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Andrée Azar

Department: 
Performance
Area(s): 
Strings
Instrument(s): 
Violin
Biography: 

A native of Sherbrooke, Andrée Azar  begins her  studies in  violin at the age of seven with the method Claude Létourneau. From a young age, she regularly participated in the Canadian Music Competition in the categories Solo and Chamber Music. At age thirteen, she enters the Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau and continues her training with Yaëla Hertz. She graduates with a Premier Prix in violin in 1980.

Recipient of grants from the Arts Council of Ontario and Canada, she completes her studies in the United States. She obtains a Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University (Bloomington) and Michigan (Ann Arbor).

In 1987 she joins the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Charles Dutoit will invite her to play solo with the MSO. She will play  Alfred Schnittke's Concerto for Two Violins and prepared harpsichord with colleague and childhood friend Chantal Juillet in Carnegie Hall of New York.

In 1992, she devotes herself to teaching the violin while participating regularly in concerts and tours of Les Violons du Roy of Quebec.
She teaches at the conservatories of Chicoutimi, Quebec and presently at the Montreal Conservatory and at McGill University. She also teaches at music camps such as  the Domaine Forget and the Camp musical des Laurentides.

Andrée Azar has taken many training courses in pedagogy, especially with Claude Letourneau, Johanne Arel and Mimi Zweig.
She now spends a significant part of her time encouraging the next generations through juries and master classes.

In 2011, she was invited as a juror at the University of Montreal, Peterborough and Toronto Kiwanis Festivals. Her students have won numerous awards at regional competitions such as Le Concours de la Capitale in Quebec City, the Classical Music Festival of Montreal, the music competition in Sorel-Tracy as well as other national awards in the Canadian Music Competition.