Young Artists Series

An-Laurence Higgins

Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 3pm
Freiman Hall, University of Ottawa
admission: $10 at the door, all proceeds support the artist

An-Laurence Higgins is a young and early-career guitarist currently based in Montreal. Originally from Québec city, she studied classical guitar with Claude Gagnon and Christophe Pratiffi at the Cégep de Sainte-Foy. She then moved to Montreal in order to pursue her studies at the Université de Montréal with Peter McCutcheon. From this moment, An-Laurence Higgins became more and more interested in contemporary music, which holds an important place in her repertoire. She loves to collaborate with imaginative artists to create new works for guitar. The young musician performed and took part in new music workshops in Quebec, Montreal, Toronto and Waterloo. In 2017, she won the Contemporary Performance Prize at the Waterloo Contemporary Music Sessions, where she has also been a guest artist.

Double Feature: Christ Habib and Vincent Lavoie – Rescheduled!

Sunday, March 31, 2018 at 3pm
Fernand-Graton Hall, Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau (430 Alexandre-Taché)
admission: $10 at the door, all proceeds support the artist

Christ Habib started playing classical guitar when he was 6 years old and at 10 years old, he was accepted at the Conservatory of Music in Gatineau. During his musical studies, Christ had the chance to go to the Domaine Forget numerous times, where he had masterclasses with internationally renowned artists such as Pepe Romero, Judicael Perroy, Odair and Sergio Assad, Matteo Mela, Lorenzo Micheli Ana Vidovic, Marcin Dylla and many others.

Christ has distinguished himself in many competitions, the most recent one being the music competition of Pierre-of-Saurel, where he won the first prize in classical guitar as well as the chamber music category with his guitar duo partner Félix Dallaire.

He has also been a finalist in international competitions such as the international competition of the Guitar Academy of Boston where he won the 3rd place and at the international guitar competition of the Domaine Forget in 2016 where he received the 2nd place. In Last April, he received a prize in chamber music at the Conservatory of Music in Québec.

Christ is pursuing his second and final year of his Master’s Degree in music with Patrick roux at the Conservatory of Music in Gatineau.

Vincent Lavoie has made his mark in several competitions. In 2015, he won the concerto competition at the University of Sherbrooke, which allowed him to play as a soloist with the university orchestra. His academic excellence has been repeatedly highlighted by scholarships and mentions of excellence. Vincent recently completed his master’s degree in performance at the University of Ottawa with Patrick Roux. He has also had the opportunity to work with several internationally renowned performers including Vladimir Gorbach, Odaïr Assad, Remi Boucher, Jean-François Desrosby and many others.

Ottawa Guitar Trio – SOLD OUT

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 3pm
The Art House Café, 555 Somerset St. West
admission: $10 at the door, all proceeds support the artist

After graduating from their master’s degrees in classical guitar performance from the University of Ottawa and Wisconsin Milwaukee respectively, the Ottawa Guitar Trio (formed by Nathan Bredeson, François Lacelle and Alex Bougie) strive to enchant and enthral the world with a performance imbued in sensitivity and virtuosity.

By bringing to the table a medley of timeless favorites by the likes of Debussy, Ravel, and Piazzolla, along with pieces from modern movie and video game soundtracks such as Zelda (Kondo), Star Wars (Williams) and The Lord of the Rings (Shore), the trio is always thrilled to share genuine moments of nostalgia and excitement with their listeners.

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