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— Le Diapason, September 2020, About ELLES
MARINA THIBEAULT, viola & JANELLE FUNG, piano Celebrated duo Marina Thibeault and Janelle Fung delight international audiences with their spellbinding performances and engaging presence. They will perform a compelling, JUNO-nominated program for viola and piano which includes works from the classical canon by Clara Schumann, Nadia Boulanger and Rebecca Clarke and contemporary compositions by Alexina Louie, Anna Pidjorna and Manitoba-based violist-composer Melody McKiver. This program celebrates the great distance covered in the movement toward equality and respect for all as well as the hope required to continue working toward this goal, all through powerful works of incredibly beautiful music.
Violist Marina Thibeault’s “plangent tone and expressive phrasing” (The Strad) foreground a great richness in its playing that is on display across genres. Since 2019, the violist is a faculty member at the British-Colombia University while keeping and dynamic profile as a soloist and chamber musician, and inspiring future generations of musicians to be inclusive and bold in their musical pursuits.
Since being named Radio-Canada's classical "Revelation" for 2016-2017, Marina has delighted audiences across Canada, the United States, and Europe with their elegant, spellbinding performances and engaging presence. An accomplished soloist, Marina's many performance highlights include Berlioz's Harold in Italy with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal and the North American premiere of Peteris Vasks's concerto with the Sinfonia Toronto.
Marina's first album, Toquade, was released in April 2017 on the ATMA label, and was nominated by the ADISQ and Prix Opus for Album of the Year. Their critically-acclaimed 2020 JUNO award-nominated album ELLES honours groundbreaking female and non-binary composers from Clara Schumann to the present day. Their most recent album, Viola Borealis, was released in 2022 and has since received rave reviews.
Canadian pianist Janelle Fung has performed in concert from coast to coast in Canada, including tours with Prairie Debut and Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. Winner of the “Artist of the Year” award from the BC Touring Council in 2014, her international concerts have taken her to over twenty countries on five continents. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Fung has appeared in concert with the Ying Quartet, New York Woodwind Quintet, Mark Fewer and Matt Haimovitz.
Ms. Fung has won prizes in numerous national and international competitions, including the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition, the Concours OSM-Standard Life, and the Canadian Music Competition. She has been featured on radio stations nationally and internationally including CBC, Radio-Canada, Classical 96.3 FM, NPR, and Radio France.