Visiting Artists

Visiting Artist Series
Anne Robert, violin

2016 AnneRobert.inddVisiting Artists Anne Robert, violin, and Jean-François Latour, piano, present a recital in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. On Tuesday, April 12 at 4:15pm on the artists also offer master classes in which talented Williams music students play for and are guided by the visiting artists. Concurrent with the violin master class in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, pianist Jean-François Latour will also lead a master class in Chapin Hall. These free events are open to the public.

Their program includes three Sonatas: Sonata op. 23, no. 4 in A Minor by Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata op. 108 no. 3 in D Minor by Johannes Brahms, and Sonata in A Major by César Franck.

Anne Robert, violin

Violinist Anne Robert is renowned for her “sensibility, warm sound, dexterity and elegant phrasing” (The Strad Magazine, London). She enjoys an active career as a chamber musician and regularly plays in Canada, Europe, Asia and the United States. First violin of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal for twelve years, she is a member of the Trio Hochelaga, which she founded in 2000. Anne Robert also gives recitals with organist Jacques Boucher and was artistic director of the Maison Trestler Summer Festival for seven years. She has created “Continuum”, an artistic and medical project which supports people with genetic susceptibility that can lead to cancer.

Anne Robert’s discography contains more than thirty titles which reveal her vast and varied repertoire and her particular affinity with French post-romantic music. Among those recordings are some first editions of works by composers such as Dubois, Tournemire, Huré, Lazzari, Vierne and Migot. She regularly gives masterclasses and serves on juries, notably for the Montreal International Music Competition and the Tibor Varga Competition (Switzerland). She was awarded many grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and has the ongoing support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and of the Conseil des arts de Montréal for her different artistic projects.

She received the highest diplomas in interpretation from Indiana University, the Royal Academy of Music of London and the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Her teachers were Josef Gingold , Manoug Parikian and Taras Gabora for the violin and Menahem Pressler, Janos Starker, Gyorgy Sebok and Otto Joachim for chamber music.

Renowned pedagogue, she teaches at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and at the International Summer Academy of the Orford Arts Center. She plays on a 1738 Carlo Antonio Testore violin.

Jean-François Latour, piano

Canadian pianist Jean-François Latour has established a reputation as a poetic and imaginative artist with brilliant technique and a strong personal voice who can communicate across cultures and generations. Leon Fleisher, with whom he studied at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, calls Latour “a highly gifted and intelligent artist with fine musical instincts.” His rapidly growing prominence on the international scene brought M. Latour engagements in Paris, Toulouse, Geneva, Hamburg, Brussels, Washington, Baltimore, and Chicago. He has also played in China, in Japan, and in South Africa. As an active performer in Canada and in the United States, Jean-François Latour is regularly invited by several orchestras and festivals. M. Latour’s live performances have been broadcast by the Radio Suisse-Romande, Radio Audizioni Italiane, Radio-Télévision Belge de langue Française, Chicago Classical Radio, Vermont Public Radio, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. M. Latour is currently professor at the Université de Sherbrooke.