Photo by Thierry Gauthier
The French-Canadian piano duo of Amélie Fortin and Marie-Christine Poirier was brought to our attention by frequent Rose Avenue performer Mimi Blais, who give them her highest praise — and when Mimi recommends someone, we listen.
The two young pianists won several awards and grants individually before making their debut as a duo in 2005. Since that time, they have toured through Canada and abroad, gathering attention and prizes along the way. Most recently, they took second place at Italy’s renowned Roma International Piano Competition.
Playing four hands on one piano, they bring their lively, explosive style to a classical repertoire ranging from Mozart to Gershwin. They are not yet well known in the United States, so take this opportunity to see them in an intimate environment before they start filling large concert halls.
“The ears of the audience were first caressed by silky notes, a light music reminiscent of a flowing stream on a beautiful summer day.… It was fascinating to watch the pianists moving in unison while gliding their fingers over the keyboard. Enchanting.”
—Canadian newspaper Le Quotidien