An introduction from new Music Director, Jonathan Cohen
“Ultimately, when I think about how I came to adopt Quebec as a home base, it’s like a story of love at first sight—a kind of deep, mutual artistic understanding. And so I get to look forward to spending years with these simply amazing musicians, people with whom that never-ending search for beauty and musical meaning happens so naturally and respectfully—it’s just such a pleasure. So as you can see I’m really thrilled to join this already fabulous adventure of Les Violons du Roy and to be asked to contribute my own artistic vision.
I’m grateful to the orchestra musicians, management, and board, who put their trust in me and chose me to join them in this new chapter in the story. In particular I salute Bernard Labadie, who founded and raised this absolute treasure of music with the enviable position it’s carved out over the years on the international scene. I also salute all Maestro Labadie’s musical partners—all the permanent musicians, the members of La Chapelle de Québec, the orchestra’s close collaborators Mathieu Lussier and Anthony Marwood, as well as all the guest artists who’ve believed in Les Violons du Roy and added to its reputation.
And so I invite you on behalf of the musicians of the orchestra and choir to join us for a bold and brilliant season. At Maison symphonique de Montréal, La Chapelle de Québec takes the stage for three fantastic programs—the “Coronation” and “Nelson” masses of Mozart and Haydn, Bach’s B-Minor Mass, and Haydn’s Creation. At Bourgie Hall in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, some artists particularly close to my heart will perform with the orchestra for the first time, such as mandolin soloist Avi Avital and cellist Nicolas Altstaedt. Many special friends of Les Violons du Roy, like Lydia Teuscher and Anthony Marwood, will be back to join the party, which we’re really looking forward to. We’ll continue exploring works by the many lesser-known creators who’ve brought to us a great variety of inspiring sound worlds, while never forgetting that such timeless masters as Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Vivaldi constitute the backbone of our repertoire.
A thirty-fifth season for Les Violons du Roy, a first season for me. Could there be any better time to join us?