Founder and director of the Montreal-based early music ensemble Masques, Olivier Fortin graduated with distinction from the Québec Conservatory in 1995. He then continued his training with Dom André Laberge, obtained a Master Degree from University of Montreal under the direction of Réjean Poirier, and received several scholarships for studies in Paris with Pierre Hantai and in Amsterdam with Bob van Asperen. In 1997 he was awarded top prizes at the Montreal Bach Competition and the Bruges Festival. He is increasingly esteemed as a soloist and chamber musician, touring and recording throughout Europe, the United States and Canada with ensembles such as Tafelmusik, Masques and Capriccio Stravagante, as well as playing with Skip Sempé and Pierre Hantaï in a harpsichord duo and trio. With Masques, he recorded a critical acclaimed CD of Bach harpsichord concerti and a recording of the complete Pieces de Clavecin en concerts by J-P Rameau.
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