Louis De Nil, tenor & Helen Becque, piano
Sunday September 10 2017 at 3 pm
Pay what you can
Join Tenor Louis De Nil and Pianist Helen Becqué for this Sunday afternoon recital of Schubert’s “Die Schöne Müllerin” at Gallery 345. Schubert’s first true song cycle, this masterpiece is truly one of Schubert’s most beautiful works.
Tenor Louis De Nil is beginning his doctorate at the Royal College of Music, working with Prof. Natasha Loges in musicology. His research focuses on the influence of Christoph Willibald Gluck, Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg, and Antonio Salieri on Franz Schubert’s early lieder, and the stylistic transformation of lieder that took place in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Aiming to combine research and performance, he is also an accomplished tenor and recently completed his Masters in Voice Performance at Western University studying with Torin Chiles.
Louis first obtained a Bachelors of Musicology from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, studying with Prof. Winston Purdy. He was a member of Opera McGill, playing Snout in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He also played the roles of Luiz in The Gondoliers and Lord Tolloller in Iolanthe with the McGill Savoy Society. He has completed the Young Theatre of Art Song program (2013) at VISI and Opera Nuova (2014). At Opera Nuova he played The Manta in The Lives of Lesser Things, The Captain in Candide and Le Doyen in Cendrillon. During his time at Western, Louis performed with UWOpera, singing the roles of Gonzalve in of L’heure espagnole and Bardolfo in Verdi’s Falstaff. Louis’ true passion is research and performance of art song.
He has performed two recitals with pianist Marianna Chibotar, including a performance of Winterreise in 2015, for which he was granted an Ontario graduate scholarship. He is currently looking forward to collaborating with pianist Helen Becqué for his 2017 Toronto recital of Schubert’s “Die Schöne Mullerin” at Gallery 345.
A native of Belgium, Helen Becqué received both her bachelor and masters degrees in Piano Performance from the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels under the tutelage of Boyan Vodenitcharov. Subsequent solo studies led her to the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana where she studied with renowned performer and pedagogue Menahem Pressler. Equally passionate about vocal repertoire, Helen also completed a Masters degree at the University of Tennessee School of Music, working in the opera division as well as with instrumentalists. Helen continued her studies in vocal accompanying with Helmut Deutsch and Fritz Schwinghammer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, receiving a ‘Meisterklasse Liedbegeleitung’ diploma in 2010.
Currently Helen is a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, teaching Lieder and Song Interpretation classes in the Voice Studies department. Additionally, she serves as a coach and collaborative pianist for vocal students at both the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music.