A digital Da capo

The Orchestre de la francophonie mourns the passing of Louis Villeneuve

It is with great regret that we announce the death of Louis Villeneuve, the president of our Board of Directors on August 6th, 2021.

2021 Season

Da capo! Following the success of its first fully-digital season in response to COVID-19 constraints, the Orchestre de la francophonie will produce a second digital academy for its 2021 season including individual classes, recitals, digital projects, masterclasses and special guest presentations. For this — the OF’s 20th season — the academy will continue to provide the highest-level training to students and recent graduates of respected institutions to help prepare them for the real world challenges facing the professional orchestral musician. Except for one-on-one classes, the general public is invited to attend all 2021 activities which will be streamed — many live — on the OF’s YouTube Channel. See programming listed here on July 1.

Welcome to Orchestre de la francophonie 2021

Jean-Philippe Tremblay, artistic director, welcomes you to Orchestre de la francophonie’s 2021 online season — the ‘Da Capo!’ edition of this global music summer programme.

Events and videos

News

  • The Orchestre de la francophonie mourns the passing of Louis Villeneuve
    It is with great regret that we announce the death of Louis Villeneuve, the president of our Board of Directors on August 6th, 2021. We are profoundly saddened by Mr. Villeneuve’s sudden passing. We will be forever grateful to him for all he accomplished for the orchestra and its development since 2016. His enthusiasm and joie de vivre were contagious. His intelligence, curiosity, optimism, determination, tenacity, rigour, elegance and tact made him a unique president. […]
  • The Orchestre de la Francophonie is opening its 2021 season
    In no less than a few days, starting July 6, impressively 37 young musicians from all over the world will connect their talents and their learning desires to the OF’s virtual classes for 45 consecutive days of learning, activities and sharing. The academy will even welcome a student from Iran for the first time! On the program: individual instrument classes, a wide repertoire of orchestral traits and audition rehearsals. More, everything musicians need to prepare […]
  • 2021 season of the Orchestre de la francophonie: Under the sign of accessibility and exchange
    Over 100 free online activities from July 6th to August 15th
  • Auditions for the Orchestre de la francophonie’s 2021 season
    Montreal, Tuesday November 17, 2020 – Following the success of the first 100% digital academy and in the context of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Orchestre de la francophonie (OF), under the artistic direction of Jean-Philippe Tremblay, announces today the opening of its 2021 summer season’s auditions. All positions – strings, woodwinds, horns, trumpets, trombones and percussion are open.
  • Gramophone reviews latest OF recording
    The Orchestre de la francophonie under Jean-Philippe Tremblay perform it and the overtures more than capably, and with affection. Excellent sound, as usual.

Pour finir la saison, les participants ont fait un collage de photos de leurs expériences avec l’Orchestre de la francophonie cette année et quelques-uns ont envoyer des messages. Merci pour la saison merveilleuse!|To wrap up the season, the participants made a collage of photos from their experience with the Orchestre de la Francophonie this year and some sent in some messages. On behalf of all the participants, thank you for the wonderful season!

Un grand merci très chaleureux pour cette expérience enrichissante. Je suis reconnaissante de la chance d'avoir fait partie des musiciens de l'OF cet été. -Eve Legault

J'ai beaucoup apprécié pouvoir revoir cette année J.P. Tremblay et A. Elliott lors de nos cours particuliers à distance ; ils sont de très bons conseils, ainsi que des musiciens inspirés avec l'envie de partager. –David Poro

Si vous aimeriez profiter d’avantage du contenue de l’OF, il vous est possible de visionné nos récitals et projets numériques sur la chaîne YouTube de l’Orchestre de la francophonie. |If you would like to see more OF content, check out our recitals and digital projects on the Orchestre de la francophonie’s YouTube channel!

Mardi le 20 juillet l’Orchestre de la francophonie a accueilli Kimball Sykes pour une classe de maitre avec les clarinettistes de l’OF. Vous pouvez le visionner sur notre chaine YouTube ici : https://youtube.com/orchestrefranco

Antoine Mézy (Clarinette) : La classe de maitre avec Kimball Sykes, était très intéressante, déjà car l’on a pu entendre les autres clarinettistes de l’OF, et apprendre énormément d’éléments musicaux mais aussi techniques. Kimball Sykes a donné énormément de pistes de travail, sur la façon de faire et d’aborder tel ou tel trait d’orchestre.

Valentina Pennisi (Clarinet) I appreciated a lot Prof. Sykes! As he has a lot of experience in the orchestra he suggested me how to play from a inner point of view instead of only make the excerpt "beautiful" for an audition for example. It was also super interesting to listen to the other clarinet players and learn from their lesson as well!

L’Orchestre de la francophonie veut remercier nos commanditaires |The Orchestre de la francophonie would like to thank our sponsors

On commence la troisième semaine de la saison 2021 et l’Orchestre de la francophonie veut remercier nos commanditaires. | We are beginning our third week of the 2021 season and the Orchestre de le Francophonie would like to thank our sponsors.

Au début du mois de juillet l’Orchestre de la francophonie a accueilli Joanna G'froerer, Flûte solo de l’Orchestre du Centre national des Arts pour une classe de maître avec les hautbois et flutes. Vous pouvez le visionner ici sur notre canal YouTube où tous nos classes de maître et vidéos de la saison 2021 sont poster: https://youtu.be/SaEoERttMMo

Earlier this month the Orchestre de la Francophonie welcomed Joanna G'froerer, Principal Flute of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, for a masterclass with the flutes and Oboes of OF. You can view it here on our YouTube channel along with other masterclasses and videos from the 2021 season: https://youtu.be/SaEoERttMMo

Here is what some of our students had to say about the class:
Gabi Nowicki (violin): “I really enjoyed everyone’s playing, and Joanna was amazing! It was interesting to hear the wind excerpts, and to keep in mind of what other instrument panelists are listening for.”
Kyle Myrfield (flute): I loved the run-through format for all the excerpts. It was a great wake up call about what you have under control and what needs work. Joanna tied in her years of on-the-job experience which was invaluable, and I enjoyed earning the oboe players as well. It highlighted some interesting differences and similarities.

Le lundi 12 juillet, l’Orchestre de la francophonie avait eu la troisième classe de maître de la saison avec l’invité de marque Kerson Leong. C’était une classe dynamique et vous pouvez la visionner ici : https://youtu.be/iHQBrpEyg44

Voici ce que nos étudiants ont penser de la classe :

Maria Sophia (violon): Pendant le cours de maître, on a seulement pu travailler sur les premières lignes du concerto de Beethoven, mais Kerson Leong m’a donné des pistes de pratique que je peux appliquer à la pratique du concerto en entier et qui m’incitent à être plus créative dans mon jeu. Il a discuté des proportions d’archet et de la manière dont il serait efficace de pratiquer certains passages afin de créer plus d’air dans le son et de rendre certains passages lyriques plus faciles à jouer. La difficulté principale du concerto de Beethoven est de réussir à produire un son de qualité qui va chercher le public, tout en gardant un certain niveau de simplicité dans le phrasé. La densité du son et puis la répartition d’archet pour l’execution de chaque série de notes sont alors des éléments sur lesquels il faut bien travailler afin d’acquérir une sonorité qui reflète le contexte de la composition.

James Watson (Violin): It was a pleasure to be able to play for Kerson again this year, I had the opportunity to participate in the same masterclass last year with him. This year I decided to show the same piece to several of l’orchestres faculty. I showed it to Jean-Philippe Trembley, and Hellene Colerette who both had helpful advice but Kerson Leong talked about getting in touch with the bow hand, which seems to be the theme of this week. Something that Robert Uchida pointed out to me in our allotted lesson earlier this week is that there are violinists who think first of the notes and the left hand and those who think first of the bow and the right hand. Kerson Leong helped give me more insight into what it meant to be bow-hand oriented and how to explore it with this masterclass, where Kerson Leong talked almost entirely about the nuances of the bow hand. Appreciate that Kerson Leong is a patient an encouraging individual.