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.
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.
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.
Who Tells Your Story : Schubert and Schumann, contrast and contradiction 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
“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,
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.