marina thibeault

Introducing Marina Thibeault

Photo: Matthew Perrin

Photo: Matthew Perrin

The UBC School of Music is pleased to announce that Marina Thibeault will join the faculty as Assistant Professor of Viola and Chamber Music, beginning in the 2019–20 academic year.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Marina Thibeault to UBC. A versatile and accomplished musician, she promises to bring great energy and artistry to this position, and will be in a position to make profound contributions for years to come,” said Dr. Alexander Fisher, Acting Director of the School of Music.

A renowned Canadian violist, Thibeault has won numerous honours and distinctions, including prizes from the Père-Lindsay Foundation (2017), "Révélation Radio-Canada" (2016-2017), CBC’s “30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30” (2016), and the Sylva Gelber Foundation (2016). She has released two albums, Toquade (2017) and ELLES (2018), to critical acclaim. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a master’s degree from McGill University, where she is currently completing her doctoral studies.

“The School of Music has a long and exciting history of producing some of Canada’s top violists and we feel very fortunate to have Marina to carry on this tradition. Ms. Thibeault brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to our division and will be a wonderful addition to the School of Music. The future certainly looks bright for the School!” added Prof. Jasper Wood, head of the School’s Strings Division.

Thibeault will play an important role at the School of Music. Her duties will include undergraduate and graduate studio instruction, chamber music coaching and coordination, and the development of strings curriculum. She will also support and strengthen the School of Music’s close ties to the Vancouver music community, working with our team of VSO principals and other top musicians in the city.

“I am thrilled and honoured to join the established and innovative UBC School of Music as Assistant Professor of Viola and Chamber Music,” she said. “I very much look forward to working and collaborating with the outstanding faculty and students, developing research and contributing to the rich music scene of Vancouver and British Columbia!"

Her début recital at UBC will happen on Oct. 9th at Roy Barnett Recital Hall, as part of the School of Music’s Wednesday Noon Hour series.

 Welcome to UBC, Marina!


WATCH: Marina Thibeault performs Ana Sokolovic’s Prelude

 

ABOUT MARINA THIBEAULT

Marina Thibeault holds numerous honours and distinctions, including prizes from the Père-Lindsay Foundation (2017), "Révélation Radio-Canada" (2016-2017), CBC’s “30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30” (2016), and the Sylva Gelber Foundation (2016). She won first prize in the string category of Prix d’Europe (2015), the McGill Concerto Competition (2015), the Radio-Canada “Young Artist” prize (2007) as well a special prize at the Beethoven Hradec International Viola Competition (2008).

Marina's first album, Toquade, was released in April 2017 on the ATMA label and was nominated for Album of the Year at the ADISQ (2017) and the Prix Opus (2018). ELLES, her second opus, was recently released on March 2018, and has been critically acclaimed. Her 2017-2018 solo debuts include the "Orchestre Métropolitain," the Agora Symphony, the Appassionata Chamber Orchestra, and the "Orchestre Symphonique de Drummondville."

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with professors Michael Tree and Roberto Diaz, and a Master’s degree with André Roy at McGill University, where she is completing her doctoral studies and served as viola and chamber music instructor. Since the summer of 2018, Marina has coordinated the chamber music program at Domaine Forget, QC, where she will also begin teaching viola in the summer of 2019.

This summer, Marina will be the soloist in residence of the Orchestre de la Francophonie, with conductor Jean-Philippe Tremblay. You can hear her in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Kerson Leong and in Gilles Tremblay’s En Partage at the Domaine Forget and at the National Arts Center. 2019-2020 highlights include Harold in Italy with the Orchestre Métropolitain and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, a tour of the Vasks Concerto with the Agora Chamber Orchestra and Nicolas Ellis, a Prairie Debut tour with the Trio Saint-Laurent and the start of a new position as Assistant Professor of viola at the UBC School of Music.

Marina plays on an 1767 Carlo Ferdinand Landolfi, with a W.E Hill Sons bow, generously loaned by Canimex.