After his truly amazing SSO debut, Stéphane is back…and with another one of the great cello concertos! He and the “Countess of Stainlein, Ex-Paganini” will perform the Dvořák Cello Concerto on September 21st. The 1707 Stradivarius cello is on generous loan by Mrs. Sophie Desmarais.
Our returning guest recently received the 2018 Maureen Forrester Next Generation Award. This was in recognition of his sensitivities with music, his enviable technique, and his considerable communication skills. Previous to that in 2015, he was selected as laureate of the Classe d’Excellence de violoncelle Gautier Capuçon from the Fondation Louis Vuitton, and received the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Career Development Award. He was the very first recipient of the $50,000 Fernand-Lindsay Career Award. For three straight years, Stéphane was ranked amongst “CBC Radio’s 30 Hot Canadian classical musicians under 30”.
Chosen as the first ever Soloist-in-Residence of the Orchestre Métropolitain, he performed alongside Yannick Nézet-Séguin during the 2014-2015 season. Further during their 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 pianists Jan Lisiecki and Charles Richard-Hamelin, who have been mostly recently on the TCU Place stage in 2017 and 2016, respectively. He also participated in a number of masterclasses, notably with cellists Gautier Capuçon and Frans Helmerson. In 2017, Stéphane partnered with harpist Valérie Milot and violinist Antoine Bareil for a third album dedicated to Trios for Violin, Cello and Harp:
“The solo playing is astonishingly mature not merely in its technical attributes but also in its warmth, brilliance and subtlety of colour and inflection.” – Geoffrey Norris, Gramophone
He made such a huge impression on not only the SSO’s audience, but on the musicians and the admin team – as generous with his time as he is with his artistry, Stéphane has quickly become one of the SSO’s favourite collaborators.
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