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Founded in 1981 in Montreal, Arion Baroque Orchestra is now a cornerstone in the world of early music on period instruments in Quebec and Canada.

The clarity and freshness of Arion’s interpretations have been remarked upon since its first concerts; the delicacy of its readings of well-chosen and varied works has never wavered in more than 35 years. Constant attention to detail has earned the orchestra, led by the enlightened artistic vision of flutist Claire Guimond, a place among the most renowned early music ensembles in North America and throughout the world.

The Orchestra offers a prestigious Montreal concert Series featuring more than twenty musicians and with the participation of internationally known guest conductors. Arion has hosted such celebrated conductors as Stefano Montanari, Jaap ter Linden, Monica Huggett, Christophe Rousset, Barthold Kuijken, Rachel Podger and Elizabeth Wallfisch, to name just a few. Arion has been awarded many prizes and grants and tours regularly in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Japan, as well as Quebec and Canada. Arion now holds an impressive discography of 31 titles.

In 2001, Claire Guimond founded early-music.com, dedicated to furthering excellence on period instruments in early music. Largely centered on Arion recordings, early-music.com contributes undeniably to the prestige of these artists thanks to its international diffusion. For Arion's discography, please browse through the early-music.com website.

PRIZES AND AWARDS

2015

- Opus Prize for the "Cuckoo!" concert awarded by the Quebec Music Council in the category "Concert of the Year - Medieval Music, Renaissance and Baroque" (Quebec)

- Opus Prize for "Les Trésors cachés d'Italie" awarded by the Quebec Music Council in the category "Medieval Music, Renaissance and Baroque" (Quebec)

2014

- Opus Prize for "Prima Donna" awarded by the Quebec Music Council in the category "Medieval Music, Renaissance and Baroque" (Quebec)

2013

- Félix Prize "Album of the year - Classical Vocal Album" for "Prima Donna" awarded by ADISQ (Quebec)

- JUNO Award in the category "Album of the year - Vocal/Choral" for the album "Prima Donna"

2012

- Nomination for the album "La Passion selon Saint Jean" for the Félix in the category "Album of the year - Orchestras and large ensembles", ADISQ (Quebec)

2007

- Opus Award for "Concert of the year in Montreal" for the concert "Plaisirs champêtres" awarded by the Conseil Québécois de la Musique (Québec)

-Opus Award for "Concert of the year" for "Plaisirs champêtres", awarded by the Conseil québécois de la musique in the category "Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Music" (Quebec)

- Nomination for the album "Vivaldi - Chiaroscuro" for the Felix in the category "Album of the year - Soloists and small ensembles" by ADISQ (Quebec)

2006

- Audience award - Concert of the year, received from the Conseil des Arts de Montréal for the tour "Vivaldi - Chiaroscuro" in Montreal during Fall 2005 as part of the CAM on tour

2005

- Nomination for the album "Telemann: Tutti Flauti!" for the Felix in the category "Album of the Year - Orchestras and Large Ensembles," from ADISQ (Quebec)

- Nomination for the album "Telemann: Tutti Flauti!" at the JUNO Awards in the category "Album of the Year - Classic Music, Large Ensembles"

2004

- "Best Canadian Early Music Recording of the Year" Distinction for "Maria Madre di Dio" awarded by Toronto Opus Magazine (Canada)

- Nomination for the album "Maria Madre di Dio" at the OPUS Awards awarded by the Conseil québécois de la musique in the category "Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Music" (Quebec)

2003

- Felix Award for "Album of the Year - Soloists and Small Ensembles" for "Handel - Love Duets" awarded by ADISQ (Quebec)

- OPUS Award for "Record of the Year" for "Handel - Love Duets" awarded by the Conseil québécois de la musique in the category "Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Music" (Quebec)

2002

- Nomination for the album "Handel - Sacred Arias" for the Felix in the category "Album of the Year - Orchestras and Large Ensembles" by ADISQ (Quebec)

- Nomination of Arion Baroque Orchestra as a finalist in the Grand-Prix of the Conseil des Arts de Montréal, which highlights "the excellency of its artistic direction, the exceptional influence of the group, as well as its vision for the future" (Canada)

2002

- Second prize - International Handel Recording Prize for "Handel - Love duets" (United Kingdom)

1999

- Nomination for the album "Jean-Marie Leclair- Concertos" for the Felix in the category "Album of the Year - Orchestras and Large Ensembles," from ADISQ (Quebec)

1997

- Nomination for the album "Bach - Six sonates en trio" for the Felix in the category "Album of the Year - Soloists and Small Ensembles," from ADISQ (Quebec)

1984

- Third prize of the Concours international de Musique de Bruges (Belgium)