Best known as the concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Marie Bérard is also a sought-after chamber musician, soloist, recording artist, and teacher. Ms. Bérard received her training at the Trois-Rivières Conservatory and further studies took her to the University of Toronto where she studied with David Zafer. Other teachers include Lorand Fenyves, Sydney Harth, and Nathan Milstein.
Ms. Bérard is a member of Trio Arkel, alongside colleagues Rémi Pelletier and Winona Zelenka. They
perform a series of concerts at the Holy Trinity United Church in Toronto, inviting guests such as Jonathan Crow, Stuart Goodyear, Russell Braun, and Amanda Forsyth. Highly regarded as an interpreter of contemporary music, Ms. Bérard’s recording of A Paganini by A. Schnittke was voted “best performance of the year” by the CBC Radio audience and in 2002, she released a recording of a concerto by Henry Kucharzyk for violin and brass ensemble on the Opening Day label.
Ms. Bérard is a regular performer at numerous chamber music festivals, notably the Mainly Mozart festival
orchestra in San Diego, California, Strings Festival in Steamboat, Colorado and is on faculty at the National
Youth Orchestra of Canada.
Ms. Bérard is a frequent guest soloist with the Esprit Orchestra, having performed “Time Chant” by Wolfgang Rihm, “Dedication” by Valentin Silvestrov as well as “Offertorium” by Sofia Gubaidulina and Schnittke Concerto Grosso.
In the fall of 2000, Ms. Bérard joined the faculty of the Glenn Gould School and the Taylor Academy in Toronto and is an active member of their chamber ensemble “ARC” with whom she has toured Europe and China. The ensemble has also recorded nine discs of chamber works two of which have been nominated for a Grammy Award. Ms. Bérard is also on the faculty of the University of Toronto.
Marie plays a 1767 Pietro Landolfi violin.