Europe has its “12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic” and the “Cello Octet Amsterdam”, who have toured the world as concert cellists. Now, it is Montreal’s turn to have its own such concept. With this in mind, Vincent Bélanger created Les 9, a group of 8 young Canadian cellists and a double bassist, assembled as a unique combination of exceptional talents and virtuosity.
“Les 9”, with Vincent Bélanger acting as Music Director, embrace originality and universality in their exploration of the repertoire. Discoveries abound: Ageless classics are revisited or adapted, along with whimsical modern music, in addition to an original composition. The various themes address contemporary issues that concern us all, with the intent to reach new audiences: “The power of projecting ourselves beyond what divides us.”
He was admitted at the Québec Conservatory in 1992, at the age of 13. In 1999, he went to France where he studied with one of the most renowned French cellists, Yvan Chiffoleau, professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM) Lyon, France, where he received the “Cello Master-Class” Diploma as well as 5 Chamber Music prizes. He returned to Québec in 2003 and quickly became involved in Québec’s musical scene through teaching, composing, recording and recitals. In 2011, his first album of mixed repertoire, “Là”, received excellent reviews and became a bestseller on HD Tracks.
His association with Audio Note also began in Québec. Subsequent to his numerous successful activities as soloist and chamber musician for Audio Note UK, he was, in 2016, named Artistic Director of the record company (Audio Note Music ANM) (UK) for which he has recorded : Pure Cello, and Edna Stern. Both albums have enjoyed very successful international distribution and excellent reviews in Europe, Asia and the USA.
As Musical Ambassador of AudioNote UK, he has toured as solo cellist in 5 European countries in 2020, namely France, the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany. Les 9 will bring the pubic a unique experience filled with emotion and discoveries…