For their debut album on ATMA Classique, violinist Marie Bégin and pianist Samuel Blanchette-Gagnon present sonatas for violin and piano by Claude Debussy and Cesar Franck, as well as Karol Szymanowski’s Mythes, Op. 20, a rarity in the modern repertoire for violin and piano.
A concert to launch the new release is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 at 11:00 am at Québec’s Théâtre Diamant on Saturday, June 19 and will be streamed on ATMA’s, Marie Bégin’s, and, Samuel Blanchette’s Facebook pages.
Canadian violinist Marie Bégin has performed in recitals in Canada, the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom and China. She was a soloist with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy and Agora Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has been a member of the renowned Saguenay Quartet (Alcan Quartet) since 2018 and a violin soloist with the Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean.
Hailed by CBC as one of the “30 hot classical musicians under 30”, 24-year-old pianist Samuel Blanchette-Gagnon stands out for his fervour, his profound musical interpretations and his wide colour palette. Winner of the prestigious Prix d’Europe 2019, the Canadian Music Centre Prize, and laureate of the Stepping Stones (Canadian Music Competition), he regularly performs as a recitalist and with ensembles such as the Orchestre Symphonique de la Côte-Nord, the Appassionata Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestre des Jeunes de Montréal. He has recorded with Les Violons du Roy and the Quatuor Saguenay.