About the Artist
Masques is a Montreal-based early music ensemble founded in 1998, performing vocal and instrumental music of the 17th and 18th centuries. The name of the ensemble is inspired by the masques of the Elizabethan England--mystical performances which fused poetry, music, dance and drama. The ensemble has become a meeting point for Canada's young musicians. Masques also collaborates regularly with up and coming European talents, thereby maintaining close ties with musicians of diverse backgrounds. All the musicians of Masques have enviable performing experience, and regularly concertize as soloists and chamber musicians throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Founder and director of the Montreal-based early music ensemble Masques, Olivier Fortin graduated with distinction from the Québec Conservatory in 1995. He continued his training with Dom André Laberge, obtained a Master Degree from University of Montreal under the direction of Prof. Réjean Poirier, and received several scholarships for studies in Paris with Pierre Hantai and in Amsterdam with Bob van Asperen. In 1997 he was awarded top prizes at the Montreal Bach Competition and the Bruges Festival. He is increasingly esteemed as a soloist and chamber musician, touring and recording throughout Europe, the United States and Canada with ensembles such as Masques, Capriccio Stravagante, Tafelmusik, Chanticleer, the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal and Les Voix Humaines... The violinist Sophie Gent was born in Perth, Western Australia. After completing initial studies there with Paul Wright, she pursued training at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Ryo Terakado. Sophie is now a performer with ensembles such as Il Gardellino, The Ricercar Consort and Capriccio Stravagante and is a member of the string quartet Mito Dell'arco, based in Japan, with fellow members Ryo Terakado, Yoshiko Morita and Hidemi Suzuki. She is regularly invited to return to Australia to perform in various chamber music festivals and ensembles, and also to Canada where she performs with Ensemble Masques, directed by Olivier Fortin.