MICHEL & MARC
MICHEL & MARC 🍁 RECITALS in 2024 AND 2025
Born in Montréal, internationally renowned flutist Michel Bellavance is in great demand throughout the world as a performer and teacher.
With engagements on almost every continent — New York, Tokyo, Melbourne, São Paulo, Madrid, Hong Kong, Lisbon, Edinburgh, Buenos Aires, Lyon, etc. — he is frequently invited to perform at festivals, as a soloist with orchestra, and to give recitals and masterclasses at leading conservatoires, universities, and academies.
Michel plays a wide range of repertoire, and his discography bears witness to his keen interest in both new and lesser-known works.
He teaches flute and chamber music at university level at the prestigious Geneva Conservatoire (Haute École de Musique) in Switzerland. Students in his class often win prizes in European and international competitions, and go on to secure positions in professional orchestras.
On Romance, we are carried along by the generous and highly charming melodic lines of Schumann, Schubert, Jadassohn, and Reinecke. First of all, we hear a performer who is careful to leave a delicate but lasting impression on our minds. Emotion is fully underlined, but without overstating. Michel Bellavance builds his Romantic universe as if to assert that Romanticism can also be subtly elegant. The Swiss-Canadian’s flute is like silk for the ears. Bellavance is a profoundly refined musician, and above all, one who is endlessly enjoyable to listen to.Frédéric Cardin – ICI Musique, Radio-Canada
Marc Bourdeau is a Montréal-born pianist and chamber musician. He has performed in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East, playing in such renowned venues and festivals as the Concertgebouw, Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), the Musikverein, the Festival de Lanaudière, and the Ravinia Festival.
His discography comprises a dozen albums, including Montréal Musica, a significant project consisting of an album and 8 short films or music videos.
Marc regularly performs works by Canadian composers, among which the première, with Michel Bellavance, of Rachel Laurin’s Sonata for Flute and Piano.
He has held university teaching positions in Canada and Switzerland, and has given master classes at leading institutions including the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music (London), and the Manhattan School of Music.
Highlights include Champagne’s delicate and nostalgic Prélude “à mes filles”, composed during the Second World War, Hamelin’s colourful Music Box, Peterson’s touching Love Ballade, and six excerpts from Rea’s interesting Las Meninas cycle (…) Marc Bourdeau delivers a meticulous interpretation (…)Emmanuel Bernier – La Presse, Montréal
Our repertoire of works for flute and piano covers a wide range of styles, from the Baroque era to 21st century pieces.
If you wish, we could each also play a solo piece, such as a Baroque piece for flute, and a lyrical Canadian piece (post-Romantic or jazz) for piano.
Since Michel lives in Europe and will have to cross the Atlantic to come and perform in his native country, our goal is to do a tour of a few recitals in one or the other of the following 4 periods :
- Two last weeks of July 2024 (summer festivals)
- Two first weeks of November 2024
- Two first weeks of May 2025
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Marc by email : marc[at]marcbourdeau.com
Listen to Salomon Jadassohn’s Nocturne, a lyrical piece from the Romance album.
Listen to the 2nd movement (Presto) of Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata op. 94, an energetic piece from the Tales of the East album.