A brief history of the Quartet
Founded in 1999, the Canadian Guitar Quartet originally consisted of Philip Candelaria, Denis Donegani, Patrick Roux and Louis Trépanier. The second generation of the group was established in 2014, with Bruno Roussel, Julien Bisaillon and Renaud Côté-Giguère as new members. The ensemble is now welcoming Christ Habib and Jérôme Ducharme with huge enthusiasm and is looking forward to the upcoming concert seasons.
Renaud C. Giguère
A composer with a unique sense of harmony and a guitarist with an exquisite tone, Renaud C. Giguère creates music that strikes with emotion and fragility. His compositions are published at Production d’Oz and were recorded by CBC and ATMA classique.
In 2020, Renaud made his European debut as a performer and composer, presenting a program entirely made of his own works. He also participated in the finals of the Portugal International Composition Competition, with his piece Les années syncopées, for solo guitar.
During his studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Renaud has had the opportunity to work on his compositions with the grammy winning artist Sergio Assad. Renaud teaches both in private and at Cégep de Trois-Rivières.
Since winning the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, Jérôme Ducharme has become highly sought for solo recitals, chamber music projects, concerto performance as well as a for teaching. He has been invited to perform in various festivals in Canada, U.S.A and Mexico, and has given concerts for numerous guitar societies and other concert series.
He recorded with Naxos (CD of the month, La Scena Musicale) and a DVD with Melbay (premier recordings of works by canadian composer Maxime McKinley) in addition to participating in CD’s featuring other artists.
Jérôme has taught at McGill University since 2011, and in 2019 began teaching positions at Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and Domaine Forget Summer Academy. His students have won honors in competitions and have success in their professionnal life.
With an exciting and promising carrier in expansion, Christ Habib is becoming well known as an incredibly passionate musician who displays perseverance, discipline, and enthusiasm.
As well as stand-out appearances in numerous national and international competitions, Christ was recently named one of Canada’s Top 30 Classical Musicians Under 30 (2020 edition). In October, 2020 he made his debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, with renowned conductor Alexander Shelley in a performance of Canadian composer Jacques Hétu’s Concerto for Guitar and Strings, Op.56. In 2019, he capped-off 12 years of studying at the Gatineau Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Patrick Roux with a Master’s Degree and the Prize in Chamber Music.
Christ currently teaches in his own private studio.
Over a career that is now well into its third decade, Louis Trépanier has shown himself to be a seasoned chamber musician, occasional soloist, experienced pedagogue, composer and arranger, always with his customary energy and sensitivity.
He is a founding member of the Canadian Guitar Quartet, as well as Trio Tangere. With these two ensembles, as well as through various other collaborations, he has performed on three continents and judged competitions on the national and international levels.
He completed his formal musical education in 1998 at the Conservatoire de musique de Hull with Patrick Roux; Louis also furthered himself by working with leading musicians in masterclasses or in collaboration projects.
Since 2002, he has been teaching at the University of Ottawa’s School of Music, where he is the Coordinator of the Guitar Sector.
The Canadian Guitar Quartet is famous for their mesmerizing performances but the four members are nonetheless experimented teachers. They dedicate themself to share their knowledge and experience with students ranging from beginner to advence, about chamber music as well as solo music.
We are now available for masterclasses (with an audience) and private lessons. Depending on the actual situation we can teach online or in person.