Jean-Pierre Couturier (McGill BMus, LMus, GSM BTh), baritone, maintains a career that balances his priestly duties with his musical pursuits. A complete musician, Couturier’s accomplishments encompass solo and choir singing, composition, conducting, and arts management.
Couturier begins his soloist career as cantor at Mary Queen of the World Catholic Cathedral of Montreal. He has premiered works by Claude Vivier, Denis Caron, Alfredo Casella and Alexandra Fol among others. He has appeared with the St-Lawrence Choir, the Choeur polyphonique de Montréal, and in the role of Ruggiero in the Vivaldi production of CBC Television. As ensemble singer, he has performed with The Tudor Singers of Montreal, the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, the Choeur A Cappella de Radio-Canada, the Opéra de Montréal and the National Arts Center among others.
Couturier’s liturgical compositions appear in the collection Psaumes et Acclamations. Composed in 1986, his Passion according to Saint John was used for the Holy Liturgy at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, from its creation until 1990. In the year 2000, the Passion was released on a CD by Disques benedictus, together with other works. It was broadcast on Good Friday 1990 by the French television network of Radio-Canada.
Couturier directed and conducted Les Petits Chanteurs de la Cathédrale and taught music to the seminarians at the Catholic Seminary of Montréal. He is former business manager of the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal. Current member of the board and former president of LAUDEM, the Association of Liturgical Musicians of Canada, Couturier resides in Montréal, Canada, where he serves as chief pastor of Missione Maria Ausiliatrice.
The music of Alexandra Fol (McGill DMus, Princeton CTh) has been performed by ensembles such as the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Symphony Orchestra, the McGill Symphony, the orkest de ereprijs, the Orchestre de la Francophonie, the New Score Chamber Orchestra, the Trinity Wall Street Choir, the CYE ensemble, thingNY ensemble, the Molinari Quartet, Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, among others. Her commissioners include the Québec Council of Arts and Lettres, Newman Centre of McGill University, ELGEA Inc, Gutenberg Publishing House and others.
Fol is finalist for the 2006 Gaudeamus Prize, winner of the 2007 Leonard Bernstein Tanglewood fellowship, and laureat of the 2015-2016 Molinari International String Quartet Competition. She has commissioned and premiered a number of contemporary organ works by D. Pesca, a. lanza, T. Tidrow, L. Iogansen and S. Perkins among others.
Fol serves on the administrative boards of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, LAUDEM, the Association of Liturgical Musicians of Canada, and of the International Research and Information Centre Thracica. She resides in Montréal, Canada, where she works as composer, organist, pianist and conductor.
Flutist Jeffrey Stonehouse (McGill MM, CMM AD) is Artistic Director of Ensemble Paramirabo, a new music ensemble with which he has performed across Canada and the USA, co-founder of projet iso and Altra Voce. A prize-winner of the TD Young Artist Competition and the soundSCAPE International New Music Festival, he has appeared as a soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and l’Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal.
As an orchestral freelancer, Stonehouse regularly performs with the Sherbrooke, Laval, Trois-Rivieres and Drummondville Symphony Orchestras. He has recorded film soundtracks for Louis Cyr and Hot Dog and can be heard on recordings on the Naxos, CentreDisc and Red Shift Records labels. A passionate pedagogue, Stonehouse operates a private home studio and conducts the Orchestre Symphonique du Conservatoire de la Montérégie.
Viviana Gosselin (CMM BMus, AD), cellist, studied with Denis Brott and Carole Sirois, and is member of Ensemble Paramirabo since 2010. She was member of the National Youth orchestra of Canada, the all-female klezmer group Di Heyse Yiddenes, and intern at the National Arts Centre orchestra. Gosselin has premiered a number of contemporary compositions, notably Hermione et le Temps by Denis Gougeon and Normand Chaurette, and La quai des noyés by Marie-Pierre Brasset and Nicholas Lemieux.
Nina Zlateva completes her Masters degree at the Academy of Fine Arts – Sofia in 1989 with a a major in conservation and restoration. She is members of the Union of Bulgarian Artists and of ICOMOS (UNESCO) and works as a painter. Zlateva has multiple participations and solo exhibitions in Bulgaria, France, Switzerland, South Korea, the Netherlands, Germany, FYRO Macedonia, Hungary, etc. Her works can be found in collections in Bulgaria, Greece, FYRO Macedonia, Hungary, Poland, Germany, France, Great Britain, Norway, Japan, USA, Denmark, Russia. For more information, please visit www.art-gallery.nwebi.net
Iliya Borisov graduates with a Masters degree from the National Academy of Art – Sofia, Bulgaria, with a specialty in conservation and restoration. He is a member of the following professional associations: ICOMOS (UNESCO), the Union of Bulgarian Artists and the Association of conservators and restorers in Bulgaria. Borisov’s paintings have been exhibited in Bulgaria, France, South Korea, Great Britain, France, USA, Japan, and the Netherlands. He participated in the international artistic project “2000 Reasons to Love the World” in the Netherlands. For more information, please, visit www.art-gallery.nwebi.net