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Duo Cavatine brings together a deep passion for music and is above all a long story of friendship. Their name as a duet was inspired by the Poulenc sonata for cello and piano, the first work they played together during their college studies in Montreal.
Their sensitive and dynamic personalities were praised, and they are “two great young artists […] Combine their talents for our great happiness. Their interpretation is subtle, full of energy and full of sweetness. (citizens newspaper)
From Monteverdi to Schnittke, he has shown great diversity by offering a wide range of musical styles. Winners of international competitions, including the International Competition for Music and Fine Art, Noemi and Michel Alexander “brilliantly browse over talented music passages. By observing their facial expressions, body language, focus and total investment in their performance, we discover that they are intensely experiencing the emotions conveyed by music and that their mission is Contact us (Atuvu.ca)
One of the most prominent duets on the North American scene, it can be heard regularly on CBC Music, particularly on the show In Concert. They are regularly invited by several concert chains, including Société Pro Musica, Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur, Doors Open at Southminster in Ottawa, Belle Chapelle in Sherbrooke, Orford Music Festival and Music Monday in Toronto , and the Heifetz International Conservatory of Music in the United States, as well as the Festival del Lago in Mexico.
In the fall of 2021, Duo Cavatine was invited by Debut Atlantic, a reputable tour organization that offers concerts in the Maritime Counties. For the occasion, it has been listened to in the Antigonish Series for the Performing Arts, the Capitol Theatre, Cecilia Concerts, the Acadia Performing Arts Series, the Musique Royale and more.
Passionate about pedagogy, both are part of the faculty at the Heifitz International Conservatory of Music as well as at the Festival del Lago in Mexico.
Their discography already includes their first album titled Clouds under the designation KNS.
Noémie Raymond-Friset, cello
Aiming to “define future generations with her immense sensitivity and immeasurable talent” (Journal des Citoyens), cellist Noémie Raymond-Friset has enjoyed a diverse international career that has led her to perform as a chamber musician and soloist with renowned orchestras. From the Royal Albert Hall in London to the International Music Festival de Camara in Lima, her “emotional, hypersensitive and brilliant” playing has taken her to four continents, including with violinists Midori Goto and Pinchas Zuckerman.
Noémie has been recognized as one of CBC’s 30 hottest Canadian classical musicians under the age of 30, and is also an experienced and experienced teacher. She holds a Ph.D. in Performance and Literature from the prestigious Eastman School of Music, and she serves as a cello and chamber music instructor for the Junior Program at Heifitz International Conservatory of Music and teaches at the Festival del Lago in Mexico.
She received many awards in national and international competitions. She has also distinguished herself as a scholarship recipient on several occasions and awardee of the Canadian Board of Musical Instruments Bank Art Competition.
The Noémie is the exquisite “Ex-Curtis” cello by Matteo Goffriller (1700) that was supplied to her by Canimex Inc. Drummondville (Quebec).
Michelle Alexander Prockert
Known for his heartfelt and stunning interpretations, Quebec pianist Michel Alexandre Prockert is one of the most promising musicians of his generation. Housed very early on by his passion for accompaniment and chamber music, he has gained experience as extensive as it is eclectic. In complete comfort on stage and in the studio, he divides his time between the instrumental repertoire and the world of opera with equal happily. As a teacher at heart, his activities as a coach/collaborating pianist at the University of Montreal as well as at McGill University fuel his passion for imparting knowledge to generations of young musicians. The future of classical music is also close to his heart. This is how he actively engages with existing organizations and groups of seasoned musicians, aiming to present this art form in an accessible and undivided light.
He has collaborated for many years with Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, which has given him several tours across Canada as a chamber musician and art director. An organization with multiple missions, including the need to present high-quality classical concerts to audiences far from major urban centres, JMC has had a decisive influence on his conception of the role of the musician in our society.
Very active in the Quebec scene, Michel Alexandre regularly collaborates with several organizations, such as the Canadian Institute of Acoustic Arts, the Montreal Opera, the OSM-Manuvie Competition, La Carte Opera, as well as the Un One Hour Opera collective. At the same time, he works as artistic director of La Petite Maison des Arts and works as art consultant for Société d’Art Vocal de Montréal. He can be found daily at the University of Montreal and McGill University, where future musicians share his experience as a chamber musician. His thirst to outdo himself and his infectious enthusiasm also found fertile ground in the world of competition, as evidenced by his comprehensive roadmap. He won many national and international competitions, and was first to shine solo, with first prizes in the Canadian Music Competition, in the Concerto competition at the Orchester Symphonique de Trois-Rivières, as well as in the Concerto competition at the Alma Mater, University of Montreal. It is in the world of chamber music, particularly the collaboration between singer and pianist, that he reveals himself to the world, along with mainly Quebec soprano Adrien Brisson-Paquin. This is how the duo excelled in Paris in 2011, receiving a Special Jury Prize for Best Interpretation of a Work by Francis Poulenc, as part of the Nadia & Lily Boulanger International Song and Piano Competition. They did so again in 2013, winning second prize at the prestigious Lyon International Chamber Music Competition.
Michel Alexandre has also distinguished himself in the “2016 Mary Trueman Art Song Vocal Competition”, receiving the “Pianist Prize” there, and most recently winning the Special Award for Best Accompanying Pianist at the Récital-Concours International de melodies françaises du Festival Classica. Most recently, he won the Quebec Music Anthology Interpretation Competition, with the Jeanine Lachance Award (1st prize for collaborating pianist), the André Mathieu Prize (1st prize (ex-aequo) for piano solo), as well as the jury’s favourite.
With cellist Noémie Raymond-Friset, in 2018 he co-founded Duo Cavatine, a duo that has since established itself as one of the most dynamic chamber music groups on the Canadian scene. Their plans include a Fall 2021 tour presented by Debut Atlantic and the upcoming release of their first CD, titled Nuages, on a KNS label.
He holds a PhD from the University of Montreal, under the tutelage of Mr. Jean Solnier, and also perfected his skills in Vienna (Austria) with the famous teacher Avedis Kouyumjian.
Michel Alexandre has also distinguished himself in the “2016 Mary Trueman Art Song Vocal Competition”, receiving the “Pianist Prize” there, and most recently winning the Special Award for Best Accompanying Pianist at the Récital-Concours International de melodies françaises du Festival Classica. He holds a PhD from the University of Montreal, under the tutelage of Mr. Jean Solnier, and also perfected his skills in Vienna (Austria) with the famous teacher Avedis Kouyumjian.
CellOpera! In concert: November 5, 7 p.m., Salle Joseph-Rouleau
Details and tickets
After the resounding success of releasing their debut album CellOpéra! Duo Cavatine cordially invites you to the Montreal premiere of this original and captivating programme!
Let yourself be dazzled by the complicity and communicative enthusiasm of this dynamic and growing group!
On the list are the most beautiful opera tunes adapted to the formation of cello piano.
Come and experience this musical journey full of sweetness and passion!
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