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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 story-driven theatrical programs, audience challenge concerts, and engaging pre-concert talks. That and, of course, fantastic live Baroque music!


Artistic & Executive Director
Olivier Henchiri

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

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Olivier Henchiri - artistic director & cellist

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

Olivier has played modern cello with local groups such as the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre des concerts symphoniques de Gatineau, and the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra. He also worked on cruise ships in various places around the world, playing anything from classical music to Broadway tunes to other stuff he'd rather forget. He has performed Baroque cello with Toronto’s Aradia Ensemble, Voicebox Opera in Concert, Les plaisirs du clavecin in Gatineau, the Seventeen Voyces, Caelis Academy Ensemble, and Cantata singers of Ottawa, as well as in various ensembles at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. For over a decade, Olivier has actively promoted the Ottawa early music scene, producing concerts with the Ottawa Baroque Consort and collaborating with local artists in multidisciplinary programmes combining theatre and dance. Olivier plays on a Matthias Klotz cello dated 1725, generously loaned by the Paul Hahn Fund.

When performing on period instruments, Olivier plays on 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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