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Melisande Sinsoulier

Classical Piano - Level 6

Melisande Sinsoulier

French pianist Mélisande Sinsoulier is a versatile and sought-after artist. She has been seen on Canadian and European scenes as a soloist, collaborative pianist and chamber musician. Recent appearances include performances at the 21C Music Festival in Toronto, Toronto Summer Festival, Toronto Nuit Blanche Festival, the Sacred Music Festival in Quebec City, Heraklion Nuit Blanche Festival, Heraklion Sacred Music Festival, Casa dei Mezzo Chamber Music Festival (Greece),…

Mélisande has been noticed for her "sensitivity, attentiveness, and most of all the beautiful sounds she made on the Steinway"... [Her playing is] "the kind of accompaniment that transcends piano accompaniment and puts the piano part on a level with the singing without fighting the singer"... [with] "complete mastery"... "colourful sounds" and "quite inspired pianism".

She is a laureate of various competitions including the Gwendolyn Williams Koldovsky Prize in Accompanying, the Paris Scriabin Competition, the Albert Roussel International Competition (France), the Jeunes Musiciens Chamber Music Competition (Belgium) and a recipient of numerous awards.

She holds a Bachelor in Piano Performance, Chamber Music and Accompaniment from the Conservatoire National de Musique de Rennes (France), a Master Degree in Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy and Chamber Music from the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Bruxelles (Belgium) and she furthered her studies in the Graduate Department of Collaborative Piano at the Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto (Canada).

Her mentors include Robert Plantard (France), Pierre Froment (pupil of Alfred Cortot), Romano Pallottini (pupil of Lazar Berman), Evgeny Moguilevsky (pupil of Heinrich Neuhaus). More recently, her growing passion for poetry and her fascination for the marriage of words and music have motivated her to seek advice from Art Song specialist Steven Philcox (Canada). She was privileged to play for world renowned artists such as Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Jacques Rouvier, Soile Isokoski, Catherine Winn-Rodgers and Barbara Hannigan.

Her communicative personality and passion for her art have led her to positions as a pedagogue and collaborator at York University in Toronto (Piano instructor for Undergraduate students, Pianist for Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Men's Choir and Women's Choir), Faculty of Music of University of Toronto (Pianist for German Lieder Class, French Mélodie Class, Oratorio Class, Women's Choir and Private Singing Studios), Conservatoire National de Musique de Rennes (Piano instructor, Pianist for Private Singing Studios, Pianist for Ballet and Contemporary Dance Classes).