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Festival of the Sound’s Bands on the Bay: Quatuor Despax and Friends
July 19, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Bring your family to this free concert on the waterfront deck featuring veritable musical sensations: the brothers and sisters of Quatuor Despax.
String Quartet: Cendrine Despax, violin; Jean Despax, violin; Maxime Despax, viola; Valérie Despax, cello. Formed in 2003 by four brothers and sisters in Gatineau, Quatuor Despax regularly gives concerts in the national capital of Canada, in the Outaouais and Montreal. They have performed at various festivals or concert series in Ontario and Quebec such as: the Westben Festival, the Alexandria Festival, the Gatineau Classic Tuesdays series, the Mont-des-Arts Mont-St-Hilaire , the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Classical Festival (Val d’Or), the Ponticello Concerts in Gatineau, Music and Beyond (Ottawa), the Chamberfest City Series (Ottawa), the Luminato Festival (Toronto), the L’Art de la Music (Gatineau) and SweetWater Music Festival (Owen Sound).
Friends: Graham Campbell, guitar; James Campbell, clarinet; David Jalbert, piano
Graham Campbell: Described as a “gifted guitarist and composer” (The Whole Note), Graham Campbell is a versatile musician based in Toronto, Canada. His experience in jazz, pop, folk, world, and chamber music has taken him to many major festivals across North America and Europe, appearing with notable musicians such as jazz pianist Gene DiNovi, genre-bending violinist Mark Fewer, jazz vocalist/pianist Laila Biali, and Brazilian singer/percussionist Aline Morales. His original works have been featured at festivals across Canada and Europe, and many are featured on As You Near Me, a collaboration with clarinetist and father James Campbell released in 2013 on Marquis Classics. His pop songs can be heard on House, released in 2016 by art-pop band Words Around The Waist.
James Campbell, Artistic Director, Festival of the Sound: Dubbed “Canada’s premier clarinetist” by the Ottawa Citizen, James Campbell has performed as soloist and chamber musician in over 35 countries with over 60 orchestras including the Boston Pops, Montreal Symphony and the London Symphony. He has collaborated with Glenn Gould and Aaron Copland and toured with over 35 string quartets, including the Guarneri, Amadeus and Vermeer. Of his over 40 recordings, the BBC and the Times of London rated his recording of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet as the best available and his CD Stolen Gems (Marquis Records) won a JUNO. He has been named Canada’s Artist of the Year, awarded the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medal, an Honourary Doctor of Law, and the Order of Canada. James Campbell has been Artistic Director of the Festival of the Sound since 1985 and was Professor of Music at the famed Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University from 1988-2019 and continues to give masterclasses worldwide.
David Jalbert: His solo recordings – of the Goldberg Variations, the Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues, of American, French and Russian piano music – have all garnered international praise in venues ranging from Gramophone to France-Culture. An accomplished chamber musician, he has collaborated with artists such as Nicola Benedetti, Joel Quarrington, Wonny Song and Yegor Dyachkov and is a member of Triple Forte (along with violinist Jasper Wood and cellist Denise Djokic). As a soloist, he has also performed with major orchestras and conductors Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Skitch Henderson, Christoph Campestrini, Bramwell Tovey and many more. A national and international prize-winner, David Jalbert has won six Opus Awards, was nominated four times for “Classical Album of the Year” at the Juno Awards and was the 2007 laureate of the prestigious Virginia Parker Prize of the Canada Council for the Arts. He holds degrees from the Juilliard School, the Glenn Gould School, Université de Montréal and Conservatoire de Musique du Québec, and is now a Professor of Piano and the Head of the Piano Sector at the University of Ottawa, as well as a faculty member at the Orford Music Academy.