Saxophonist Mathieu Gaulin is active on several scenes, including classical, contemporary and jazz performance, in addition to teaching and composing. His mentors were Jean-François Guay, André Pelchat, and Jean-Marie Londeix.
Recipient of a master’s degree in classical saxophone from the Université de Montréal, Mathieu is a founding member of the Nota Bene Saxophone Quartet, with whom he has given over 150 concerts in Greater Montreal, rural Quebec and Europe. He has also performed with the singer Bet.e, the Ensemble KORE, the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec. He plays regularly with the quartet Jazz qui peut, which he co-founded, and with Carlos Placeres, for whose recording Puro Café he wrote the wind arrangements.
Since January 2006, he has been an instructor at UQAM, where he teaches saxophone and an introduction to woodwinds class. He also teaches at Collège Regina Assumpta and privately. He has developed a website dedicated to teaching the saxophone and is author of the book Le saxophone pour les compositeurs, which explains the various technical and musical possibilities of the instrument to composers.
Winner of the prize for Best Performance of a Canadian Work at the OSM Competitions of 1999 and 2002, and grant recipient of the Fonds les Amis de l'Art in 1999, 2000, and 2001, Mathieu Gaulin has also won four first prizes at the Festival des Harmonies du Québec and two first prizes at the Concours de saxophone de Baie-St-Paul.
An established soloist and chamber musician of classical and contemporary repertoire, Jacynthe Riverin holds degrees from the conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal and Université Laval. Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec have enabled her to continue her studies
with Dominique Weber in Geneva.
Unanimous winner of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Competition in 2000, she made her OSM debut with Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2 to great public and critical acclaim. She performed again with the OSM under Charles Dutoit the following year. On the occasion of the Prix d’Europe Competition, the Académie de musique du Québec awarded her the John Newmark Prize in 2002 and the prize for Best Interpretation
of a Canadian Work in 2004.
Her repertoire includes the major piano concertos, but also comprises more recent works, including Michel Gonneville’sconcerto Adonwe and the Radio-Canadacommission Que sommes-nous? by Analia Lludgar, premiered in 2008 with ECM+. She also gave a noteworthy performance of Claude Vivier’s impressive work Shiraz forthe Société
A sought-after chamber musician, she has taken part in the premiere of numerous Canadian works in Canada and abroad. A reflection of her versatility, her artistic undertakings are numerous and varied, ranging from teaching to diverse musical partnerships and multidisciplinary projects.
de musique contemporaine du Québec.