A native of Montreal, Marc-Andre began his orchestral career with the concertmaster position in the Jacksonville (Florida) symphony. In short order he became associate concertmaster of the Columbus (Ohio) symphony and then assistant concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony where he has been tenured for 20 years. A graduate (Master’s degree in music) of the Juilliard school in New York City, Marc-Andre furthered his studies in Belgium and Austria. While in Salzburg he was asked to join the Camerata Academica chamber orchestra led by legendary violin pedagogue Sandor Vegh. This led to European and Asian tours as well as several acclaimed compact discs of the works of Mozart. Marc-Andre has appeared as soloist in several concert halls including Carnegie Hall in New York, Place Des Arts in Montreal and Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.
As a chamber musician he has collaborated with many prominent artists such as Louis Lortie, Christian Tetzlaf and Andreas Haefliger. Many of these concerts have been broadcast by the CBC, where Marc-Andre made his solo debut at the age of 17 in the series ”Les Jeunes Artistes”.
Marc-Andre is very involved in the Toronto music scene, where he wears several different hats. He is as likely to be heard playing at a local church, as he is to be in a recording studio working on a television commercial or feature film soundtrack. He is also devoting more and more time to teaching and coaching instrumentalists from the quite young to the postgraduate.
You have a good chance to run into him at Sherwood Park where he might be walking the dog with his wife Birgitta and their daughter Isabelle.
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