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Mathieu Lussier

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Baroque Bassoon

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A versatile musician with an inquiring mind, Mathieu Lussier energetically and passionately promotes the bassoon and the Baroque bassoon as solo instruments throughout North America and Europe. He has performed as a bassoonist, soloist, or director with such ensembles as Arion (Montreal), Les Violons du Roy (Quebec City), the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Toronto), the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra Apollo’s Fire.

Since 2007, he has been artistic director of the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival. He devotes a good deal of his time to chamber music performance as a member of the Ensemble Pentaèdre de Montréal, the Caliban Quartet of Bassoonists (Toronto), and the ensemble Musica Franca.

More and more invited to conduct ensembles, Mathieu Lussier will lead during the 2012-2013 the Orchestre de la mission Saint-Charles (Lamèque), Les Violons du Roy in a baroque program featuring soprano Hélène Guilmette, a tango program with Bataclan, the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal in a six concerts tour, Arion Baroque orchestra as well as a production of Handel’s pastoral Acis and Galatea with the l’Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal.

His numerous solo recordings include almost a dozen bassoon concertos by Vivaldi, Fasch, Graupner, Telemann, and Corrette; a disc of bassoon sonatas by Boismortier; three CDs of music for solo bassoon by François Devienne; and a CD of wind sextet music by Gossec. He has composed more than 30 works, many of which are regularly performed in concerts in North America, Europe, and Australia.