La Belle Chapelle hosts first concert of the year
The Belle Chapelle will be hosting pianist Viktor Lazarov for his very first concert of the year, Sunday, Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. He will be joined by Sherbrooke music student David Lecuyer.
Viktor Lazarov is a young, very-curious Canadian-serbian pianist, who explores a musical repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary music. A silver and bronze medalist at the Concours de musique du Royaume en 2017 and 2016, Lazarov also won a scholarship from the OICRM (Interdisciplinary Observatory of Creation and Research) in 2017, as well as from the prestigious 2014 Canada Graduate Scholarship for the Master's level. Through this fellowship, he continued to research JS Bach's keyboard works.
Lazarov has performed internationally in numerous festivals including the New York City International, The University of Florida Keyboard Institute and Festival, the International Piano Festival, and the Burgos Music Festival in Spain. His recordings have been broadcast on radio in the United States and Serbia.
Through his collaborations with contemporary composers, Lazarov has presented world and national premieres of Miodrag Lazarov Pashu, David Clay Mettens, and David Hier, among others. In 2017-2018, he presented his latest program of solo piano recitals Rhythms and Colors of the Balkans in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Orford (Magog).
Lazarov completed his Bachelor's degree in Performance at the University of South Carolina under the direction of Marina Lomazov. Subsequently, he completed a Master's and Graduate Diploma in Performance at the Schulich School of Music of Mcgill University under the direction of Ilya Poletaev. Currently, Lazarov is pursuing a PH.D. in musicology at the Université de Montréal where he works in Dr. Caroline Traube's laboratory on the development of pianists' gestures. Passionate about both pedagogy and performance, Viktor Lazarov never tires of challenging himself in every aspect of his musical career.
Lazarov was the winner of an award for the best project at Orford Music last November. This scholarship was awarded by Father Lindsay Foundation.
Born in Montreal, David Lécuyer began his piano studies at the age of 8. From his first lessons, his teacher encouraged him to push control of the instrument to make a career. In the fall of 2017, he began a bachelor's degree in classical piano at the University of Sherbrooke in the class of Carmen Picard. He then entered competitions where he took the opportunity to stand out. In particular, the Festival-concours de Musique de Sherbrooke, where he was crowned laureate of the concerto section, and received a gold medal in recital, and the Canadian Music Competition, where he took second place in the final in his category with an average of 93 per cent. He currently teaches piano and acts as pianist-accompanist in competitions and concerts. He continues his studies with Carmen Picard and plans to undertake graduate studies outside Quebec.