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10.16.13
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Les Violons du Roy concert at Strathmore: Stellar early-music ensemble’s time to shine
Washington Post
02.01.12
Maurice Steger, Les Violons du Roy
An exciting trip back in musical time with Les Violons du Roy
The Morning Call
01.30.12
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Les Violons du Roy, recorder soloist Maurice Steger light up Shriver Hall
Baltimore Sun
01.29.12
Maurice Steger, Les Violons du Roy
Maurice Steger, Violons du Roy offer thrilling baroque playing at Rackham
AnnArbor.com
02.02.11
Bramwell Tovey, James Ehnes, The Knights , Les Violons du Roy
THE KNIGHTS, JAMES EHNES LES VIOLONS DU ROY & BRAMWELL TOVEY NOMINATED FOR JUNO AWARDS
Juno Awards
12.16.09
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Handel's 'Messiah' at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles Times
12.13.09
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Alongside an Old Standard, Sounds That Were Made for the Christmas Season
The New York Times
09.24.09
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Mozart as Mozart heard it
The Globe & Mail
06.16.09
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Tel Aviv Classical Music Scene gets Canadian Treat
Jewish Tribune
05.29.09
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie handles CSO with aplomb
Chicago Tribune
05.16.09
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Handle lineup of fervor, finesse
San Francisco Chronicle
05.09.09
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SF Symphony does Haydn concerto
San Francisco Chronicle
04.05.09
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Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Canadians
Los Angeles Times
02.09.09
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Les Violons du Roy musicians uplift in unison at Troy Hall
Times Union
02.08.09
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Les Violons offer lively Baroque music at Troy
Daily Gazette
12.23.08
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Merry Christmas, and make it snappy
The Gazette (Montreal)
11.05.08
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Bartok – Divertimento; Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste; Romanian Folk Dances
Whole Note
The chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy borrows its name from the renowned string orchestra of the court of the French kings. The group, which has a core membership of fifteen players, was brought together in 1984 by music director Bernard Labadie and specializes in the vast repertoire of music for chamber orchestra, performed in the stylistic manner most appropriate to each era. Although the ensemble plays on modern instruments, its approach to the works of the Baroque and Classical periods has been strongly influenced by current research into performance practice in the 17th and early 18th centuries; in this repertoire Les Violons du Roy uses copies of period bows. The orchestra has been widely acclaimed for the exceptional energy, brilliance and vitality of its performances. In recent seasons, under the leadership of first guest conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni, the orchestra has begun to explore 19th and 20th century repertoire in more depth.

Les Violons du Roy is at the heart of the music scene in Québec City, where it has been in residence at the Palais Montcalm since 2007. The orchestra is well known throughout Canada thanks to the numerous concerts and recordings broadcast by Société Radio-Canada and CBC, and its regular presence at music festivals. Les Violons du Roy first performed in Europe in 1988 and has since given dozens of concerts in France, Germany, England, Spain and the Netherlands, with internationally-renowned soloists including Magdalena Kozená, David Daniels and Vivica Genaux. The orchestra has been asked to perform twice at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. A new European tour has been planned for fall 2011. ... read full bio