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Monday, March 22, 2021, 7–9 pm ET

Vincent Lauzer: Trio Sonatas

The Canadian recorder virtuoso plays Vivaldi and French baroque sonatas

Vincent LauzerRévélation Radio-Canada 2013–2014 and Breakthrough Artist of the Year (2012 Opus Awards), recorder player Vincent Lauzer graduated from McGill University, where he studied with Matthias Maute. He is the artistic director of the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival in New-Brunswick. In October 2018, his recording of Vivaldi's concertos with Arion Baroque Orchestra was awarded a Diapason d'Or by the French magazine Diapason.

Winner of several prizes in national and international competitions, he has been awarded the Fernand Lindsay Career Award, a scholarship given to a young promising Canadian musician for the development of an international career. Vincent received the Béatrice-Kennedy-Bourbeau Award at the Prix d’Europe 2015. In 2012, he won the First Prize at the Stepping Stone of the Canadian Music Competition and the Career Development Award from the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto. In 2009, he was awarded the First Prize and the Audience Appreciation Prize in the Montreal International Recorder Competition. Vincent is a member of Flûte Alors! and Les Songes, two ensembles with which he has toured Eastern Canada with Jeunesses Musicales Canada. Vincent regularly performs as a soloist with Arion Baroque Orchestra, La Bande Montréal Baroque, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and Les Violons du Roy. He has played in various series and festivals in Canada and in the United States as well as in Mexico, France, Germany, Spain and Belgium. Vincent teaches at the Université du Québec à Montréal, at CAMMAC music camp, for the Montreal Recorder Society, for the Toronto Early Music Players Organization and at Université de Montréal’s École des jeunes.

In his Music of the Americas debut, Lauzer is joined by a stellar group of early music specialists in a delightful concert of Trio Sonatas by Vivaldi and two of his French contemporaries. The concert was recorded in December in Quebec.


  • Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741), "Trio sonata in a minor, RV 86"
  • Nicolas Chédeville (1705–1782), "Sonata in G major (orig. A major), op. 13, no. 4, RV 59"
  • Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689–1755), "Trio sonata in A minor, op. 37, no.5" and "Trio sonata in E minor, op. 36, no. 3"


  • Vincent Lauzer, recorder
  • Mathieu Lussier, baroque bassoon
  • Amanda Keesmaat, baroque cello
  • Mélisande McNabney, harpsichord
  • Sylvain Bergeron, archlute and baroque guitar

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 Thursday, June 10, 2021, 7–9 pm ET

Jonatan Alvarado and Ariel Abramovich


The Argentine early music specialists explore sixteenth-century Guatemalan musical manuscripts

Jonatan and Ariel webJonatan Alvarado is an Argentine singer and guitarist currently living in Spain who specializes in early music. In collaboration with guitarist Ariel Abramovich, Alvarado explores a beautiful, mysterious musical manuscript compiled in northwest Guatemala in the late sixteenth century. The manuscripts were used in Santa Eulalia, San Juan Ixcoi, and San Mateo Ixtatan in the department of Huehuetenango. Some of the pieces are signed by maestros de capilla Francisco de León and Tomás Pascual, and there are also anonymous pieces alongside compositions by the popular European composers of the time, including Claudin de Sermissy and Philippe Verdelot.

This program explores the repertoire through a dialogue with contemporary European collections, including the famous Cancionero de Upsala, the tablature collections by Pierre Attaignant, with special emphasis on pieces that are exclusive to the Guatemalan books.

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GEMAS is a collaboration of Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS) and Americas Society (AS). The concert series' mission is to present the finest early music repertoire and artists of the Americas.