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Chamberfest : Ottawa international chamber music festival

July 22, 2015 | By francecanadaculture Canada

In 1994, the idea of a chamber music festival in Ottawa came to life to remedy the meager availability of live classical music during the summer months and fill the city’s churches with splendid sounds. Ottawa Chamberfest started life as the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival with 22 concerts in two churches and was an immediate hit. Growing steadily over the years, for the 2015 edition, it's more than 450 musicians who will play nearly 100 concerts in the most beautiful churches in the city from July 23 to August 6, 2015.

More than concerts, a suite of stunningly innovative theatrical events and multimedia spectacles will take place.

All the programming here

French touch

* Augustin Dumay *

Augustin Dumay, the “legitimate heir to the royal Belgian line of Ysaye, Dubois and Grumiaux” (The Strad Magazine), makes his much-anticipated return to Chamberfest with a robust account of the repertoire’s greatest violin sonatas: Beethoven’s seventh, Brahms’ third, and Debussy’s in G minor. Dumay spices up the evening with Ravel’s hot-blooded Tzigane. Perfection!


Augustin Dumay – violin
Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden – piano


Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor Op. 108
Debussy: Violin Sonata in G minor, L. 140
Ravel: Tzigane
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30, no. 2

Date and place

Friday 24 July at 7p.m.

Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper Street, Ottawa

* Nesrallah and Léonardelli *

Juno-nominated classical harpist Caroline Léonardelli and Toronto-based mezzo-soprano and CBC radio host Julie Nesrallah recreate a French salon concert from the Impressionist period. The program features solo harp works by major French composers from Caroline’s latest recording, and songs by French composers including Reynaldo Hahn and Claude Debussy.


Julie Nesrallah – mezzo-soprano
Caroline Léonardelli – harp/harpe


Busser: Pièce de Concert, Op. 32
Hahn: À Chloris
Hahn: Infidélité
Hahn: L’Enamourée
Grandjany: Rhapsodie, Op. 10
Debussy: Fleur des Blés
Debussy: Beau Soir
Renié: Deuxième Ballade
Tournier: La lettre du Jardinier
Godefroid: Étude de Concert en Mi Bémol mineur, Op. 193
Ravel: Cinq Mélodies Grecques

Date and place

Saturday 02 August, 11a.m.

Beechwood, the National Cemetery of Canada, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa

Contact and information

613 234-8008

4 Florence Street, Suite 201
Ottawa ON K2P 0W7 Canada
Monday – Wednesday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday – Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM