Young Artists Series

September 25, 2016: François Lacelle

3pm Freiman Hall, University of Ottawa
Admission: $10 at the door. Proceeds support the artist.

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François Lacelle is a French Canadian musician and teacher. Choosing to pursue his passion for music through classical guitar he studied with Philip Candelaria at Cambrian College in 2007. Afterwards, he completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in classical guitar performance at the University of Ottawa under Patrick Roux. François is an active performer in Ottawa as a soloist and an ensemble musician. He currently has a special interest in 19th century guitar music, renaissance music, as well as contemporary neo-romantic music.

November 13: Craig Visser and Emily Shaw

3pm Freiman Hall, University of Ottawa
Admission: $10 at the door. Proceeds support the artists.

Craig Visser Craig is a guitarist and composer currently based in the Ottawa area.  As a guitarist, his interests stem from a variety of styles including jazz and classical, which in turn has presented an array of performance opportunities as a soloist, musician for theatrical productions, and as a member of small and large jazz ensembles.

Craig’s work as a composer has proven to be equally diverse over the years.  His piece for string orchestra (The Red Fields), won the Blue Bridge Festival’s Mary Gardiner Memorial Award for Young Composers in 2011 and his most recent project for guitar quartet and strings will be premiered at the 2018 Guitare Alla Grandefestival in the National Capital Region.  Craig is a member of the Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) and his music is published by Heron Creek Music and Les Productions D’Oz.

Craig holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts (Music) from York University and a Masters (MMus) in guitar performance from the University of Ottawa.  His primary teachers have included renowned Canadian guitarist/composers Brian Katz and Patrick Roux, as well as composers Michael Cado and David Lidov.  Craig is currently on the board of the Ottawa Guitar Society, where he directs the Ottawa Guitar Orchestra and coordinates the society’s Young Composers Competition.


Emily is a young classical guitarist, teacher, and luthier currently located in Ottawa, Ontario. She studied guitar with her father, Mike Shaw until university, at which point she moved to London, Ontario to study with Wilma van Berkel at the University of Western Ontario. Emily recently completed a master’s degree (MMus) in guitar performance under the tutelage of Patrick Roux at the University of Ottawa. Emily spends a good deal of her time working with students in her home studio where she teaches classical and acoustic guitar, and piano. As a luthier, Emily has built a variety of guitar-type instruments including classical guitars, steel-string acoustic guitars, period instruments, and a ukulele. In performance, Emily strives to engage her audience with expressive interpretations of music from across the centuries. She has a weakness for emotionally charged, lush harmonies and amusing character pieces. When not practising, teaching, or building guitars, Emily enjoys biking, sailing, cooking, and drinking tea.

March 12: Nicolas Migneault and Jean-Philipe Savard

3pm Freiman Hall, University of Ottawa
Admission: $10 at the door. Proceeds support the artists.


Native of Saint-Joseph-de-Lepage, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Québec, Nicolas Migneault started studying  guitar at the age of 9. Alongside his classical studies, he played in Le Mistral Guitar Ensembles,  in punk rock,  and classic rock bands during high school.

In order to improve as a classical guitarist, he joined Érick Labbé’s studio at the Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski where he completed his Bachelor of music. He participated in masterclasses with Alvaro Pierri, David Jacques, Isabelle Héroux and Petrit Çeku. During the summers of 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 he participated in the Music Academy of Domaine Forget with internationally reknown players such as Jérôme Ducharme, Assad brothers, Marcin Dylla, Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela.

In 2013, he was awarded the Governor General’s Academic Medal (Collegiate Bronze Medal). Last April, he completed a Master’s Degree with guitarist and composer, Patrick Roux through the Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau. He currently teaches in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, and is working on solo and chamber music projects.


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Jean-Philip Savard began classical guitar at the age of 15. He developed his passion for music after participating in a summer music camp at Camp du Lac de la Matapédia. Wishing to hone his skills, he pursued his study at the Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski. Along his education at the Conservatoire, he participated in masterclasses with David Jacques, Petrit Çeku and Isabelle Héroux. He continued to hone his skills during the summer at the Domaine Forget where he worked masters such as Pavel Steidl, Aniello Desiderio, Roland Dyens, Sergio and Odair Assad, Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela.In April 2011, he won the gold medal in Festival-Concours of Rivière-du-Loup. He recently finished his Master’s Degree with Patrick Roux at the University of Ottawa.

TBD: Félix Dallaire


Félix Dallaire is currently studying classical guitar with Patrick Roux in Gatineau. Since beginning his studies at the Conservatory, he has placed in the finals of various competition, including Kiwanis, Concours de Guitare Outaouais, Guitar Montreal – La Relève, and other competitions. Last year, he was awarded first prize at Bravissimo, a competition between the students of the Music Conservatory of Gatineau, and at Domaine Forget’s guitar competition, category 18 and over.

Since starting his Bachelor degree, Félix has begun his career as a soloist and in his duo with Christ Habib, “Comme un Duo”. This year, he is working on his first full solo concert.

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