Les Méandres (est. 2016)
Les Méandres is an up and coming ensemble made up of five young musicians specializing in Baroque repertoire. Founded by harpsichordist Justin Luchinski and recorder players Jérémie de Pierre and Élyse Lamanque Girard, the Montréal-based ensemble mainly explores French music of the 17th and 18th centuries, while allowing for excursions to Italy and Germany. Driven by a passion for art and nature, Les Méandres aspires to explore the stories contained in music and pastoral songs in order to deliver them to the public with a personal touch.
Naturally endowed with a love for the arts, a dramatic sensibility, and a taste for the baroque aesthetic, Jérémie de Pierre is fiercely devoted to discovering repertoire, both popular and forgotten, of the XVIth, XVIIth, and XVIIIthcenturies. Beyond his role as artistic director of Les Méandres, Jérémie has performed with Ensemble Caprice, La Compagnie Baroque du Mont-Royal, at the Boston Early Music Festival, with the McGill Baroque Orchestra, the studio of UdeM, and at the Montréal Baroque Festival. A passionate researcher, Jérémie edits and transcribes numerous parts from the repertoire, always striving to bring honour to his instrument: the recorder.
After over a decade of playing drums and bass guitar in pubs, recording studios, or on festival stages like NXNE, The Calgary Stampede, and SXSW, Justin Luchinski’s passion and focus took a sharp turn towards repertoire of the Renaissance and Baroque periods after learning about the art of playing continuo, and discovering recordings of music by Girolamo Frescobaldi and Johann Sebastian Bach performed on period instruments. Leaving his hometown of Calgary, AB in 2014, Justin began studying historical performance on harpsichord under the guidance of Hank Knox at McGill University, with whom he is currently working to complete an Early Music M.Mus degree. Justin has also received tutoring from Charlotte Nediger of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Olivier Fortin of Ensemble Masques, Mark Edwards, and Luca Guglielmi.
After a year in Belgium working with Frédéric de Roos at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Élyse is back in Montreal with a balanced and current approach to recorder playing. Always searching for new ways to present old and contemporary repertoire with thoughtful interpretations, Élyse shines on stage with her energetic personality.
Élyse has recently had opportunities to perform at musical events of all kinds, including the Montreal Baroque Festival and the Barock Festival in Sittard, Netherlands. She has also collaborated on various occasions with the Compagnie Baroque Mont-Royal, Collegium Musicum Ensemble of Brussels and Ensemble Caprice, amongst others.
Sarah Douglass performs as a baroque violinist with Rosa Barocca orchestra in Calgary, Alberta and with Erathos ensemble in Montreal, Quebec. She has also performed with Musa Baroque, Black Box Baroque and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. As an arts educator, Sarah has collaborated on educational music programs at the San Francisco Conservatory, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the Calgary Pro Musica Society. She is also pursuing a research project about the historical performance practices of Scottish fiddling, supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Currently, Sarah studies baroque violin with Olivier Brault at McGill University. She has studied baroque violin with Elizabeth Blumenstock and modern violin with Ian Swensen, and has performed concerti of Vivaldi, Tartini and Bach with the San Francisco Conservatory baroque ensemble. She has also studied with Sigiswald Kuijken, Marc Destrube and Robert Mealy.
Originally from Nova Scotia, Tristan Bestmoved to Montreal in 2016 to study at McGill University under the tutelage of Betsy MacMillan and is currently in the process of completing an undergraduate degree in Viola da Gamba Performance. Recently, Tristan has performed in the Montreal Baroque Festival, in Oasis Musicale, and with McGill’s Cappella Antica. Over the past few years, Tristan has also independently studied with Susie Napper, Paolo Pandolfo, and Erin Headly.