Flute, Artistic Director

The fluidity and sensitivity of her playing and the richness of her sound incited the musicians of Pentaèdre to invite Ariane Brisson to join the ensemble in 2016. Since 2019, she has also served as Pentaèdre’s Artistic Director.

For close to twenty years, Ariane Brisson’s curiosity and creativity have been at the heart of her numerous artistic achievements. Selected in 2019 as one of the CBC’s “30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30,” this young flutist stands out for the refinement of her interpretations. As Principal Flute with the Grands Ballets Canadiens Orchestra and the Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville, and as a regular collaborator with Les Violons du Roy chamber orchestra, she has performed throughout North America as well as in Europe and Asia. In recent seasons, Ariane Brisson has been invited to perform as a soloist with the Trois-Rivières and Drummondville symphony orchestras and with the Neues Zürcher Orchester. A passionate chamber musician, since 2015 she has enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with pianist Olivier Hébert-Bouchard. Together, the two artists have toured Canada (Jeunesses Musicales Canada, 2017–2018) and produced an album (Burlesques) in addition to being selected as finalists for the Opus Prize in the category “Concert of the Year: Modern and Contemporary Music” (2016–2017).

Photo of Ariane Brisson
Credit: Martin Girard/Shoot Studio

After completing her studies at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal under Marie-Andrée Benny, Ariane went on to refine her craft with flutist Mathieu Dufour in Chicago with the generous support of the Prix d’Europe, which she won in 2013. Her personal reflections on transverse flute performance and pedagogy led to doctoral studies in the Faculty of Music at the Université de Montréal under the tutelage of Jean-François Rivest and Michel Duchesneau. Since 2019, she teaches flute and gives lectures at that same institution.

Ariane Brisson wishes to extend special thanks to the Prix d’Europe Foundation (2013), the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (CALQ), the Sylva-Gelber Foundation, the Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM), and to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) — all of which have proven essential to her ambitions and various artistic projects. Ariane plays both on a Yamaha transverse flute made of grenadilla wood, as well as on a Powell 10K flute graciously loaned by Canimex Inc. (Drummondville, Canada), property of the patron Roger Dubois.