The symphonic tale of a violonist and her surgeon
In this thought-provoking and visually rich musical production, a violinist and her surgeon come together to deliver a universal message of hope, as we will all have to face different kinds of hardship sooner or later. Their message is anchored in reality, as it tells the true story of Anne Robert who was operated by Dr. Alain Gagnon on December 3, 2010.
From chaos to serenity, a journey within.
Maestria stems from an exceptional meeting between a former CHUM patient, who is a renown violinist, and her surgeon, himself a pianist. It is also a profoundly human story where music and words come together to evoke a difficult life experience, leading to a rich inner journey.
Maestria is a charity project supporting various foundations, including the Fondation du CHUM and its Prevention and Treatment for Genetically Linked Cancers Foundation. Maestria will bring people comfort and hope, especially for those dealing with hardship in their daily lives.
Accomplished artist and violinist Anne Robert is renowned for her “sensibility, warm sound, dexterity and elegant phrasing” (The Strad Magazine, London). She enjoys an active career and regularly plays in Europe, the United States, Asia and across Canada. Anne Robert is a member of Trio Hochelaga, which she founded in 2000. She performs regularly with the organist Jacques Boucher. In 2012, she developed with Dr. Alain Gagnon Maestria, an artistic charity project benefiting various foundations, including the Fondation du CHUM, to support the Prevention and Treatment for Genetically Linked Cancers Foundation.
She received the highest diplomas in interpretation from Indiana University, from the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. First violin of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal for twelve years, Anne Robert’s discography contains more than thirty-five titles which reveal her vast and varied repertoire and her particular affinity for French music. Renowned pedagogue, she teaches at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and at the International Summer Academy of the Orford Arts Center. Anne Robert plays on a 1738 Carlo Antonio Testore violin.
Dr. Alain Gagnon,
From La Sarre in Abitibi, Alain Gagnon began his musical studies at Pierre-Laporte High School in the Town of Mount Royal. He then enrolled at the École de musique Vincent-d’Indy, where he was taught by the renowned Sister Lucille Brassard. He studied for his degree in interpretation in Pierre Jasmin and Henri Brassard’s classes at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He has made solo appearances, notably with the I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra. He has won numerous prizes in different competitions, including music competitions in Quebec and Canada.
In 1991, he switched careers to study science, earning a degree in biochemistry at the Université de Montréal. After receiving his doctorate of medicine at McGill University, he completed his residency in plastic surgery in 2005 at the Université de Montréal. He then completed another year of training in microsurgery and perforator flaps at the Ghent University Hospital in Belgium, and spent a second year on the same subject at the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital. He has been practicing plastic surgery at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) since 2007, focusing on breast surgery and aesthetic surgery. An active member of the community, he won the J.-P. Bossé Award, handed out by CHUM residents to an instructor for the quality of their teaching. In 2012, he developed with violinist Anne Robert Maestria, an artistic charity project benefiting various foundations, including the Fondation du CHUM.
Les éditions du passage are publishing Maestria. Récit d’une violoniste et son chirurgien (Maestria. The tale of a violinist and her surgeon), a multifaceted book with the touching story of a journey with cancer that was transcended by music – but also a book with scientific and practical angles.
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