Marina Thibeault


“plangent tone and expressive phrasing.”

— The Strad

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About Marina Thibeault

Violist Marina Thibeault’s “plangent tone and expressive phrasing” (The Strad) foreground a great richness in her playing that is on display across various styles. Named Radio-Canada's classical "Revelation" for 2016-2017, Marina has delighted audiences across Canada, the United States, and Europe with her elegant, spellbinding performances and engaging presence. 

An accomplished concerto soloist, Marina has performed with the North Czech Philharmonic, Mariánské Lázně Symphony Orchestra, the Santiago Chamber Orchestra, the Verbier festival, the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Sinfonia Toronto, to mention a few. Marina's first album, Toquade, was released in April 2017 on the ATMA label, and was nominated by the ADISQ and Prix Opus for Album of the Year. 

Her 2020 JUNO Award-nominated album ELLES honours groundbreaking women composers from Clara Schumann to the present day. A passionate advocate for women’s rights, Thibeault has utilized the broad-ranging ELLES project in various iterations to reach out to at-risk women and raise awareness for organizations that support this important cause. The concert adaptation of ELLES presents a wide-ranging program of works for solo viola by Ana Sokolović, Dorothy Chang, and Melody McKiver.

Reconnue pour “sa sonorité riche et profonde ainsi que sa virtuosité et son enthousiasme exceptionnel”, l’altiste Marina Thibeault voyage dans le monde en tant que chambriste, concertiste et soliste. Nommée Révélation de l'année 2016-2017 par Radio-Canada, elle a depuis montré son talent et sa présence sur scène envoutante au public du Canada, des États-Unis et d'Europe. 

Concertiste accomplie, Marina a fait ses débuts en temps que soliste après de nombreux orchestres dont l'Orchestre Métropolitain lors de la saison dernière. En 2019, elle a fait la première nord américaine du concerto de Peteris Vasks avec la Sinfonia Toronto. Ses prochains concerts l’amèneront à Toronto, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Séoul, en Europe de l’Est et au Costa Rica. Le premier disque de Marina, Toquade, sorti en avril 2017 (ATMA Classique) a été nomminé à l'ADISQ dans la catégorie "album de l'année-soliste" ainsi qu'aux Prix Opus 2018. 

Son plus récent album, ELLES, nominé aux Prix Juno 2020, rend hommage aux compositrices avant-gardistes, de Clara Schumann à celles d’aujourd’hui. Ardente militante pour la défense des droits des femmes, Marina a développé son projet ELLES  en plusieurs versions afin de susciter une prise de conscience face aux situations que vivent les femmes plus vulnérables et pour mieux faire connaître les organismes soutenant cette cause importante. L’adaptation-concert d’ELLES présente un vaste programme d'œuvres pour alto solo écrites par Ana Sokolović, Dorothy Chang et Melody McKiver.

Programmes and projects



Marina Thibeault presents the concert version of ELLES, her new album that features repertoire for viola and piano and viola solo by exceptional 19th and 21st century woman composers: Clara Schumann, Fanny Hensel, Nadia Boulanger, Rebecca Clarke, Lilian Fuchs, and Anna Pidgorna.

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A Walk down the North Side

A tribute to William Primrose

Since his first recording of Paganini 5th Caprice in 1934, Primrose quickly established himself as the pioneer of the virtuosic voice of the viola. His numerous transcriptions are a true legacy to the viola repertoire, especially because of the rich variety of styles he dove into (Charmeurs, songs from singer’s literature, Latin-American music, etc). With his golden sound and bullet-proof technique (very uncommon for a violist at this time in the history of the viola!), he got the attention of very influential composers, who dedicated masterpieces for him: Britten, Bartok, Bloch, Nino Rota, to name a few.

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Who Tells Your Story
Schubert and Schumann, contrast and contradiction 


This programme is an immersive exploration of the lives and loves of two extraordinary composers, Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. This show engages its audience on multiple levels ­­ through words, through songs, and through music ­­ and is a fantastic way to introduce, or re­introduce, these two great composers to a variety of audiences.





“[…] these charming miniatures benefit from Thibeault’s plangent tone and expressive phrasing.” 

—  Carlos Maria Solare

December 2019




“This beautiful tribute to women finally allows us to savour Marina Thibeault's dense and generous sound and her precise, steady, and majestic diction, all while weaving a sensitive dialogue with her Canadian compatriot Marie-Eve Scarfone.” 

—  Septembre 2020




“Thibeault plays with a pure tone and a smooth melodic line […]” 

—  Terry Robbins,

May 2019


Trio Saint-Laurent


Three of Canada’s most acclaimed chamber musicians, clarinetist Jean-Francois Normand, violist Marina Thibeault and pianist Philip Chiu, gather in this unique and compelling formation: Trio Saint-Laurent.

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This concert, a collaboration between Marina Thibeault and the Duo Airs, puts the notion of folklore at the center of the musical inspirations of yesterday's and today's composers. Misceo evokes by its etymological definition mixture, disorder and union, reflected artistically by the choice of works that present the performers in a variable geometry formula where the trio is sometimes reunited or deconstructed into duets..

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