Marina Thibeault

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Biography

Celebrated for her "deep rich sound, exceptional virtuosity, and enthusiasm," violist Marina Thibeault travels the world as a sought-after soloist. 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 made her solo debut with numerous orchestras this past season, including with Yannick Nézet-Séguin's Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal. In 2019, she performed the north-american premiere of Peteris Vasks's concerto with the Sinfonia Toronto. Future concert dates will bring Marina to Los Angeles, Cleveland, Seoul, Eastern Europe, and Costa Rica.

In spring of 2017 Marina's first solo album, Toquade, was released to critical acclaim. Her next album, Elles, features all women composers, performers, and production team, and was released on International Women's day in March 2019 on the ATMA label.

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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.

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.

Reviews

APPLEGATE

 

“Ms. Thibeault knows what she is about and takes perfect advantage of the inherent sound of the instrument to accentuate the musical possibilities suggested and prescribed by the composers on the program..” 

—  May 2019

BARCZABLOG

 

“I’m glad I listened to it the first time without recourse to the notes, as its playfulness is unmistakable. The rhetorical segmentation reminds me of a one-woman show, an attempt to do a soliloquy without words. It helps that Thibeault is so decisive, sometimes attacking powerfully, sometimes more gently.” 

—  Leslie Barcza,

March 2019

SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE

 

“Thibeault’s playing spanned a wide emotional range through rapidly changing lines of dissonance. Her playing was rich and warm, even at moments of cacophony.” 

—  Ben Kutner,

March 2019

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