Henri Brassard

A native of Quebec, Henri Brassard began his studies in Montreal under the direction of Lucille Brassard and Yvonne Hubert. He then pursued his training with Nadia Reisenberg in New York and Dieter Weber in Vienna. Wilhelm Kempff, Rudolph Serkin and Karl Engel are among the masters with whom he has also worked.

Mr. Brassard received the Grand Prize of the Festival du Musique de Quebec and the Chalmers Foundation. He has performed as a soloist with numerous Canadian orchestras that include Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, and his concert schedule has taken him to France, England, Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Caraibes, the former Soviet Union, and throughout Canada.

Praised as a soloist, Mr. Brassard has a particular fondness for chamber music and is the founder of the Trio Haydn de Montreal. Among the conductors with whom he has worked are Charles Dutoit, Agnes Grossmann, Raffi Armenian, and Yahushi Akiyama.

Mr. Brassard is also known for his work as a chronicler for musical programs on radio and television, and as director of numerous musical series. He is a professor at the Université du Québec a Montréal and is frequently invited to give master classes abroad.

"...He commands his cello, makes it sing with an ample bow, while the left hand offers clear articulation to the musical discourse." (BR117)
Jean-Jaxques van Vlasselaer, Le Droit, Ottawa-Hull

"Russian-born, Montreal-based cellist Yegor Dyachkov...has a rich full tone and big technique, and interprets these works with a fine sense to capture their romantic heart, while negotiating the virtuostic hurdles with relative ease. Veteran Canadian pianist Henri Brassard partners him with great sensitivity and technical panache."
Robert Cummings, Classics@Cosmik

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