Recorderist and teacher Natalie Michaud joins in 1990 Les Idées heureuses as co-artistic director with its founder Geneviève Soly. Within this organization, dedicated to the performance of baroque music, she develops a poetic and colorful programming while mixing into it the presence of history, visual arts and literature.
Among the 20 programs that she created: “Promenade in Naples” with Karina Gauvin, which won an Opus prize in 2000 from the Conseil Québécois de la musique, “Chansonnier pour une presque reine – music around 1500” and “Quattrocento amoureux – musique of the Fifteenth Century” which featured introduced Anne Azéma and Shira Kammen to the Montreal public. More recently, she presented ‘Les Amours de Ronsard’, ‘Promenade à Munich’, ‘Voyages en Nouvelle-France’, and ‘Circle of Dreams: a Thousand Years of Jewish Music’, concerts which cristallized the formation of our vocal quartet made of Marie Magistry, Josée Lalonde, Michel Léonard and Normand Richard.
A graduate from Ottawa University (B. Mus), the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague (1984) and from Montreal University (M. Mus), Natalie Michaud teaches recorder and chamber music at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University for over 20 years. She has recorded numerous concerts for the Canadian Radio, as well as CDs on Atma, Dorian and Analekta labels. She has recorded the Overture and the Concerto for recorder by Christoph Graupner with Les Idées heureuses. She is the principal recorder player for Les Violons du Roy, conducted by Bernard Labadie, with whom the Watermusik by Handel was awarded in 2008 a Felix prize. She is active on the board of directors of Les Idées heureuses since its inception.