MOTARD, THE WORSHIPING CELLIST
in Cornwall, Ontario, Thérèse Motard graduated with
First Prizes in solo interpretation and chamber music performance
from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal.
her tenure at the Conservatoire and with bursaries from the Canada
Council of the Arts, she pursued advanced cello studies in New York
with Bernard Greenhouse, Zara Nelsova and Lynn Harrell.
Motard is the winner of several prizes: La fondation des amis de
l'art, the National Competitive Festival of Music sponsored by CIBC
(grand award) and the prize Cécile-Mesnard-Pomerleau sponsored
by the JMC, all prizes for chamber music.
1979, Madame Motard wins the position of principal cellist of the
Orchestre des jeunes du Québec where two years later she
performs as soloist. In 1980, Thérèse Motard took
the position of principal cellist with both the Orchestre Métropolitain
de Montréal (six years) and the Orchestre de chambre de Radio-Canada.
She also played with the Montreal Symphony for two years.
1987 she was appointed principal cellist with the Jeunes Virtuoses
de Montréal and with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She has
performed frequently as a soloist with numerous Canadian ensembles
such as The New
Toronto Chamber Music Orchestra (1973), Orchestre des jeunes du
Québec, L'Orchestre Métropolitain, Les jeunes virtuoses
and has appeared in the capacity of chamber musician throughout
the country and abroad.
was a member of the Riverdale String Quartet, The Riverdale String
Trio and Piano Trio, Durand-Derouin-Motard Piano Trio, Trio Plus,
Morency Quartet, L'Ensemble St-Louis de France, the Claudel Quartet
and the Arthur Leblanc Quartet. Since the beginning of her career
she has produced many records and is heard frequently on Radio-Canada
and on CBC.
1998 and 1999 she was invited to coach the World Youth Orchestra
of the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. As well, Thérèse
Motard was principal cellist of the highly acclaimed chamber music
ensemble "La Pieta" for six years.
participates in numerous chamber music concerts, solo concerts and
classical/worship concerts. She taught at the music
faculty of l'Université de Montréal for sixteen years and at Grenville
Motard's ministry is based in Cornwall.
Motard was the musical director of the Riverdale Chamber Music Series
2000 which was sponsored by the Canada Arts Council and took place
in the Cornwall Ontario area. This series brought together professional
musicians who were born and raised in Cornwall and now pursue careers
in various parts of the world as well as invited well-known guest
of the Birds" - Cello Favourites and "Chopin" are
two of Madame Motard's most popular classical CDs. They feature
pianist Louise-Andrée Baril and herself and are among some
30 others in which she proudly has had a major collaboration.
Motard’s latest CDs and most important ones are «It
Is Well with My Soul»,«In the Garden»,volumes
one and two and «Hope-Espoir-Hatikva».