This year’s Bassoon Day events will include exhibits of instruments and accessories by Canadian bassoon maker Benson H. Bell as well as Montréal woodwind specialist Pascal Véraquin; master classes by our special guest Malte Refardt of the NDR Radio Philharmonic in Hannover, Germany, and Martin Mangrum of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra; and a bassoon concert featuring Malte Refardt and friends from the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, as well as the annual Bassoon Ensemble Finale where we hope to have more than 40 bassoonists on stage, so make sure to bring your bassoon!
Malte Refardt was born in Hamburg, Germany. He studied with Dag Jensen, in Essen and Hanover, and completed a graduate degree with George Klütsch in Weimar and Cologne. While a student Mr Refardt was principal bassoonist of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, where he played under such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez and Kent Nagano. After playing as interim principal bassoonist of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich under Zubin Mehta, Malte Refardt was named principal bassoonist of the NDR Radio Philharmonic in Hannover in 2002. In addition to guest appearances with major German orchestras and the Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), Mr Refardt was invited by Seiji Ozawa to be principal bassoonist of the Saito Kinen Orchestra and the Tokyo Opera Nomori, in Japan. As soloist and chamber musician Mr Refardt has collaborated with musicians such as Eduard Brunner, Ana Chumachenco, Natalia Gutman, Wen-Sinn Yang, the Ensemble Villa Musica, Ensemble Oktoplus and the Ma'alot Quintet. In 2006 Malte Refardt was appointed as bassoon professor at the Folkwang University School of Music in Essen.
Born in Montréal, Stéphane Lévesque has been Principal Bassoon of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since the fall of 1998. He has also held principal bassoon positions with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Saito Kinen Orchestra in Japan. Mr Lévesque is Assistant Professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, and he has given master classes in institutions which include the Banff Centre, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon in France, and the National School of Music in Mexico City. He has appeared as soloist on many occasions with the OSM, as well as with ensembles such as the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the New World Symphony, Les Violons du Roy and the U.S. Army Orchestra. Mr Lévesque studied with Stephen Maxym and Frank Morelli at Yale University, and with Rodolfo Masella at the Montréal Conservatory.
Born in Princeton, NJ and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Martin Mangrum joined the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal as Second Bassoon in September of 2000, and served as acting Associate Principal during the 2003-04 season. Prior to his appointment in Montréal, he was Principal Bassoon of the Real Orquesta Sinfónica in Sevilla, and Co-Principal of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya. Mr Mangrum holds a Doctorate degree from the Juilliard School in New York, where he studied with Stephen Maxym. He has also studied with Mordechai Rechtman during a stay in Israel in 1993. Mr Mangrum currently teaches bassoon and chamber music at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, as well as at the Université de Montréal.
Associate principal bassoon with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Mathieu Harel was acting principal bassoon of the OSM during the 2003-04 season. Born in Contrecoeur, near Montréal, Mr. Harel studied with Bernard Garfield at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and at the Montreal Conservatory, with Rodolfo Masella and Gerald Corey. Prior to the end of his studies at Curtis, Mr Harel won the second bassoon position with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, and he was also assistant principal bassoon with the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago. He currently teaches at the Montreal Conservatory, and was a member of the faculties at McGill University, at the Trois-Rivières Conservatory and at the Camp Musical des Laurentides. Mr Harel is also a member of the Kiosque 1900 Ensemble
Carmelle Préfontaine began her musical training as a pianist at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec before choosing the bassoon and studying with Gerald Corey. After completing a Bachelor's degree at the University of Ottawa, she obtained an Artist Diploma from the Mannes College of Music in New York, and a Master's degree from the Juilliard School of Music, where she studied with David Carroll and Stephen Maxym. Carmelle performs with many ensembles including the Grands Ballets Canadiens orchestra, I Musici of Montreal, the Orchestre Métropolitain, the SMCQ, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and she is also active as a studio and chamber musician. Carmelle has held interim positions with the OSM, the OSQ, and the Victoria Symphony.
Soloist and collaborative pianist, and equally at ease in the standard as well as contemporary piano repertoire, Pamela Reimer studied Tom Plaunt, Louis-Philippe Pelletier, Gyorgy Sebok, Lorraine Vaillancourt and Frederic Rzewski. She has performed in the UK, Scotland, New Zealand, Austria, Switzerland, and throughout Canada and the United States. A sought after collaborative pianist, she has been an official accompanist at the violin International Competition of the Jeunesses Musicales, of the OSM Standard Life competition, at the Orford Arts Centre and at the Domaine Forget. Pamela has also performed with the Grands Ballets Canadiens orchestra, the McGill Chamber Orchestra, the OSM and appears regularly at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival.