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04.16.15
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"Before Bach": A Best Case Performance of Purcell's Dido
Musical America
04.13.15
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Purcell's Elaborate Scores, Elegantly Executed at Carnegie Hall
New York Times
03.27.15
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Review: Les Violons du Roy
Santa Fe New Mexican
03.12.15
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Les Violons Du Roy silky smooth at Williams Center
The Morning Call
03.11.15
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Les Violons Du Roy @ Troy Music Hall
Times Union
11.23.14
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Mozart, Haydn: Jeunehomme review – Alexandre Tharaud on exhilarating form
The Guardian
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
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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
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Maurice Steger, Violons du Roy offer thrilling baroque playing at Rackham
AnnArbor.com
02.02.11
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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
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The chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy takes 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 founding conductor 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 18th centuries; in this repertoire Les Violons du Roy uses copies of period bows. The orchestra also regularly delves into the repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries, as witnessed by its recordings of works by Piazzolla, Bartók, and Britten.

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. Since 1997, it has also been an important part of Montreal’s cultural scene. The orchestra is well known throughout Canada thanks to numerous concerts and recordings broadcast by Société Radio-Canada and the CBC and its regular presence at music festivals. Les Violons du Roy made its European debut in 1988 and has since gone on to give dozens of performances in France, Germany, England, Spain, Switzerland, Slovenia, and the Netherlands in the company of such renowned soloists as Magdalena Kožená, David Daniels, Vivica Genaux, and Alexandre Tharaud, including two guest appearances at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. The orchestra has also toured in Mexico, Ecuador, and Morocco. A recent highlight in the ensemble’s history was its acclaimed performance at the Berlin Philharmonie with Magdalena Kožená during its January 2014 European tour, which also included stops in London, Brussels, and Paris ... read full bio