Photo: Matthew Perrin

Photo: Matthew Perrin

Marina Thibeault

Assistant Professor of Viola

B.Mus. (Curtis), M.Mus. (McGill)

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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 by the ADISQ and Prix Opus for “album of the year”. Her critically acclaimed second album, ELLES, was released on March 8th 2018, and honors women pioneers in composition, pedagogy, and performance from Clara Schumann to today.

Marina has appeared internationally as a soloist with the North Czech Philharmonic, the Mariánské Lázně Symphony Orchestra, the Santiago Chamber Orchestra, as well as in recital at the Verbier festival and in Québec with the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Appassionata Chamber Orchestra, and the Drummondville Symphony, to mention a few.



WATCH: Marie Thibeault performs Rebecca Clarke’s Sonata with pianist Marie-Ève Scarfone


An avid chamber musician, Marina has collaborated with members of the Guarneri Quartet, the Cleveland Quartet, Charles-Richard Hamelin, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, and Johannes Moser, amongst other renowned chamber musicians. Her interest in new music has led her to work with composers such as John Corigliano, Joan Tower, and Krzysztof Penderecki.

At nine years old, she was the youngest violin student to enter the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec where she studied with Claude Létourneau, Catherine Dallaire, and François Paradis. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with professors Michael Tree and Roberto Diaz. In order to deepen her studies, she attended the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana under the tutelage of Bruno Giuranna, with the help of the Canada Council of the Arts and the Eskas Scholarship. Marina holds a Master’s degree from McGill University, where she studied with André Roy. She is currently finishing her doctoral studies at McGill, where she also 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 E n 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 her inaugural year as 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.



WATCH: Marina Thibeault plays Schnittke Viola Concerto with McGill Symphony Orchestra under Alexis Hauser