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Marie-Christine Poirier and Amélie Fortin

The Duo Fortin-Poirier, featuring the pianists Amélie Fortin and Marie-Christine Poirier, has been heralded as one of the most promising of its generation. Graduates of the Université de Montréal with a master and D.E.S.S. (Specialized graduate diploma) under the direction of Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt and Paul Stewart, the two pianists won several awards and grants individually before making their debut as duettists in 2005. The two developed an extraordinarily powerful ensemble, and with their very similar piano artistry a remarkable intuition was born. Their dynamism does not go unnoticed and their lively explosive style is impressive.

Since its creation, the Duo Fortin-Poirier has given many concerts in Canada as well as abroad. The two pianists are grant winners of the Office Franco-Québécois pour la Jeunesse (2005), the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec (2009-2010), the Canada Council for the Arts (2011-2013), and they have also won First Prize at theConcours de Musique Clermont-Pépin, the Festival de Musique du Royaume as well as the Canada Music Competition.

At the international level, they were finalists in the Concours International de Piano à 4 mains de Valberg (France, 2009) and in the Liszt 200 Chicago International Piano Duos Competition (U.S., 2011). Their brilliant interpretation of John Corigliano’s Gazebo Dances also awarded them a special mention from the jury at the prestigious Concours Grieg – International Piano Competition in Oslo (Norway, 2010). Recently, they won the 2nd price at the Roma International Piano Competition (Italy, 2013).

Very active on the Quebec scene, Amélie Fortin and Marie-Christine Poirier created the Vingts doigts et un piano concert in 2008 and they have since performed it in every corner of Quebec. It was the first classical concert selected to take part in the Entrées en Scène Loto-Québec for 2013-2014. The two pianists were also playing on the ouverture of the prestigious Lanaudière Festival in summer 2015, and they were selected by both Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut to tour in the 2016-17 season.

Their first CD, Vingt doigts et un piano, released at the end of November 2013, and can be heard on Ici Radio-Canada Première, Espace Musique and Radio Classique Montreal and Quebec.