Nathalie Camus is a violinist of the highest calibre, whose career path is as diverse as it is impressive.

A native of Montreal, Nathalie Camus studied in the United States at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, and went on to perfect her skills in Europe under the tutelage of some of the great names in chamber music. Her resounding success was soon felt on her return to Quebec, where she became a member of the Detroit Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and Les Violons du Roy. But it was in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean that she left her lasting mark! From 1989 to 2018, Nathalie Camus held the position of solo violin with the Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean and was a member of the Alcan Quartet (which became the Quatuor Saguenay in 2017), with whom she toured North America, Europe and Asia. A violin teacher at the Conservatoire de musique de Saguenay, Nathalie Camus is renowned for her teaching skills. Her extensive experience in chamber music and music teaching will certainly make her chamber music lessons at CAMMAC a memorable experience!

 

A renowned cellist, David Ellis attended some of the most prestigious music schools in the United States, including Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute.

Following his studies, he became a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in Missouri, before joining the prestigious I Musici de Montréal ensemble in 1988. His musical career took a major turn in 1989, when he founded the Quatuor Alcan, now known as the Quatuor Saguenay. He also held the position of principal cello with the Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean. Recognized for his teaching skills and artistic vision, David Ellis teaches cello at the Conservatoire de musique de Saguenay and has been artistic director of the Rendez-vous musical de Laterrière since 2015, in addition to being artistic director of the Camp Musical du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean since 2016. David Ellis undoubtedly has many strings to his bow, as he combines skills as an instrumentalist, chamber musician, teacher and artistic director. Chamber music lessons with David Ellis will undoubtedly be exciting, enhanced by his sense of humor and bon vivant personality. Keep your eyes peeled, and maybe you’ll see him swapping his cello for a banjo?

 

Last fall, David Ellis and Nathalie Camus were awarded the Quebec Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal, a distinction in recognition of their talent and impressive careers.

Nathalie and David retired from the Quatuor Saguenay last spring, but they continue to be involved in passing on their passion to the next generation, and to musicians of all levels.

They will be with us at the CAMMAC Music Center during the Bach+ Weekend (Friday, May 17 to Monday, May 20, 2024) to teach chamber music, along with Claire Marchand and Myriam Bernard. In addition to chamber music, the program includes choral music, recorder lessons and active listening, as well as yoga sessions to help you relax and recharge throughout the weekend. There are still a few places remaining for the weekend, so don’t delay… Reserve today!