Friday November 24, 2017
St. Stephen's Anglican Church (1121 14th Ave SW)
Described as “a supremely refined, elegant, cerebral musician” (Ottawa Citizen), Sylvain Bergeron is a master of the lute and plucked strings family of instruments including theorbo, archlute and baroque guitar. He is in high demand on the North American music scene as a soloist and continuo player. Wholenote Magazine declared, “Sylvain Bergeron is a brilliant musician who weaves an unforgettable aural tapestry.” Bergeron is the co-founder and co- artistic director of La Nef and has been at the helm of many of the Montréal-based ensemble’s award-winning presentations, including Joan the Mad, Perceval, and Montségur.
A native of Québec, Bergeron began his lute studies with several years of self-directed, in-depth study, followed by a series of seminars offered by the Lute Society of America where he was mentored by, among others, Paul O’Dette, Eugène Dombois, Nigel North, and Jakob Lindberg. As a member of Ensemble Anonymus from 1980 to 1990, Bergeron was among Canada’s early music pioneers and helped establish the lute as a viable instrument at the highest professional level. His work has reaffirmed the importance of plucked instruments and has helped to validate their place within baroque ensembles and orchestras in Canada.
Sylvain Bergeron gives almost 100 concerts each season, playing with such high profile companies and ensembles as Les Violons du Roy, the Canadian Opera Company, and Apollo’s Fire. He has also played with such internationally renowned early music icons as Dame Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, and Jordi Savall, as well as Canadian stars including Karina Gauvin, Suzie LeBlanc, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, and Daniel Taylor.
Bergeron has made several tours across all five continents and has played in the most prestigious halls in the world including Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, and Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. His discography includes more than 70 recordings, many of which have earned awards and awards. Bergeron’s first solo album The Balcarres Lute Book was released on ATMA Classique in 2008 and was widely acclaimed for “solid lute technique combined with an uncanny musical intellect and impeccable phrasing” (Wholenote Magazine), while Goldberg Magazine described Bergeron’s playing as “rhythmically vital yet full of dedicacy and nuance.” His most recent solo record, Gioseppe Antonio Doni's Lute Book, published by ATMA Classique in 2015, was widely praised for its "solid lute technique combined with outstanding musical intelligence and impeccable phrasing" (The WholeNote ).
Sylvain Bergeron teaches lute, baroque guitar, theorbo and continuo at McGill University and the University of Montréal. He has given numerous lectures, workshops, and master classes, and has participated on several music competition juries. As a specialist in early plucked instruments, he is often consulted for various recording and publishing projects.