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Strings

Violin, viola, cello and double bass

The teaching body in strings of the Université de Montréal Faculty of Music brings together educators and performers trained in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, England, Russia, Canada and the United States. That rich variety of approaches and styles offers students extremely wide-ranging musical perspectives, preparing them for the multiple realities of the profession here and elsewhere.

The excellence of the teaching offered is enhanced by a profoundly human and personalized approach: each student in this context is closely monitored and guided as he or she progresses through the program.

Concerts, competitions and masterclasses for a deeply formative experience

The performance potential of our string students develops and thrives not just because of the personalized approach of the faculty but also thanks to the many opportunities for learning available to them.

The program encourages regular participation in masterclasses. Guest artist-teachers at the Faculty of Music have included violinists Maxim Vengerov, Michael Frischenschlager, Cho-Liang Lin, Martin Beaver and Veronika Eberle; violists Maxim Rysanov, Antoine Tamestit, Françoise Gnéri and Thomas Selditz; and cellists Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuelle Bertrand, Colin Carr, Clive Greensmith and Jean-Guihen Queyras.

Moreover, opportunities to perform in concert in one of the Faculty halls are numerous, whether as soloist, chamber player or orchestral musician. Throughout their training, students get to join a number of Faculty of Music ensembles so as to enjoy the experience of ensemble music in all its diversity:

Lastly, every year the Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal concerto competition crowns three prizewinners from the different Faculty of Music performance programs, who perform in concert with the orchestra at Salle Claude-Champagne. Students also have the opportunity of participating in numerous other competitions at the faculty, national and international levels.

Training geared towards the career of musician

One of our missions is to furnish students with tools and learning adapted to the realities of the professional world ‒ as evidenced by the presence of our graduates in numerous music ensembles on the international scene, an illustration of the quality of our undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs.

Exchange programs and grants

During their training at the Faculty of Music, students also have the opportunity of spending time abroad in the framework of exchange programs thanks to our numerous international partnerships with prestigious institutions of higher education in music.

Lastly, thanks to the support of generous donors, the Faculty of Music prides itself on offering a wide range of scholarships as a means of helping students succeed.

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