Named “Révélations Radio-Canada 2016-2017”, Marina Thibeault travels the world as an ambassador of the viola. Contributing to the repertoire of this rich lower-voiced member of the violin family, by commissioning new works is a vital calling for Marina. She works closely with various composers, amongst Jean Lesage and Ana Sokolovic.
Ms. Thibeault is a recipient of the Sylva Gelber Foundation award and figures on the CBC list: 30 hot classical musicians under 30 (2016). She won first prize in the string category of Prix d’Europe (2015) and the McGill Concerto Competition (2015), and the Radio-Canada “Young Artist” prize (2007) as well a special prize at the Beethoven Hradec International Viola Competition (2008).
An avid chamber musician, Marina has collaborated with members of the Guarneri Quartet, the Cleveland Quartet, and the London Haydn Quartet, amongst other great chamber musicians. Her interest in new music has led her to work with living composers such as John Corigliano, Joan Tower and Krzysztof Penderecki.
As an orchestral musician Ms. Thibeault has served as Guest Principal Viola of Les Violons du Roy (2010-2013), and she performs frequently with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. She also served as Principal Viola of the New York String Seminar as their youngest principal ever (2006).
Marina started violin lessons with her elderly fiddler neighbor at age 6. At 9 years old, she was the youngest violin student to enter the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec, where she was a violin student of Claude Létourneau and Catherine Dallaire, and a viola student of François Paradis. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with professors Michael Tree and Roberto Diaz. In order to deepen her studies, she attended the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana under the tutelage of Bruno Giuranna, with the help of the Canada Council of the Arts and the Eskas Scholarship. Marina has recently completed her Master’s degree with André Roy at McGill University. Past festivals attended include the Music Academy of the West, the Perlman Chamber Music workshop, Taos School of Music, Aurora Master classes, McGill International String Quartet Academy and IMS Prussia Cove.
Upcoming projects include a Debut Atlantic tour with Trio Canoë (clarinet-viola-piano) and the recording of her first album, produced in collaboration with Radio-Canada in 2016-17.
Marina plays on a 1854 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume viola, and a W.E Hill and sons bow, generously loaned by Canimex.
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