Ottawa Baroque Consort Players
|Paule Préfontaine||Laura Nerenberg||Olivier Henchiri||Marie Bouchard|
Past Guest Artists
|Olivier Fortin||Chelsea Honeyman||Simon Honeyman||Kevin James|
|Gillian Keith||Jaak Lorius||Chantal Rémillard||Nicole Trotier|
|Olivier Brault||Grégoire Jeay||Matthew Jennejohn||John Abberger|
|Adrian Butterfield||Shannon Mercer||Ann Monoyios||Lana Tomlin|
|Andrew Burn||Matthew White||Amanda Keesmaat|
Paule Préfontaine has lived in the Ottawa region since 2001 and has been active in the chamber music scene and regularly plays with the National Arts Orchestra, 13 Strings, and Ottawa Symphony. She has enjoyed a versatile career as recitalist, soloist, orchestral player, chamber musician, having performed throughout Canada, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Ireland and Finland, and in broadcasts on CBC Radio and for the Norwegian Radio Kringkasting.
As a member of the renowned Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, she toured Europe, Canada and the United States, appearing as soloist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In her orchestral career, she has been concertmaster of Orchestre des Concerts Symphoniques de Gatineau, MusikBarok Ensemble of Winnipeg, Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre des Jeunes du Québec. In addition, she was assistant concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra from 1988 to 1993.
She currently plays in Quatuor Lumière, a string quartet that specialize in classical period repertoire. She is also a member of Ensemble Prisme and the Ottawa Baroque Consort. Mrs. Préfontaine is an active teacher both privately and as an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa.
A native of Montreal, violinist Laura Nerenberg began violin studies at the age of three. She obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Music degree from the Hartt School in Connecticut. Her principal teachers were John Gomez, Mitchell Stern and Katie Lansdale. Laura completed Suzuki Pedagogy training with Teri Einfeldt at the Hartt School.
Laura has been the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra's Principal Second Violin since 2006. Prior to holding that post, she was the orchestra's Assistant Concertmaster for six years. Always inspired to push musical boundaries, Laura has delved into the musical worlds of jazz and improvisation as well as Baroque performance with the newly formed Ottawa Baroque Consort. In addition to performing all over the National Capital region, Laura teaches Suzuki Violin to thirty students aged three to twenty.
Olivier Henchiri studied with Anne Contant at the Conservatory of Music in Gatineau, where he completed his Concours and was awarded "le prix en violoncelle" in 2000. Olivier also placed second at the national finals of the Canadian Music Competition in the chamber music category, and he was awarded the Quebec Lieutenant Governor’s Award for excellence. Also a scholarship recipient of the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Olivier participated in the intensive Baroque program three times, where he studied Baroque cello with Christina Mahler.
Olivier has played with ensembles such as the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and l'Orchestre des concerts symphoniques de Gatineau, and he has been heard at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Ottawa Valley Festival and other Ottawa venues. In 2005, he co-founded the Ottawa Baroque Consort, an ensemble that performs Baroque and Classical music on period instruments, with which he plays regularly. You can also catch Olivier occasionally in other ensembles of various sizes and styles.
For Baroque music, Olivier plays on a German Baroque cello dated 1725 generously loaned by the Paul Hahn Fund.