This 2011 concert featured violinist Arianne Lajoie, cellist Chloé Dominguez, and pianist Akiko Tominaga, also known as Trio Lajoie.

Ariane Lajoie began violin studies with Father Rolland Brunelle in Joliette.  At age eight, she was accepted at the Conservatoire de musique du Quebec in Montreal, with Johanne Arel.  She then pursued further studies at the Université de Montréal with Jean-François Rivest and obtained a Bachelor of Music.  She performed the Tchaikovsky violin concerto with l’Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal, having won the concerto competition.  She went on to pursue a master’s and a doctorate degree from the same institution, under the tutelage of Vladimir Landsman.  Ariane has participated in different festivals in France, Russia and Holland, and has performed with a chamber ensemble at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.  

Chloé Dominguez studied at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Montreal and obtained a Diplôme d’Études Supérieures I in 2002.   Having received her master’s degree and an artist Diploma, she completed her doctorate at McGill University, with the theme Contemporary composition of music for the cello in Quebec.  She was granted a scholarship for excellence in research by the FQRSC.  Chloé has performed as a soloist with the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal.  An active chamber musician, she is presently the member of Schulich String Quartet. Her numerous awards and honors include le prix Jeunes Artistes de Radio-Canada (2007), first prize in the Festival de musique du Royaume (2007), and the Golden Violin Award by the Schulich School of Music of the McGill University (2009).

A native of Japan, Akiko Tominaga has been described as a musician with “an incredible assurance and strength….most of all, the maturity and the imagination of a true interpreter” (Claude Gingra, La Presse).  She has obtained a Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, an Artist Diploma from Glenn Gould School in Toronto, and a Doctorate in Interpretation from the Université de Montréal under the guidance of Marc Durand.  In 2008, she toured across Canada with marimbist Anne-Julie Caron.  She has been invited to Poland for concert tours in 2006 and 2007.  In 2004, she participated in a tour with the members of the Israel Philharmonic, premiering works by Stewart Grant and Lior Navok.  Akiko has been a soloist with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, the Young Artist Philharmonic, the Reading Symphony, as well as the Interschool Orchestra of New York at the Lincoln Centre.  She is featured in recordings such as It Takes Two to Trio released by the Centaur Records, and a video archive of Radio-Canada in collaboration with Anne-Julie Caron.  Presently, she is on the faculty at the Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary.

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