Dominique Beauséjour-Ostiguy with Jean-Michel Dubé, piano | January 28, 2024 | House Program

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cellist and composer, <strong>with</strong><br />

JEAN-MICHEL DUBÉ, pianist<br />


JANUARY <strong>28</strong>, <strong>2024</strong>, AT 2:30 PM<br />


DOMINIQUE BEAUSÉJOUR-OSTIGUY, cellist and composer,<br />

<strong>with</strong> JEAN-MICHEL DUBÉ, pianist<br />

JANUARY <strong>28</strong>, <strong>2024</strong>, AT 2:30 PM




OSTIGUY, cellist and composer,<br />

<strong>with</strong> JEAN-MICHEL DUBÉ, pianist<br />

JANUARY <strong>28</strong>, <strong>2024</strong>, AT 2:30 PM<br />


This concert has no intermission.<br />

RACHMANINOFF Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14<br />

FAURE Elegie, Op. 24<br />


Grand Tango<br />


Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in G Minor<br />

Allegro moderato<br />

Elegie<br />

Andante – Allegro<br />


Do Mi Si La Do Ré<br />




The performers have titled today’s concert,<br />

“Of Two Hemispheres,” to indicate their intent to<br />

immerse the audience in the passionate lyricism<br />

of post-Romantic composers, Rachmaninoff and<br />

Fauré, before heading to Argentina for Piazzolla’s<br />

tango-inspired music. They end in Canada <strong>with</strong><br />

<strong>Dominique</strong>’s own compositions inspired by<br />

both hemispheres.<br />

As the title suggests, the Vocalise of Sergei<br />

Rachmaninov (1873-1943) was originally written<br />

for textless solo voice <strong>with</strong> <strong>piano</strong> accompaniment.<br />

This piece gained immediate popularity <strong>with</strong><br />

many transcriptions appearing over the years<br />

for different solo instruments and <strong>piano</strong>.<br />

Rachmaninoff even made two arrangements<br />

himself, one for soprano and orchestra and<br />

another for orchestra alone.<br />

Gabrielle Fauré (1845-1924) was a French<br />

composer whose life straddled the Romantic<br />

period and early 20th-century explorations into<br />

different compositional approaches. He began his<br />

career <strong>with</strong> his compositions often being labelled<br />

too progressive, while later, as the director of the<br />

Paris Conservatoire, his tastes were viewed as<br />

being too conservative. Many of his compositions<br />

have become mainstays of the concert hall,<br />

including this Elegie, which was originally<br />

written for solo cello and orchestra.<br />

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) was born in Argentina<br />

to Italian immigrant parents who moved to New<br />

York when Astor was four. Growing up listening<br />

to his parents’ records, Astor was immersed in<br />

the many approaches to the tango. At the age of<br />

eight, this interest was further supported by his<br />

father’s gift of a bandoneon (an accordion-like<br />

instrument integral to Argentinian music). Astor<br />

returned to Argentina <strong>with</strong> his family in 1936 and<br />

moved by himself to Buenos Aires at the age of 17<br />

to begin playing in tango orchestras and writing<br />

his own music. Eventually studying composition<br />

<strong>with</strong> the great Argentinian composer Alberto<br />

Ginastera, Piazzolla would go on to incorporate<br />

more modernistic tendencies into the tango. His<br />

highly virtuosic Grand Tango was composed in<br />

1982 and dedicated to the world-famous cellist,<br />

Mstislav Rostropovich. Upon receiving this<br />

unsolicited score, it took Rostropovich some time<br />

to learn more about the composer and his music,<br />

but to his credit, Rostropovich premiered this<br />

highly demanding piece in 1990.<br />

It is always a privilege to hear a composer/<br />

soloist perform their own music, and the threemovement<br />

sonata by <strong>Dominique</strong> <strong>Beauséjour</strong>-<br />

<strong>Ostiguy</strong> (b.1994) is certainly the most significant<br />

work on this program. A neo-Romantic work,<br />

it makes use of the rich <strong>piano</strong> figuration that<br />

encourages the cello to soar to wonderful<br />

melodic heights. The central movement, Elegie,<br />

is notable for the very stark C-minor theme that<br />

is initially presented by the solo cello, and then<br />

in the six variations that follow, gains significant<br />

emotional and virtuosic depth.<br />

Do Mi Si La Do Ré (the note names: C-E-B-A-<br />

C-D) is a rhapsodically compact piece that places<br />

these notes in sharp profile while the texture,<br />

mood and harmonizations constantly cast the<br />

notes in different hues. Voltige (French for<br />

“Acrobatics”) utilizes significant syncopation and<br />

shifting meters, building to a powerful ending.<br />

The <strong>piano</strong>, for the most part, maintains a constant<br />

sixteenth-note pulse while the cello presents<br />

longer melodic lines, but towards the end,<br />

the cello takes over and participates in the<br />

sixteenth-note patterns.<br />

©<strong>2024</strong> by John Burge for the Isabel<br />



A two-time winner in the Canadian Music<br />

Canadian Music Competition, a semi-finalist<br />

of the 2020 Bader & Overton Canadian Cello<br />

Competition, and a recipient of the 2018 Prix<br />

d’Europe, the 2021 Choquette-Symcox Award,<br />

and the 2017 Peter Mendell Award, cellist<br />

<strong>Dominique</strong> <strong>Beauséjour</strong>-<strong>Ostiguy</strong> also ranked<br />

among CBC Music’s “30 hot Canadian classical<br />

musicians under 30” in 2018. A sought-after<br />

chamber player, he founded the Trio de l’Île and<br />

the Andara Quartet, and in 2018, became

a member of the Trio Hochelaga. He also<br />

frequently performs <strong>with</strong> various Quebec<br />

orchestras. Also a composer, in 2020 <strong>Dominique</strong><br />

was awarded 3rd Prize in the Do Mi Si La Do Ré<br />

(Home Sweet Home) composition competition<br />

hosted by the Jeunesses Musicales Canada<br />

Foundation. He is a founding member of the<br />

duo BOA expérience, an instrumental music<br />

project <strong>with</strong> cinematic elements.<br />

His album Aux deux hémisphères, in duo<br />

formation <strong>with</strong> pianist <strong>Jean</strong>-<strong>Michel</strong> <strong>Dubé</strong>,<br />

features the complete cycle of his own works<br />

for cello and <strong>piano</strong>. The album was released<br />

on the Espace 21 label in February 2023 and<br />

received many rave reviews.<br />

<strong>Dominique</strong> holds a master’s degree in<br />

performance from the Faculty of Music of<br />

the University of Montreal, which he obtained<br />

<strong>with</strong> distinction, under the tutelage of Yegor<br />

Dyachkov. He obtained his baccalaureate <strong>with</strong><br />

distinction at the Montreal Conservatory of Music<br />

<strong>with</strong> Carole Sirois and Denis Brott. During his<br />

training, he followed advanced training courses<br />

and master classes, notably <strong>with</strong> Mischa Maisky,<br />

Alisa Weilerstein, <strong>Jean</strong>-Guihen Queyras, Hans<br />

Jorgen Jensen, Raphaël Wallfisch, Philippe<br />

Muller and Richard Aaron.<br />

francophonie, the Orchestre des Jeunes de<br />

Montréal, the Orchestre du Concours de musique<br />

du Canada and the Orchestre Philharmonia<br />

Mundi de Montreal. He has performed under<br />

the orchestra conductors Dina Gilbert,<br />

Julien Proulx, Mathieu Lussier, Daniel Missyk,<br />

Louis Lavigueur, Uri Mayer, <strong>Jean</strong>-Pascal Hamelin<br />

et Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse.<br />

Passionate about chamber music, <strong>Jean</strong>-<strong>Michel</strong><br />

<strong>Dubé</strong> recorded André Mathieu’s chamber music<br />

<strong>with</strong> the chamber musicians of Les Violons du<br />

Roy. The album, published under Espace XXl<br />

label, was a finalist for the Prix Opus 2021 of<br />

the Conseil québécois de la musique. He also<br />

recorded an album of French classical music<br />

for <strong>piano</strong> four-hands <strong>with</strong> pianist Rosemarie<br />

Duval-Laplante. <strong>Jean</strong>-<strong>Michel</strong> <strong>Dubé</strong> was “Artist<br />

in Residence” of the Orchestre symphonique<br />

de Drummondville for the 2021-2022 season. ●<br />

NEXT<br />

MONTH!<br />


<strong>Jean</strong>-<strong>Michel</strong> <strong>Dubé</strong> is emerging as one of the<br />

most promising Canadian pianists in the country<br />

according to CBC / Radio-Canada. His innate<br />

musical flair and dazzling technique have earned<br />

him much praise both in Canada and abroad.<br />

Laureate at the German Piano Open, First Prize<br />

winner of the Canadian Music Competition’s<br />

Stepping Stone, Laureate of the Prix d’Europe,<br />

Finalist at the Paris International Music Festival<br />

and at the Piana Del Cavaliere Competition in<br />

Italy, <strong>Jean</strong>-<strong>Michel</strong> <strong>Dubé</strong> pursues a brilliant career.<br />

He has recorded live on Ici-Musique, Radio<br />

classique and on France Musique for live concerts.<br />

As a concert performer he has collaborated<br />

<strong>with</strong> the Orchestre symphonique de l’Estuaire,<br />

the Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville,<br />

Les Violons du Roy, the Orchestre de la<br />

Esme Quartet <strong>with</strong><br />

Yekwon Sunwoo<br />


Tuesday, Feb 20, <strong>2024</strong>, 7:30 pm<br />

The award-winning Esmé Quartet—has<br />

taken concert halls by storm. Discover why,<br />

as the members explore the richness of<br />

the European chamber tradition alongside<br />

Gold medalist of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn<br />

International Piano Competition, pianist<br />

Yekwon Sunwoo, in a program featuring<br />

Haydn, Mendelssohn, Debussy, and Brahms’s<br />

celebrated Piano Quintet in F minor.<br />

General Public $45+ / Faculty/Staff $41+ / Students $10+<br />

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