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Les Idées heureuses

Since 1987, Les Idées heureuses has carved out a particular niche on the Québec music scene. From Ms Soly's concern for expanding her audiences' knowledge about the music came her idea of preceding concert pieces with explanatory presentations, a practice that has earned accolades from both music lovers and the public alike.

Musical %22rediscoveries%22 through Les Idées heureuses' musicological research are performed with brilliance and daring, making its concerts highlights of Québec's baroque cultural events. The musicians in Les Idées heureuses' Ensemble play baroque chamber music on period instruments. Their musical performance is based on the historical principles and artistic practices of the baroque era. The works performed feature the harpsichord in both obbligato and solo roles. Les Idées heureuses also seeks out contemporary pieces composed for baroque instruments and has commissioned and performed eight such works, mostly by Canadian composers. Les Idées heureuses' Ensemble was one of ten ensembles that participated in the Millennium Symphony on June 3, 2000.

Les Idées heureuses organized the Bach International Harpsichord Festival held in May 1997. The Festival was a one-time event that featured ten concerts, five lectures and a harpsichord competition. The music world was delighted by the outstanding quality of the Festival's program. The Festival earned Les Idées heureuses the Conseil québécois de la musique's 1997 Prix Opus for Event of the Year and the Montreal Urban Community Arts Council's 1997 Grand Prize in the music category. In 1999, Les Idées heureuses presented a similar event, the %22Journées du clavecin%22 which will now take place every two years.

Les Idées heureuses was awarded the Prix Opus for Concert of the Year in 2000 in the medieval, Renaissance and baroque music category for %22Promenades à Naples%22 with Karina Gauvin.