Nov 13, 2014

Amandine Beyer joins Tafelmusik for her Canadian debut: The French Connection: Music of the French Baroque, Dec. 4 to 7, 2014

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"Majestic, gossamer, hypnotic... perfect in every inflection of the phrasing" 
— Le Monde
Toronto, November 4, 2014 … French violinist and guest director Amandine Beyer joins Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra for The French Connection: Music of the French Baroque, from December 4 to 7, 2014 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall. These performances mark her Canadian debut. 
The two pieces that frame The French Connection —a suite from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera Zaïs and Jean-Féry Rebel’s Les Élémens  — both begin with extraordinary and evocative depictions of Chaos and its gradual dissolution. The programme includes a suite from André Campra’s L'Europe galante, Michel Corrette’s 25ème Concerto comique, and Jean-Marie Leclair’s Concerto for violin in A Minor, featuring Ms. Beyer as soloist. 
“As a French-born musician, I really tried to make this programme interesting for the orchestra and the public – and for myself too! Tafelmusik is well acquainted with French repertoire, so there is already common ground, but I want to give them a ‘French accent’! I want to communicate my love of this repertoire so that we can produce together a genuine French colour and create a distinctive, unique atmosphere,” said Ms. Beyer.
Amandine Beyer studied violin in her native Aix-en-Provence and Paris, completing a Master’s Degree on the works of Karlheinz Stockhausen. Interest in the baroque violin took her to Basel, where she studied with Chiara Banchini. She now enjoys a busy career, concertizing around the world, working regularly with Les Cornets Noirs, with keyboard players Pierre Hantai, Kristian Bezuidenhout, and Laurence Beyer, and with her own ensemble, Gli Incogniti, whose recordings of Vivaldi Four Seasons and Corelli Concerti grossi have received critical acclaim. Her solo recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas has received numerous awards. Ms. Beyer teaches in the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo in Porto (Portugal), and at her alma mater, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.
Tafelscene, Tafelmusik’s 35 & Under Young Audience programme, will be hosting an intermission party with musicians on Saturday December 6.  These popular get-togethers are a chance for young audience members to mingle with their favourite musicians, while enjoying wine and snacks. For more information about Tafelscene, visit