Kanata Symphony Orchestra
Music Director: YVES LACOURSIERE
Well known and appreciated at first as a saxophonist, Yves has become a highly respected professor of music, a multi-instrumentalist, and a conductor.
He started his musical training at an early age during his stay in Peru with his family. Not only did he learn Spanish but he also developed a taste for the South American culture.
Upon returning to Canada, he discovered the world of jazz and musical improvisation.
In 1991, the Gatineau Conservatory recognized his talent and he was accepted in Noël Samyn’s saxophone class. During his studies, Yves participated on various competitions collecting prizes and grants, at the Canada Music Competitions.
In 1999, he was honored to receive the prestigious « Prix en saxophone » from the Gatineau’s Conservatory. He then decided to
pursue his musical training which led him to complete a Master's degree at Université de Montréal in orchestral conducting.
Yves has been conducting the Kanata Symphony Orchestra since 2004. He continues to perform very actively as a saxophonist and as the vocal and musical director of « Le Chœur de l’île », regional choir.
Holds a Master's of Music degree Glinka State Conservatory in Russia. Anna performed with the Nizhny Novgorod State Philharmonic Orchestra for several years as a first violinist and played with other orchestras which toured France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, and Scandinavia.
She also taught violin to secondary school students.
Among the highlights of her artistic career are performances with M. Rostropovich and Y. Bashmet.
In Canada, Anna continues teaching at music schools, giving private lessons, and performing with the Pembroke Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Toronto, the Oshawa Symphony, the Brampton Symphony and the Kanata Symphony Orchestra among others.
The Kanata Symphony would also like to thank all the professional musicians and
students from University of Ottawa's School of Music who give us a hand at our