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Joël Thiffault

, conductor

Joël Thiffault leads an active career as a soloist (harpsichord and fortepiano), chamber musician, conductor and continuo player. As a conductor, he founded in 1989 the Montreal Baroque Orchestra, an orchestra specializing in the Baroque, Classical and Romantic repertoires performed on period instruments. With the MBO, he has played at the Lanaudière International Music Festival and has conducted several tours in France, Turkey and Mexico.

He was awarded the Grand Prize for music from the du Maurier Arts Council in 1992 . Mr Thiffault has succeeded these past years in establishing himself as one of the most interesting musical figures in Canada, by imposing a performance style based on rigorous musical research and authenticity, as well as on his charisma on stage. One of the leading Canadian specialists in Early music, Mr Thiffault also conceived and hosted a radio series, \0x2522Passion of the Baroque\0x2522 in the autumn of 1994, and has been a regular music critic on Radio-Canada FM since 1991.The revitalization of early music, the development of wider audiences and the creation of contemporary Canadian works are among his foremost artistic preoccupations.

In May 1999, Mr Thiffault conducted the Canadian premiere of Handel's opera Alcina on period instruments in a semi-scenic version that brought together 7 soloists, 20 choristers and 50 musicians: a most splendid affair for Montreal concert-gœrs.
Naturally Handel
Orchestre Baroque de Montréal
June, 2008
HANDEL: Ouvertures
Orchestre Baroque de Montréal
November, 1999
GEMINIANI: Concertos grossos
Orchestre Baroque de Montréal
April, 1997