Sunday, October 5, 2014 • Grand-Champ Theater, Gland
With “L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève” – Philippe Bernold, conductor
• Carl Philip Emanuel Bach – Concerto in La major – Sarah Rumer
• Wa Mozart – Divertimento K. 251
• André Jolivet – concerto for flute and string orchestra – José-Daniel Castellon
• WA Mozart – Andante and Rondo – Michel Bellavance
• Sophie Dufeutrelle – Sunrise, concerto for quartertone flute, contrabass flute and orchestra- Matthias Ziegler
Internationally celebrated Swiss-Canadian flutist, Michel Bellavance, is in high demand around the globe and is the Professor of Flute for the advanced classes at the renowned Geneva Conservatoire, (HEM Switzerland). With engagements on nearly every continent, Bellavance enjoys a very full travel schedule with invitations to headline as guest artist at festivals, perform with orchestras, as well as hold workshops, master classes and recitals at conservatories and universities.
Michel has appeared in Europe with the Lisbon Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra, the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, the Paris Camerata Academica Orchestra, and in Latin America with the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, the State Orchestra of Bahía Blanca, the State Orchestra of San Juan, Orchestra Philharmonic of Mendoza, the State Symphony Orchestra of Bahia, the Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra and the Ensemble Ad Hoc, in concertos by Nielsen, Ibert, Reinecke, Bernstein, Kabalevski, Liebermann, Mozart, Bach, Hue and Vivaldi.
He has given recitals and taught workshops and masterclasses in Europe and the Americas and Asia.
Michel embraces a full range of repertoire, and his discography attests to his keen interest for both new and less familiar pieces. His two discs for Brioso Recordings (USA) have received worldwide critical praise. His CD entitled Sergei, Béla & Bohuslav features works by composers of Central & Eastern Europe, whilst Joueurs de Flûte contains works by French and Canadian composers, including the Rachel Laurin Flute Sonata opus 29, which he commissioned and premièred. Michel made the world-première recording of Salomon Jadassohn’s Nocturne opus 133, which is one of the works featured on his Romantic Flute disc for the SNE label (Canada). His fourth recording, published by Meridian Records (UK), contains French works of the first part of the 20th century, including the flute version of the violin Sonata opus 13 by Gabriel Fauré.
A grant recipient of the Canada Arts Council, Bellavance studied in Paris, Geneva, Zürich and San Francisco, honing his performing skills with artists such as Aurèle Nicolet, Patrick Gallois, Maxence Larrieu, András Adorján and Paul Renzi.