The harpsichordist and organist Luc Beauséjour is known for the elegance, virtuosity, and expressiveness of his playing, which have won him an enthusiastic audience and the continuing praise of critics and music specialists. In the last few years he has won numerous awards in Canada, including 2003 Performer of the Year by the Conseil Québécois de la Musique and two prizes (Record of the Year) at the 2001 and 2006 ADISQ awards. He follows a very active performing schedule in Canada and abroad that has taken him to France, the United States, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, and Bermuda. He has performed in Paris, Boston, Washington D.C., Vienna, Munich, and Montreal, as well as at numerous festivals, including the Festival d’Uzès (France), the Lanaudière International Festival, Orford Festival, the Festival d’Ambronay, the festival Un été à Bourges, the Lamèque Early Music Festival (New Brunswick), and the Vancouver Early Music Festival. He was invited to perform the Goldberg Variations at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto for a CBC commemoration of the great pianist's birthday, testimony to the recognition he has earned as one of Canada’s finest musicians. He is also heard regularly on both CBC and Radio Canada. For Naxos, Analekta, early-music.com et CBC Records/Les Disques SRC, he has recorded some twenty CDs, many of which have won awards and praise from music magazines.
He has given concerts with eminent musicians such as sopranos Agnès Mellon, Donna Brown, Karina Gauvin and Shannon Mercer, the countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, the violinist James Ehnes, conductor and harpsichordist Hervé Niquet, trumpet player Paul Merkelo, oboist Louise Pellerin, and the flautists Claire Guimond and Marie-Céline Labbé, among others. In 1994, Luc Beauséjour founded Clavecin en Concert, a concert series of harpsichord music and chamber music. His performances in this series have included the complete works for harpsichord of Rameau, J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, The Art of Fugue, and Book I of The Well-Tempered Clavier. Since 2001, the organization, whose mission is to promote the harpsichord repertoire, has enjoyed the support of various levels of government and has grown considerably in popularity.
Born in Rawdon, Quebec, Luc Beauséjour holds a Doctorate from the Université de Montréal. He studied harpsichord with Mireille Lagacé, Réjean Poirier and organ with Bernard Lagacé. He also trained in Europe under Ton Koopman and Kenneth Gilbert. First Prize winner of the Erwin Bodky International Harpischord Competition in Boston, he has also won prizes at several other competitions and received a number of grants from the Canada Council and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. He teaches harpsichord and organ in Montreal.
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