La Belle Chapelle hosts first con­cert of the year

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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.

David Lacuyer

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.

(COUR­TESY)

Vik­tor La­zorov

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