Lute Festival 2012 Faculty
Sylvain Bergeron
Sylvain Bergeron Photograph

“… a supremely refined, elegant, cerebral musician …”
Natasha Gauthier, The Ottawa Citizen

An accomplished performer on the lute and theorbo, Sylvain Bergeron is in high demand on the North American music scene.  He gives nearly one hundred concerts each season in and alongside many internationally renowned soloists.  Among these include Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Jordi Savall, David Daniels, Magdalena Kozena, Michael Chance, Charles Daniels, Daniel Taylor, Karina Gauvin, Suzie LeBlanc, Vivica Genaux, Matthew White, Agnes Anne Azema and Agnes Melon.  He works regularly with Les Violons du Roy, L’Ensemble Arion, Les Idées Heureuses, Les Boréades, Les Voix Humaines, Les Voix Baroques, Apollo’s Fire, Clavecin en concert, etc.

He has made several tours through the five continents and played under the direction of renowned conductors.  He played in the most prestigious halls in the world, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Salle Gaveau in Paris and Lincoln Center in New York.  He participated in seventy CD recordings on the Atma, Dorian, Analekta, CBC PGM labels, and several of them have won prizes and awards.  His most recent solo album The Balcarres Lute Book (Atma) has received praise from the critics.

Sylvain Bergeron teaches the lute and baroque guitar at McGill University and the University of Montreal.  He has given numerous lectures, workshops and master classes, including for the Lute Society of America, and at Berkeley, Vancouver, and Rabat (Morocco).  He participated in panels and roundtables is often consulted as a specialist in historical plucked instruments, for various recording projects and publishing.

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