Meet our musicians

Photo by Keiko Nomura

Photo by Keiko Nomura

Catherine Chabot, flute

French-Canadian flutist Catherine Chabot fell in love with her instrument at age 9. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and went on to pursue graduate studies at DePaul University (Chicago, USA) with Mathieu Dufour. While in Chicago, Catherine was offered a position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and joined the International Chamber Artists of Chicago. Familiar with competitions, she took home the Special Prize for the best interprétation of a Canadian Work from Prix d’Europe in 2015, won the First Prize at the DePaul Concerto Competition in 2014 and the Second Prize at the Canadian Music Competition in 2009. Know to be an inspired and sensitive musician, Catherine enjoys a solo, chamber and orchestral career around North America, France, Germany and Japan.

Jeffrey Stonehouse, flute

Flutist Jeffrey Stonehouse is artistic director of Ensemble Paramirabo and is active as an orchestral and chamber musician in Montreal. Jeff has performed with ECM+, the SMCQ Ensemble, l’Orchestre Métropolitain and Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, Laval and Drummondville Symphony Orchestras. As a soloist, Jeff has performed with the K-W Symphony Orchestra and has performed across Canada, the USA and Europe. He is the winner of the soundSCAPE International Festival Performer Prize.

Photo by  Keith Race

Photo by Keith Race

Photo by  Mary Scripko

Photo by Mary Scripko

Emily Burt, oboe

Originally from Taber, Alberta, Emily began her musical studies on the piano and eventually found the oboe at 11 years old. In 2012, she completed her Bachelor of Music at the Hartt School of Music, studying with Humbert Lucarelli and in 2014, she completed her Master’s of Music at McGill University with Theodore Baskin. Living in Montréal, Emily is an active freelancer and can be heard performing with various orchestras such as Orchestre symphonique de Trois Rivières, Orchestre Saguenay du Lac-St-Jean, Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville, among others.  Outside of orchestral playing, Emily is the oboist for Allegra Foundation's beloved children’s chamber music series, Bach Before Bedtime.  She has worked with composers such as John Corigliano, Michael Colgrass and Susan Botti. She has performed in North and South America, as well as Europe. Outside of performing, Emily is an active teacher, teaching privately as well as at various schools as a Guest Clinician.

Victor Alibert, clarinet

In 2007, Victor received his classical training from Richard Rimbert and Stéphane Kwiatek at the Bordeaux Conservatory in France. In 2012, he moved to Canada to study with André Moisan at the University of Montreal where he completed his undergraduate degree. During his studies, Victor attended numerous masterclasses and had the chance to meet many great masters of the clarinet, such as Philippe Berrod, Martin Fröst, Jérôme Voisin and Philippe-Olivier Devaux. Versatile musician, Victor Alibert has always been interested in classical and traditional music. Playing clarinets from the Eb to the bass, Victor actually performs in various styles going from Symphonic concerts with the Orchestre de l'Agora, Eastern European music with the Magillah and the Fanfare Carmagnole, and contemporary chamber music with the Paramirabo Ensemble. With social projects at heart, Victor frequently collaborates with Les Porteurs de Musique, a social ensemble that hosts events in venues like shelters, hospitals and psychiatric institutes. Victor is also a percussionist in the batucada Movimento. He has been teaching clarinet since 2013 at Collège Notre Dame, and has been invited to teach masterclasses at the Domaine Forget and the Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Session with the Paramirabo Ensemble. In 2013, Victor Alibert was also the winner of the Concerto Competition at the University of Montreal and was awarded the second prize at the Festival du Royaume.

Photo by Julien Patrice

Photo by Julien Patrice

Photo by Florence Couillard

Photo by Florence Couillard

Antonin Cuerrier, clarinet

Recently appointed solo clarinet of the Drummondville Symphony Orchestra and teacher at the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau, Antonin Cuerrier has played with numerous ensembles on the Quebec scene including the Laval, Trois-Rivières and Sherbrooke Orchestras, the Grands Ballets Orchestra and Ballet-Opéra-Pantomime. Having played the first Weber clarinet concerto with orchestra at 16 years old, this alumni of the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal has recently studied in Germany and in Switzerland with Chen Halevi at the Hochschule für Musik Trossingen and with Romain Guyot at the Haute École de Musique de Genève, learning historical clarinet with Ernst Schlader in the process. This continuous work will lead him to win the first prize of his category at the Canadian Music Competition in 2013, the prestigious Hnatyshyn scholarship in 2014 and the DAAD prize of the Trossinger Wettbewerb in 2016. Parallel to his work as an interpret Antonin Cuerrier has worked for different student organisations, administration councils and artistic projects as manager, music librarian and administrator. He’s also had the chance to teach his passion at the Notre-Dame College, the CAMMAC Music Camp, the Asbestos Music Camp and the St-Edmont high school.

Jeff Poussier Leduc, bassoon

 Musician, artist, Jeff Poussier Leduc is a curious, sensitive and versatile bassoon player. He completed his music studies and received his Master’s degree in 2016 at Université de Montréal in the class of his friend and mentor, Mathieu Lussier. Since then, he has worked as a freelance musician, playing in many orchestras throughout Québec and has varied chamber music projects that hold a special place for him. Other than bassoon, Jeff specializes in contrabassoon and has managed the music libraries of multiple Montréal ensembles.

Photo by  Ariane Brisson

Photo by Guillaume Roy

Photo by Guillaume Roy

Marie-Michèle Bertrand, French horn

Marie-Michèle Bertrand obtained her Master’s degree from New England Conservatory and her Undergraduate degree from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. As a student, Marie-Michèle has played throughout Canada and the United States with the Orchestre de la Francophonie, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the Orford Academy Orchestra, and has participated in the Domaine Forget Academy where she worked with horn masters Radovan Vlatković, James Sommerville, and Frødis Ree Wekre. Today, Marie-Michèle performs regularly with different ensembles and teaches horn in schools around the Montreal area. In addition to her career as a musician, Marie-Michèle is passionate about making music accessible to all and acts as director of the Young Musicians of the World school in Laval, an organization that provides free music lessons for kids in underprivileged neighbourhoods.