Bellavance

MICHEL BELLAVANCE

Canadian flutist Michel Bellavance has been a guest soloist with orchestras such as the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra (on tour in Portugal), the Geneva Chamber Orchestra (in Geneva and on tour in Italy) and the Paris Camerata Academica (on tour in Spain). He has given recitals in Geneva, Barcelona, Paris, Montreal, Prague, Tokyo, Zürich and Hong Kong.

He has been a grant recipient of the Canada Arts Council, a winner of the Quebec (Canada) and the Riddes (Switzerland) Music Competitions, as well as having performed on several radio broadcasts for the CBC and Swiss Public Radio. His compact discs for Brioso Recordings® (USA) and SNE (Canada) labels have received critical acclaim..

Bellavance holds diplomas from the Hector-Berlioz Conservatoire (Paris), the Geneva Conservatoire and the Zürich Musikhochschule. He has honed his performing skills with distinguished flutists such as Patrick Gallois, Maxence Larrieu and Andras Adorjan. In addition to his activities as a performer, he is Flute Professor for the advanced classes at the La Chaux-de-Fonds Conservatoire, in Switzerland. He has given master classes in England (Guildhall School, London), Switzerland and Canada (Montréal Conservatoire).

"The sonority of the flute, colourful and seductive, sheds light on a multitude of details, those that render the different composers' respective styles in a natural, evident and limpid form." L'Impartial / Switzerland, July 1997

"Canadian flutist Michel Bellavance performs this music (BR110) very well, never forcing his sonority - he does not hesitate in sometimes playing détimbré - and he deploys all his interpretation in the colours and suppleness of the lines."
La Traversičre / France, May 1997

Bellavance (BR121) is a seamless player. He maintains a lovely, shimmering sound from top to bottom of the flute's range. Graceful interpretations make such bits as the lyrical opening movement of the Prokofieff Sonata and the melodic Aria movement of the Taktakishvili utterly compelling. His unfailing technical control and musical sense keep even the most technical passages of Prokofieff--where many players are carried away by the momentum of the music--firmly in hand and wonderful to hear.

Marc Bourdeau is a perfect match for Bellavance; he too plays with tremendous control and musical sense. The two players maintain a flawless balance of sound, moving through these lovely pieces in obvious musical agreement.
Schmidt, American Record Guide

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