Named “Révélations Radio-Canada 2016-2017”, Marina Thibeault travels the world as an ambassador of the viola. Contributing to the repertoire of her instrument by commissioning new works is a vital calling for Marina.
An avid chamber musician, Marina has collaborated with members of the Guarneri Quartet, the Cleveland Quartet, and the London Haydn Quartet, amongst other great chamber musicians. Her interest in new music has led her to work with composers such as John Corigliano, Joan Tower, Ana Sokolovic and Krzysztof Penderecki. At 9 years old, she was the youngest violin student to enter the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Michael Tree and Roberto Diaz.
In order to deepen her studies, she attended the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana under the tutelage of Bruno Giuranna, with the support of the Canada Council of the Arts and the Eskas Scholarship. Marina has recently completed her Master’s degree with André Roy at McGill University. Ms. Thibeault is the recipient of the Sylva Gelber Foundation award (2016). She won first prize in the string category of Prix d’Europe (2015), the McGill Concerto Competition (2015), the Radio-Canada “Young Artist” prize (2007) as well a special prize at the Beethoven Hradec International Viola Competition (2008).
Marina plays on a 1854 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume viola, and a W.E Hill Sons bow, generously loaned by Canimex.