Samantha Louis-Jean, soprano
Born in Paris, soprano Samantha Louis-Jean received her musical and vocal training at the Maîtrise of Radio-France, the University of Montreal and with Marie Daveluy.
She has performed with Jean-Claude Malgoire, Luc Beauséjour, Les Violons du Roy, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble Caprice, the Montreal Baroque Festival, the Orford Festival, the Classica Festival, the Quebec Opera Festival, the International Lamèque Baroque Festival, the Ensemble Masques and the Portland Trinity Consort.
Her operatic roles include Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Poppea (L'Incoronazione di Poppea), Euridice (l’Orfeo), Belinda (Didon and Aeneas) et the Dew Fairy (Hänsel und Gretel).
Miss Louis-Jean is a winner of the Froville International Baroque Competition, the Prix d’Europe Competition, the Oratorio Society of New York Competition, the Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra Competition and the Hélène-Roberge Competition.
Samantha was recently selected for the Handel Residency of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm. Next, she will be performing at the Montpellier Opera, the Bourgie Concert Hall, the Tourcoing Opera Atelier and the Theatre des Champs-Élysées.
Samantha Louis-Jean is a grant recipient of the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation and the Père-Lindsay Foundation.
Vincent Lauzer, flûte à bec
Révélation Radio-Canada 2013-2014 and Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2012 Opus Awards, recorder player Vincent Lauzer graduated from McGill University, where he studied with Matthias Maute.
His first solo CD, “Passaggi” got released in September 2013. Winner of several prizes in national and international competitions, he has been awarded the First Prize during the Stepping Stone of the Canada Music Competition, the Career Development Award du Women’s Musical Club of Toronto and the First Prize in the Montreal International Recorder Competition.
A versatile performer, Vincent plays with Flûte Alors!, Les Songes, Les Violons du Roy, La Bande Montréal Baroque Les Idées Heureuses, Arion, La Cigale and La Follia Austin Baroque (Texas). He also played for the Montréal Baroque Festival, the Indian River Festival (Prince Edwards Island), the Boston Early Music Festival and the festival Tage Alter Musik Regensburg (Germany). He is also the artistic director of the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival in New-Brunswick.
Vincent teaches at the CAMMAC music camp, for the Montreal Recorder Society, for the Toronto Early Music Players Organization and at Université de Montréal’s École des jeunes.
Camille Paquette-Roy, violoncelle
Having shown an interest and talent for music at a very early age, cellist Camille Paquette-Roy was admitted to the Music Conservatory of Trois-Rivières in 1999, where she studied under Jean-Christophe Guelpa for ten years. In 2009, she graduated from the Conservatory of Trois-Rivières with a Diplôme d'Études Supérieures. In the same year, she began her Master's degree at McGill University under Brian Manker, which she completed in 2011.
A versatile artist, Paquette-Roy works frequently with a variety of ensembles including Infusion Baroque (winner of EMA Baroque Performance Competition 2014), Recordare (finalist EMA: Naxos recording competition), l'Orchestre Baroque Arion, Caprice Ensemble and Quatuor 4ailes.
In addition to her activities in the Classical and baroque realms, Paquette-Roy is an active performer in Montréal's pop music scene with artists such as Ingrid St-Pierre, Jean Leloup and Half Moon Run
Mélisande McNabney, clavecin
Mélisande McNabney performs keyboard music of all periods, on harpsichord, piano and fortepiano. A Graduate of McGill University and the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Mélisande was granted her Master’s degree from the Amsterdam Conservatory in June 2010, where she studied harpsichord, continuo and fortepiano in the classes of Bob van Asperen and Richard Egarr. She is now pursuing her Doctorate degree at McGill University under the guidance of Hank Knox and Tom Beghin, thanks to the support of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program.
Currently based in Montreal, Mélisande is regularly invited to play with ensembles such as Les Violons du Roy, Arion Orchestre Baroque, Les Idées heureuses, the Theater of Early Music and Ensemble Caprice. She is also the founder and artistic director of the concert series La Dauphine, and a member of Pallade Musica and ensemble Les Songes, which will be on tour with Jeunesses Musicales Canada in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons.
Mélisande has received scholarships from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Banff Centre, the FQRSC and the CALQ, and received the third prize in the International Competition Musica Antiqua 2015 in Bruges, Belgium.