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The Ottawa Baroque Consort is Ottawa's professional Baroque orchestra on period instruments. We specialise in the repertoire from the Baroque and Classical eras, with a fresh perspective based on historically informed performance practices. Founded in 2005, originally as a chamber ensemble, the Consort started performing as an orchestra in 2012, under the direction of Olivier Henchiri. Our concerts offer audiences a new look at the 17th and 18th centuries through unique and entertaining presentations such as actor-led theatrical programs, audience challenge concerts, and engaging concert talks. That and, of course, fantastic live Baroque music!

Artistic & Executive Director
Olivier Henchiri

Marie Bouchard Chantal Rémillard Olivier Brault Sari Tsuji
Tanya LaPerrière Sallynee Amawat Kevin James Geneviève Petit
Maria Nenoiu Sarah Ross Jamie McLaren Peter Lekx
Émilie Brulé Jamie McLaren Greg Weeks Reuven Rothman
Marjolaine Fournier Francis P.-Pelletier Vicente Garcia Grégoire Jeay


Olivier Henchiri - artistic director & cellist

A strong advocate for early music in Ottawa for over a decade, Olivier founded and directs the Ottawa Baroque Consort in its yearly orchestral concert series, and he regularly collaborates with local choirs in the production of concerts for choir and orchestra.

He has performed with Toronto’s Aradia Ensemble, Voicebox Opera in Concert, Elixir Baroque, Les plaisirs du clavecin in Gatineau, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre des concerts symphoniques de Gatineau, the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra and in many ensembles at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. He has collaborated with the Seventeen Voyces, Caelis Academy Ensemble and the Cantata Singers of Ottawa in productions of major Baroque choral works. Previously, he performed on cruise ships, playing anything from Mozart quartets to Broadway tunes to other stuff he'd rather forget.

Olivier enjoys sharing his knowledge of Baroque performance practice and promoting appreciation of this unique style. He has given masterclasses and workshops at the music conservatory in Gatineau, talkbacks with the Odyssey Theatre, presentations for LINR and REA, and numerous concert talks on a variety of topics: ornamentation, continuo playing, tempo rubato, rhetoric and phrasing in Baroque music. His talks have been known to be at the same time informative, inspiring and entertaining.

Olivier Henchiri studied cello with Anne Contant at the Conservatory of Music in Gatineau, where he completed his Concours and was awarded "le prix en violoncelle" and the Quebec Lieutenant Governor’s Award for excellence. He later received scholarships to the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, where he studied Baroque cello with Christina Mahler.

When performing on period instruments, Olivier plays a German Baroque cello dated circa 1725 generously loaned by the Paul Hahn Fund.

A jazz enthusiast, Olivier also has an extensive background in vintage swing dances such as the lindy hop, partnered charleston, balboa and blues. He holds over a dozen competition awards in Canada and the USA. In 2006, he joined the teaching staff at Ottawa's Swing Dynamite dance studio, where he taught classes and workshops and coached an acrobatic performance troupe.

He has choreographed and performed dance numbers with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in the POPS series, with the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra, at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, the Ottawa Gala, the Ottawa Fringe Festival, la Nouvelle Scene, the Casino du Lac Leamy, the Museum of Civilisations, the City of Ottawa, and others. In 2012, he pulled off the unlikely feat of performing both cello and a dance number in a single show - performing a Boccherini quintet and an acrobatic swing dance routine in Patrice Servant's production "Strum: The History of the Guitar."

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