Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair is a French Canadian pianist. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance with Lydia Artymiw from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s Degree with Richard Raymond from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal. He worked as a Piano Teaching Assistant for the University of Minnesota from 2013 to 2016.
In recent seasons, Gabriel has performed Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor with KSO, HHO, OSI, OPMEM and the University of Minnesota Orchestra as the winner of the 2016 University of Minnesota Concerto Competition. Noteworthy invitations include a performance at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, NYC, a recital and masterclass for the Musicians’ Association of Tai’an, China and a lecture-recital on Russian Piano Repertoire for the Minneapolis Music Teacher Association in Minnesota. Gabriel has also garnered prestigious awards including the Centennial Fellowship at the University of Minnesota, numerous scholarships from the Orford Art Center and the Gilles-Gauthier Scholarship for Best Academic Profile of the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal. He is the 2016 Prizewinner of the Claude F. Lefebvre Scholarship of the Fondation de Soutien aux Arts de Laval.
Gabriel has premiered numerous works by living composers such as a Prelude by Sean Clarke, written especially for him to perform. His dedication to exploring a truly modern repertoire of the piano establishes him as a passionate defender of contemporary music. Gabriel’s first solo piano album, a compilation of Canadian, Russian, Norwegian, and French music, was released in May 2018 and is available on iTunes and Amazon.
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