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Artists Émilie Girard-Charest

Émilie Girard-Charest is a cellist, a composer and an improviser.

As a chamber musician, a soloist and with different ensembles (Allogène, Supermusique, La Machine, Quatuor d’occasion, Stéphane Pécas, Ensemble for New Music Tallinn, duo Collard-Neven-Girard-Charest), she dedicates herself to new music.

She has worked with many composers, including Malcolm Goldstein, Michel Gonneville, Maxime McKinley, Joane Hétu, Guillaume Primard, Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Hans Zender, Graciela Paraskevaidis and Fredrik Gran.

Émilie has played at numerous festivals in Québec (Festival de musique actuelle de Victoriaville, OFF Festival de Jazz, Festival de jazz de Montréal, Festival de jazz de Québec, Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques), in the United States (Avant-Music Festival, New York), in Belgium (Ars Musica), in Austria (Klangspuren Schwaz and Impuls), in Chile (Encuentro Internacional de Compositores), in Argentina (Sonido Presente), in Estonia (Autumn Festival), in Finland (MuTe Fest), in Spain (Mixtur) and in Macedonia (Macedonian Music Days). She also played concerts in France, Germany, Russia and Uruguay.

In addition to that, she took part in various theatre and dance productions, such as Rhinocéros by Eugène Ionesco (Troupe Éponyme directed by Jocelyn Sioui), Couloir et Chambres by Philippe Minyana and La fête à Jean by Pierre-Luc Lasalle (Théâtre L’Instant, directed by André-Marie Coudou), ADN by Dennis Kelly (Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal, directed by Sylvain Bélanger), the Physical Theater Choir Project (Vicki Tansey), The Sticks (Andrew Tay) and Reine et Oiseaux (théâtre Tête au Corps, Vincent Langlois and Émilie Sigouin). She is now working on a duet with the dancer and visual artist Sarah Bronsard.

Émilie holds a degree in cello (Denis Brott) and in composition (Michel Gonneville) from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. She is now enrolled as a student in the CoPeCo program (Contemporary Performance and Composition), a joint Master involving the Eesti Muusika — ja Teatriakadeemia (Estonia), the Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm (Sweden), the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon (France) and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg (Germany). She is the recipient of the Bourse de développement de carrière from the foundation of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal (2014) and of the Prix d’Europe of Composition Fernand Lindsay (2015).

Émilie plays on a cello by Angel Alvarez Verde.

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Émilie Girard-Charest

Laval (Québec), 1987

Residence: Lyon (Rhône, France)

  • Composer
  • Performer (cello)

emiliegirardcharest@hotmail.com

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Émilie Girard-Charest, photo: Élisabeth Alice Coutu, Montréal (Québec), February 13, 2012
Émilie Girard-Charest, photo: Élisabeth Alice Coutu, Montréal (Québec), February 13, 2012
  • Left to right: Alexandre St-Onge; Bernard Falaise; Danielle Palardy Roger; Ida Toninato; Cléo Palacio-Quintin; Jean Derome; Joshua Zubot; Vergil Sharkya’; Jean René; Vergil Sharkya’; Émilie Girard-Charest; Aaron Lumley; direction: Joane Hétu, photo: Céline Côté, March 1, 2014
  • Left to right: Alexandre St-Onge; Bernard Falaise; Danielle Palardy Roger; Ida Toninato; Cléo Palacio-Quintin; Jean Derome; Joshua Zubot; Vergil Sharkya’; Jean René; Vergil Sharkya’; Émilie Girard-Charest; Aaron Lumley; direction: Scott Thomson, photo: Céline Côté, March 1, 2014
  • Ensemble SuperMusique (front, left to right:  Guido Del Fabbro; Lori Freedman; Jean Derome; Ida Toninato; Émilie Girard-Charest; Philippe Lauzier; Jean René; back: ; Nicolas Caloia; Vergil Sharkya’;  Aaron Lumley; Isaiah Ceccarelli), photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), December 7, 2013
  • Ensemble SuperMusique (front, left to right: Guido Del Fabbro; Lori Freedman; Jean Derome; Ida Toninato; Émilie Girard-Charest; Philippe Lauzier; Jean René; back: ; Nicolas Caloia; Vergil Sharkya’;  Aaron Lumley; Isaiah Ceccarelli), photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), December 7, 2013
  • Ensemble SuperMusique (Guido Del Fabbro; Jean Derome; Émilie Girard-Charest; Jean René; Corinne René; Lori Freedman; Ida Toninato; Philippe Lauzier; Isaiah Ceccarelli; Nicolas Caloia; Vergil Sharkya’; Aaron Lumley) , photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), December 7, 2013
  • Ensemble SuperMusique musicians: left to right: Diane Labrosse; Émilie Girard-Charest; Joane Hétu; Isaiah Ceccarelli; Cléo Palacio-Quintin; Scott Thomson; Lori Freedman; Aaron Lumley; Jean Derome; Guido Del Fabbro; Stefan Smulovitz, Montréal (Québec), November 14, 2013
  • Ensemble SuperMusique musicians and composers: left to right; Diane Labrosse, Émilie Girard-Charest, Joane Hétu, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Cléo Palacio-Quintin, , Scott Thomson, Lori Freedman, Aaron Lumley, Jean Derome, Stefan Smulovitz, Danielle Palardy Roger, Guido Del Fabbro , photo: Robin Pineda Gould, Montréal (Québec), November 14, 2013
  • Ensemble SuperMusique musicians during Machinaction, left to right: Cléo Palacio-Quintin, Joane Hétu, Scott Thomson, Émilie Girard-Charest, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Stefan Smulovitz, Diane Labrosse, Aaron Lumley, Lori Freedman, Jean Derome, Guido Del Fabbro , photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), November 14, 2013

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