemieux, Marie-Josée Lord, Roger Lord, Nathalie Paulin, Richard Raymond, the Wanderer Trio, Jasper Wood and Brian Yoon.
Eager to promote emerging talents, the series has also served as a stepping stone for a number of young Acadian and New Brunswick artists, allowing them to experience some of their first performances on a professional stage. Notable names among this group include Christianne Bélanger, Jaeyoung Chong, Terri Croft, Alain and Patrick Gaudet, Carl Philippe Gionet, Julien LeBlanc, Carol Léger, Dion Mazerolle, Lance Ouellette and the Phi brothers.
Barachois Summer Music is now one of Atlantic Canada’s most important musical events. Its concerts have often been recorded and broadcast on Radio-Canada and Espace musique. In 2014, the series received the Event of the Year Éloize in recognition of its 31st and 32nd seasons, Twilight Dreams and A Fresh, Blazing Summer. Emboldened by this success, the event hopes to keep growing and evolving, always striving to nourish the region’s cultural life.
A virtuoso whose enthusiasm is genuinely contagious, New-Brunswick pianist Julien LeBlanc is renowned for his great musical sensibility and his talent as a communicator. Based in Montreal, he is a well sought-after soloist, chamber player and accompanist. Julien is a founding member of Trio Arkaède with whom he recently recorded a second album.
A great lover of the art song repertoire, he is often heard on the concert stage with many Canadian singers including sopranos Miriam Khalil and Nathalie Paulin as well as with mezzo Lauren Segal. He recently acted has music director for Against the Grain Theatre in a production of Pelléas et Mélisande by Debussy in Toronto.
Julien LeBlanc holds a post-graduate Diploma in Accompaniment from the Royal Academy of Music (London, UK) where he studied with pianist Malcolm Martineau, a Doctorate in piano performance from Université de Montréal under Paul Stewart and Marc Durand as well as an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School (Toronto, ON).
Julien LeBlanc has been an adjudicator on several music festivals and competition in Canada. He currently works as a vocal and collaborative pianist both at McGill University and Université de Montréal.
Praised for his sincere and colourful playing as well as for his modern and fascinating writing, pianist and author Pierre-André Doucet is one of Canada’s most captivating young artists.
Mr Doucet completed his doctoral studies at l’Université de Montréal in November 2016, where he studied under Maneli Pirzadeh.
He has also benefited from masterclasses with some of the world’s leading artists at the Music Academy of the West, Songfest and the Tanglewood Music Center (United States) and the Franz-Schubert-Institut (Austria).
Recent performance highlights include broadcasts on NPR and CBC Radio 2, as well as concerts in South Africa, the United States, as well as onboard the inaugural voyage of
the ms Koningsdam throughout Europe, as a pianist for Lincoln Center Stage, a new chamber music initiative sponsored by Holland America and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. This fall, he will be touring under Debut Atlantic with violinist Tina Bouey.
In addition to having been declared the Discovery of the Year at the Éloizes Gala, in 2014, Pierre-André Doucet was also featured on CBC Radio’s list of 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30. Winner of the Knigge Piano Competition (2013), Mr. Doucet has also been awarded top prizes for his performances of contemporary works, namely at the Ibiza International Piano Competition (2013) and the Prix d’Europe (2014). Since the fall of 2016, he has been represented by the MitBravour management agency.