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Artists Brigitte Poulin

Brigitte Poulin is an active and accomplished soloist, chamber musician and vocal accompanist. Her list of repertoire is extensive and covers all periods, from the invention to the deconstruction of the piano. She studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien (Vienna Academy), at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, and obtained a doctorate specialized in the interpretation of contemporary piano literature from the Université de Montréal. She has commissioned and premiered more than 30 works for solo piano and different chamber ensembles. Brigitte Poulin presently lives in Montréal.

Brigitte Poulin was a founding member of Trio Phoenix (for flutes, cello and piano), an ensemble entirely dedicated to new music. As well, for ten years she taught piano and musicology at Bishop’s University.

Brigitte Poulin has performed for numerous Contemporary Music Festivals in Europe, Canada and the USA (among others: the Montréal’ International MNM and MusiMarch festivals, June in Buffalo, Brussels’ Ars Musica, the Edmonton New Music Festival, the York Late Music Festival, and the Brighton’ Adur Arts Live). She has also given piano masterclasses and chamber music workshops in Canadian and American Universities.

During the past few years, we have heard Brigitte Poulin perform with clarinettist Lori Freedman, percussionist D’Arcy Philip Gray, flutists Guy Pelletier and Patrick Healy, violinist Silvia Mandolini, pianists Laurent Philippe, Sara Laimon and Morritz Eggert, soprano Ingrid Schmithüsen and members of the Quatuor Bozzini string quartet. She has also contributed in the artistic seasons of the Montréal ensembles SMCQ, ECM+ and Bradyworks as well as for the Toronto Ensemble Continuum. She has recorded CDs for Centredisques (solo work by R Murray Schafer), SNE (with violist Laura Wilcox), Fonovox (Langlais songs with soprano Louise Marcotte) and Amberola (solo works by Erik Satie). Her concerts and recitals are often broadcast by the SRC/CBC Radio.

In 2007-08, she will record 3 CDs — one of which will be entirely dedicated to new Canadian works for solo piano — as well as start a new sextet, Transmission.

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Brigitte Poulin

Residence: Montréal (Québec)

  • Performer (piano)

Associated groups

On the web

Brigitte Poulin
  • Bradyworks at FIMAV 2008 [Photo: Martin Morissette, Victoriaville (Québec), May 16, 2008]
  • Brigitte Poulin [2007]
  • Brigitte Poulin [2007]
  • Ensemble Transmission, Lori Freedman, Guy Pelletier, Brigitte Poulin, Julie Trudeau, Alain Giguère, Julien Grégoire
  • Ensemble Transmission, Lori Freedman, Guy Pelletier, Brigitte Poulin, Julie Trudeau, Alain Giguère, Julien Grégoire

Main releases

Collection QB / CQB 0805 / 2008

Appearances

Atma Classique / ACD 22676 / 2013

Complements

Naxos / NAXOS 8573304 / 2016
  • Not in catalogue
Centrediscs / CMCCDDVD 12006 / 2006
  • Not in catalogue

In the press

Ingrid Schmithüsen

Claude Gingras, La Presse, October 30, 2006

Thursday evening, at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, soprano Ingrid Schmithüsen and pianist Brigitte Poulin gave us an entrancing Schubert and Schoenberg ‘Liederabend’. From Schubert: eleven little known settings of Friedrich Schlegel’s naturalist cycle Abendröte (Twilight). From Schoenberg the cycle Das Buch der hängenden Gärten (The Book Of The Hanging Gardens) based on poems by Stefan Georg. The frail Ingrid Schmithüsen’s voice and vulnerability served, both, the simplicity of Schubert and the anxiety of Schoenberg. Singing everything from memory, this great artist expressed each word, each note, with sensitivity and intelligence. The piano “breathed” along with her. We were spellbound. Such musicianship is a welcomed change from a “music business” congested with mediocrities who are ten times more famous but don’t have half the talent of these two.

Such musicianship is a welcomed change from a “music business” congested with mediocrities who are ten times more famous but don’t have half the talent of these two.

Two Piano Sounds for Shostakovich [excerpt]

Claude Gingras, La Presse, September 15, 2006

The very demanding presentation of this Friday was also calling for feminin courage. As soon as Brigitte Poulin touched the keys, the colours were transformed, and miraculously, the piano stopped sounding out of tune. Poulin remains the heroine of the evening.

Poulin remains the heroine of the evening.

OUM in Quantity and Quality [excerpt]

Claude Gingras, La Presse, October 12, 2004

The entire program was composed of only one piece: the Quatuor pour la fin du Temps for violin, violoncello, clarinet and piano that Messiaen wrote during the war years 1939-1945 in a concentration camp. A very strong pianist and strong musician, Brigitte Poulin provided the continuity and the atmosphere of the six movements with piano.

A very strong pianist and strong musician, Brigitte Poulin provided the continuity and the atmosphere of the six movements with piano.

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