About Us

Ottawa Baroque Consort Players

Founding Members
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 - baroque violin
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.

Laura Nerenberg - baroque violin
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 - baroque cello
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.

Marie Bouchard - harpsichord
Marie Bouchard graduated from McGill University and the Lille Conservatory in France, Her teachers included John Grew, Hank Knox, Jean Boyer and Noëlle Spieth. While in Europe, she participated in accompaniment workshops with Roy Goodman and Jos van Immerseel, through the European Community Baroque Orchestra.

She has since been invited to accompany major ensembles like the MSO, Les Violons du Roy, Tafelmusik, the Opera Atelier of Toronto, the Toronto Consort, and the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal. Marie Bouchard is also very active as a baroque chamber player. She was a member of the quartet Les Boréades from 1991 to 1998 and of Aradia until 2002. Beside concerts with her ensemble Trillium Baroque of Ottawa, she is a member of the Montreal-based ensemble Les Voix Baroques, with which she toured in the Maritimes in 2003, and the Prairies in March 2004. She took part in 2 CD recordings released in 2003: an all-Buxtehude program with Aradia, and an English lamentations' program with Les Voix Baroques. The latter CD won first prize at the Cannes International Classical music awards. With Toronto's Opera Atelier, she has helped, as répétitrice, in the preparation of Monteverdi's Poppea, Charpentier's Médée and Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride.

Summers are filled with various music festivals in Quebec City, Domaine Forget, Lanaudière, Ottawa and Elora. These concerts can be heard regularly on CBC and Radio-Canada.

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