"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Music from the 45th Parallel North at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival: Profile of musician Michel Angers

The Elizabeth Bishop Festival on 8 August 2015 concludes with an exciting concert featuring four world-class artists: singer Suzie LeBlanc, and musicians David Greenberg, Nick Halley and Kiya Tabassian. – and  surprise guest Michel Angers! Suzie has created a brand new program which is being shared first with Nova Scotia audiences. The EBSNS is partnering with Musique Royale (http://www.musiqueroyale.com/events.html), which is presenting this exciting concert in three other venues across the province. This post is a profile of Michel Angers.

Michel Angers completed a Master in interpretation of Baroque guitar. Twice scholarship holder at the Fondazione Marco Fodella, he perfected himself in early music under the direction of Paul Beier, at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica di Milano, in Milan.
Priced with honors unanimously by the Quebec Conservatory of Music with Paul-André Gagnon as a teacher, Michel Angers received grants from many cultural organizations including the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Academy of Music of the Domaine Forget, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute and winner of the Suzanne Hamel-Michaud scholarship in 2005. In 2006, he recorded for the program “Jeunes Artistes-Espace musique” at Radio-Canada.

Winner of the national final of the Canadian Music Competition in 2005, Michel Angers is very active on the international music scene. In addition to his many musical projects including Consort Baroque Laurentia with the talented soprano Peggy Bélanger, he played with Ensemble Constantinople, Les idées heureuses, Les Violons du Roy, Da Sonar, Ensemble Anonymus, Theatre of Early Music and Tafelmusik.

In 2011, Michel Angers won the prize for artistic creation for the Chaudière-Appalaches region, presented by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. He has recorded with Consort Baroque Laurentia and the soprano Peggy Bélanger for the prestigious Italian label Stradivarius Amanti, io vi sò dire (2011) and Passioni, Vizi & Virtù (2014).

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