July 8th- Geneviève Soly
JULY 8 — GENEVIÈVE SOLY, HARPSICHORD : MOTHER NATURE
This great harpsichordist will perform a program evoking birds, animals and other sounds of nature. What better music for a Sunday morning on the shores of Lake MacDonald?
Born into a family of renowned Québécois musicians, Geneviève Soly was eight years old when she realised that she was going to be a performer. This revelation came while she was listening to an LP recording of Sviatoslav Richer playing Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke. Schumann remains the composer dearest to her heart .
Her passion for the baroque period led her to found Les Idées Heureuses in 1987. This Montreal organization has produced more than 200 concerts, and presented more than 400. In this context, she has also programmed several festivals and organized two harpsichord competitions.
Geneviève Soly is both a performer and a musicologist whose active career as a harpsichordist parallels her work on the development of the Graupner Project and her role as musical and artistic director of Les Idées Heureuses.