Bach and the Bernardinis


Friday, February 12, 2016 - 20:00
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 16:00
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 14:00
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Works of Bach

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Witness an exuberant and convivial gathering of family and friends around Bach’s instrumental music, quite like he was himself in the habit of doing. The Bernardinis father and daughter, on oboe and violin respectively, join with the Arion family and two of its founding members—Hank Knox on harpsichord and Claire Guimond on flute—to share some of the finest Baroque concertos and orchestral works.


J.S. Bach's portraits, between truth and conjecture

Although only one is rigorously authentic, it is somewhat curious that a great number of portraits supposedly of Bach remain today, given the lack of notoriety he enjoyed in his lifetime. This can be explained by the fact that they have been preciously preserved after his death by his sons and admirers at the moment when his glory stood, which has not been the case for the composers of his time fallen into oblivion after their passing, or by the fact that some paintings showing an unidentified German bourgeois with a severe eye, a short wig and a double chin, have been wrongly considered - only the wealthy are lent to - as representing the great Cantor... The answer in images.



François Filiatrault

Lecturer, writer and consultant in ancient music

François Filiatrault has been for a few decades an artistic advisor and writer for many groups and musicians specialized in Renaissance, baroque and classique repertoires. He also gives lectures on diverse ancient music topics, in connection with History and Art History, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) and diverse cultural organizations. He has designed and codirected a musical audioguide, which, since 2012, accompanies the international art collection of the MMFA. He has recently been Musical commissioner of the exhibit Splendore a Venezia, presented at the MMFA during fall 2013. Mr. Filiatrault also collaborates with the Quebec Music Council as an instructor and a lecturer.


*The lecture will be given in French.

Concert program

Sinfonia in D from the cantata BWV 42           Listen here

Triple concerto for flute, violin and harpsichord in A minor BWV 1044        Listen here

Concerto in C minor for oboe and violin BWV 1060      Listen here

Concerto for violin in A minor BWV 1041

Overture no1 in C BWV 1066       Listen here

Guest Artist(s)

Cecilia Bernardini

Cecilia Bernardini

Born into a musical family, Cecilia Bernardini completed her studies with Jan Repko, Vesko Eschkenazy and Ilya Grubert at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, obtaining the highest mark possible. During her further studies with David Takeno ...

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Hank Knox

Hank Knox

Hailed internationally for his “colorful, kinetic performances,” Hank Knox performs on harpsichord in concert halls, churches, museums, galleries and homes around the globe. A founding member of Montreal’s Arion Baroque Orchestra, with whom he ...

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Claire Guimond

Claire Guimond

Claire Guimond is a leading baroque flautist, recognised first in Canada and now well established on the world scene. She is a founding member and artistic director of the Arion Baroque Orchestra, with which she has frequently toured in North and So...

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Alfredo Bernardini

Alfredo Bernardini

Born in Rome in 1961, Alfredo Bernardini moves to The Netherlands in 1981 to specialize in baroque oboe and early music with, among others, Bruce Haynes and Ku Ebbinge. In 1987, he receives his soloist diploma from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague...

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