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Renée-Paule Gauthier - Violinist

An accomplished chamber musician, solo artist, teacher, and orchestra leader, the Canadian violinist Renée-Paule Gauthier was mentioned as one of the "best upcoming violinist of the new generation" in Violin Virtuosos, from Paganini to the 21st Century, a book written by the American author Henry Roth.

Ms Gauthier currently resides in the Chicago area with her husband and two children.  She joined the faculties of North Park University and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2013 as Violin Instructor and Chamber Music Coach.  She is a member of the Illinois Philharmonic and Chicago Philharmonic orchestras, is Principal Second Violin with the Northwest Indiana Symphony, and is an active member of the Chicago area chamber music scene. 

Following her preparatory studies at the Quebec Conservatory in Chicoutimi, Ms Gauthier obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Montreal where she studied with Jean-François Rivest, and a Master of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Zvi Zeitlin.  She then pursued her studies at the Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford, studying privately with Eugene Drucker, Brian Lewis, and Philip Setzer, and completing an exclusive two-year residency under the guidance of the prestigious Emerson String Quartet as violinist with the Diabelli String Quartet.  Finalist at the Banff International String Quartet Competition 2001, the Diabelli Quartet recorded on the Zephyr and Ongaku labels and was the resident string quartet at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, and at the International Clarinet Connection in Boston, MA, from 2000 to 2003.

Ms Gauthier had the opportunity to study with masters such as Victor Pikaisen, Pierre Amoyal, Sally Thomas, William Preucil, Jaime Laredo, and Christian Tetzlaff during the summer sessions of the Domaine Forget, Meadowmount School of Music, Music Academy of the West, and at the reputed New York String Seminar.  She also studied chamber music performance with members of the renowned Cleveland, Orion, Ying, and Orford Quartets.

Following her studies, Ms Gauthier moved to Miami, FL, in 2002 and joined the New World Symphony where she played Concertmaster and performed frequently as chamber musician.  She also held the position of Concertmaster of the Orchestre de la Francophonie during the summers of 2002 and 2003.  She performed in the first violin section of the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, from 2004 to 2009 and joined the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as Acting Assistant Concertmaster in September 2009.

She has won awards in several competitions, including the Canadian Music Competition, the Canadian Music Festival, and the Montréal Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, and she has performed as a soloist with several orchestras throughout her native Québec.  In September 2009 she was awarded the exclusive three-year loan of the Taft Stradivari violin through the Canada Council for the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank Competition.

A sought-after chamber player, she has collaborated with Marc-André Hamelin, Jeffrey Kahane, Ursula Oppens, David Jalbert, Denise Djokic, Yuval Gotlibovich, Jethro Marks, John Bruce Yeh, Ricardo Morales, Luis Rossi, and Philippe Cuper, among others, and has performed extensively for premiere chamber music series and festivals around Canada and the United States. 

Throughout the years Ms Gauthier developed a real interest and passion for arts management. In addition to being on the artistic programming team for the 2007 edition of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival (featuring 120 concerts that took place over 2 weeks) she was really involved in the creation and planning of different musical activities for the Ottawa Chamber Music Society.  She is the Founding Artistic Director of the Rendez-vous musical de Laterrière, a chamber music festival in the province of Québec which she managed from 2007 to 2015.

 

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Renée-Paule Gauthier - Violoniste

La violoniste québécoise Renée-Paule Gauthier est citée comme l’une des étoiles montantes de la nouvelle génération de violonistes dans l’ouvrage de l'auteur américain Henry Roth Violin Virtuosos, from Paganini to the 21st Century.

Elle est récipiendaire de nombreux prix dont, entre autres, ceux du Concours de Musique du Canada, Festival de Musique du Canada et du Concours de l’Orchestre du Symphonique de Montréal. Elle a également obtenu les grands prix Brio et Virtuose Hydro Québec du Festival de Musique du Royaume en 1994 et 1996. Elle s’est produite en tant que soliste avec plusieurs orchestres symphoniques à travers la province de Québec. Une chambriste recherchée, elle a collaboré entre autres avec Marc-André Hamelin, Jeffrey Kahane, Ursula Oppens, David Jalbert, Denise Djokic, Yuval Gotlibovich, Jethro Marks, Ricardo Morales, Luis Rossi et Philippe Cuper.

Mme Gauthier a obtenu un Baccalauréat en Interprétation de l’Université de Montréal et une Maîtrise en Interprétation et Littérature ainsi qu’un Performer’s Certificate de la Eastman School of Music. Elle a ensuite poursuivi ses études à la Hartt School of Music de l’Université de Hartford en tant que premier violon du Quatuor Diabelli, terminant une résidence de deux ans sous la direction du renommé Quatuor Emerson. Lauréat au Banff International String Quartet Competition 2001, le Quatuor Diabelli a enregistré sous les étiquettes Zephyr et Ongaku Records et a été Quatuor en Résidence du International Clarinet Connection à Boston et du Shaw Festival en Ontario.

Mme Gauthier a étudié le violon avec Eugene Drucker, Brian Lewis, Jean-François Rivest, Phillip Setzer et Zvi Zeitlin. Elle s’est perfectionnée auprès de grands maîtres tels que Victor Pikaisen, Pierre Amoyal, Sally Thomas, William Preucil et Christian Tetzlaf lors des sessions estivales du Domaine Forget, Meadowmount School of Music, Music Academy of the West et du célèbre New York String Seminar. Elle a également eu la chance de travailler la musique de chambre avec, entre autres, les membres des réputés quatuors Cleveland, Orion, Ying et Orford.

Jusqu’à janvier 2004, Renée-Paule Gauthier a été violon solo du New World Symphony à Miami Beach en Floride. Elle a également occupé le poste de violon solo de l’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne sous la direction de Jean-Philippe Tremblay pour les saisons 2002 et 2003 et a été substitut avec le Philadelphia Orchestra. Assistant violon solo au Calgary Philharmonic pour la saison 2009-2010, elle s'est produite dans la section des premiers violon de l'Orchestre du Centre national des arts à Ottawa de 2004 à 2009.

Très active dans l'organisation d'évènements musicaux de toutes sortes, elle a fait partie du comité organisateur du Festival International de Musique de Chambre d'Ottawa, édition 2007, est est impliquée dans la production de diverses séries de concerts éducatifs à travers le pays.

Mme Gauthier se produit fréquemment comme soliste et chambriste pour différentes séries et festivals Canadiens. Elle est également la directrice Artistique du Rendez-Vous Musical de Laterrière dans la région du Saguenay. On peut l'entendre régulièrement sur les ondes de Radio-Canada et CBC.

Renée-Paule Gauthier est la bénéficiaire du prêt d’un stradivarius Taft fabriqué vers 1700 appartenant à la Banque d’instruments de musique du Conseil des Arts du Canada.

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ca. 1700 Taft Stradivari

TAFT STRADIVARIUS

CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS
CONSEIL DES ARTS DU CANADA

ALTRenée-Paule Gauthier had the wonderful opportunity to play the ca. 1700 Taft Stradivarius violin loaned by the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank from September 2009 to August 2012. She is forever grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for this wonderful experience.

Renée-Paule Gauthier a eu l'opportunité incroyable d'être la bénéficiaire du prêt du Stradivarius Taft fabriqué vers 1700 appartenant à  la Banque d'instruments de musique du Conseil des Arts du Canada de septembre 2009 à août 2012. Elle est à  jamais reconnaissante envers le Conseil des Arts du Canada pour cette expérience extraordinaire.



ca. 1700 Taft StradivariThis fine violin is a characteristic example of the early part of Antonio Stradivari's "Golden Period." It is traditionally said to have been in the possession of Albert Caressa, Paris, who passed it to Rudolf Wurlitzer in Cincinnati, Ohio. Around 1915, Mr. Wurlitzer sold the violin to Mrs. Charles Phelps Taft, one of the founders of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and wife of the Cincinnati philanthropist Charles P. Taft, brother of William Howard Taft, 37th President and 10th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Mrs. Taft presented the violin to Emil Heermann, the concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, for his use. Following the death of Mr. Taft, the violin was sold to the private collector and amateur violinist Ernest Ruder of Cincinnati in 1940, where it remained until 1987, at which point it was sold by Jacques Français to another owner. An anonymous donor purchased the instrument in May 2000 and lent it to the Canada Council in September 2003. It is valued at an estimated $4 million.