Bernard Labadie has established himself worldwide as one of the leading conductors of the Baroque and Classical repertoire, a reputation that is closely tied into his work with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec, both of which he founded and continues to lead as music director. With these two ensembles he regularly tours Canada, the US and Europe, in major venues and festivals such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Kennedy Center, The Barbican, The Concertgebouw, and the Salzburg Festival, among others.

Posted: Apr-8-2015
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Quebec City, January 8, 2016 - Les Violons du Roy founding conductor and La Chapelle de Québec music director Bernard Labadie received the Prix Samuel de Champlain today January 8 in Paris, together with celebrated French pianist Alexandre Tharaud. The award was bestowed by the Ambassador Alfred Siefer-Gaillardin, chair of the France–Canada Institute and Prix Samuel de Champlain jury. Also in attendance were Graeme Clark, chargé d’affaires at the Canadian Embassy, and Michel Robitaille, Quebec’s agent general and the premier’s personal representative for La Francophonie.

The Prix Samuel de Champlain was established in 1997 by the France–Canada Institute, the Canadian branch of the France–Amériques Association. It is awarded every year to two individuals, one Canadian and one French, who have shared their respective cultures with audiences in France and Canada.

Les Violons du Roy congratulates Bernard Labadie on this new honor, the latest of the many awards and distinctions he has collected in acknowledgement of his impressive career and the importance of his work in Quebec, across Canada, and on the international stage. Maestro Labadie was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 2005 and chevalier of Ordre national du Québec in 2006. He received the Banff Centre’s National Arts Award in 2008 for his contribution to the development of the arts in Canada and holds an honorary doctorate from Université Laval.

Alexandre Tharaud is one of the leading pianists of our day and is highly regarded in France, Canada, and worldwide. His artistic partnership with Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie goes back to 2008. Their most recent collaborations include the recordings Alexandre Tharaud, Mozart, Haydn, Jeunehomme in 2014 and Alexandre Tharaud - Concertos pour clavier de J. S. Bach in 2011, as well as a number of regular-season Les Violons du Roy programs and two European tours. A North American tour is on the schedule for Les Violons du Roy, Alexandre Tharaud, and Bernard Labadie in April.

Previous recipients of Prix Samuel de Champlain include Marie Chouinard and Brigitte Lefèvre (2014), Nathalie Bondil and Michel Côté (2012) Denys Arcand and Patrice Leconte (2008), Jacques Lacoursière and the bookstores Librairie canadienne de Paris and Librairie du Québec (2007), Marie-Hélène Fraïssé and Michael Snow (2006), Robert Lepage and Jean-Pierre Pichart (2005), Charles Aznavour (2004), Bernard Pivot and Claudette Hould (2003), Françoise Lepeltier and Hubert Reeves (2002), Jean-Michel Lacroix and Antonine Maillet (2001), Michel Drucker and Pierre Lampron (2000), and Jean-Michel Dubin and Luc Plamondon (1999).

For more on the Prix Samuel de Champlain, see (in French).

Posted: Jan-19-2016
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Marc-Andre Hamelin has proven himself - in three highly lauded volumes of Haydn's piano sonatas - to be a formidable Haydn pianist, combining style, exuberance and dazzling technique with a palpable sense of joy in the music. This release is the fruit of a partnership with the award-winning Canadian chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy and their director Bernard Labadie, whose previous recordings for Virgin Classics and other labels have received the highest critical acclaim. With his scintillating performances of Haydn's three most popular Piano Concertos, Hamelin further demonstrates his special affinity for this repertoire.

Posted: Apr-9-2013
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Labadie’s leadership of The Cleveland Orchestra was upbeat in all senses of the word — rhythms were snappy and tempos energetic. Though seated, he made the most of the chair’s swivel feature, swooping eagerly from one string section to another. At times, he reached deep down with his arms as if to scoop the phrases up and fling them out into the action. Other times, quick, small motions of his hands and fingers communicated sparkle and precision.

Posted: Aug-31-2016
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