Ariane Brisson

Winner of the 2019–2020 “Discovery of the Year” Opus Prize and grand prize winner of the coveted Prix d’Europe in 2013, flautist Ariane Brisson captivates audiences and critics alike with her musicality and refined interpretations.

As principal flute with the Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville and Montréal’s Grands Ballets Orchestra and a regular collaborator with some of Quebec’s leading orchestras, such as Les Violons du Roy and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Brisson has performed throughout North America as well as in Europe and Asia. In recent seasons, she has been invited to perform as a soloist with Les Violons du Roy, the Trois-Rivières and Drummondville symphony orchestras, and the Neues Zürcher Orchester in Switzerland.

Charmed by Brisson’s fluid and sensitive playing, the musicians of the renowned wind quintet Pentaèdre invited her to join the ensemble in 2016. She has enthusiastically served as artistic director of the ensemble since 2019. Her curiosity and reflections led her to pursue doctoral studies at the Université de Montréal in 2017 and, in so doing, to rethink the interpretation and pedagogy of the flute.

Ariane Brisson would like to extend a special thanks to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, the Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Their continued support over the years has made it possible for her ambitions to come to fruition through her various artistic projects. Brisson is attentive to the aesthetics of each repertoire she interprets. As such, she performs on two different instruments: a Yamaha transverse flute made of granadilla wood, and a Powell 10K flute graciously loaned by patron Roger Dubois of Canimex (Drummondville, Canada).

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