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Founded in 2006, Trio Arkaède unites three friends and exceptional musicians who complement each other musically as well as in personality. Flutist Karin Aurell, violinist Isabelle Fournier and pianist Julien LeBlanc are all active soloists and chamber musicians. With a passion for chamber music, the group offers eclectic programming that brings lesser-known works to the forefront. Few composers beyond the Baroque period have written trios for flute, violin and piano. Their most recent recording is a collection of French music from the first part of the 20th century that includes some rarely heard gems, as well as important sonatas by Debussy and Poulenc. Two of the works pair the flute and piano with the warm sonority of the viola.
Flutist Karin Aurell is a chamber musician who lives in Sackville, New Brunswick. Born in Sweden, Karin had a long career as an orchestral player before moving to Canada in 2001 to pursue her dream of playing chamber music full-time. She is the co-founder of the woodwind quintet Ventus Machina, and she performs new music across North America with new music group Motion Ensemble. Karin teaches flute at Université de Moncton at Mount Allison University.
Violinist and violist Isabelle Fournier is principal second violinist of Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax. She is an active soloist and chamber musician and has made appearances throughout Canada, the United States, Japan, Taiwan and Europe. For many years, Isabelle lived in London, England, where she was a member of the English Chamber Orchestra. Isabelle is originally from Moncton, New Brunswick.
Pianist Julien LeBlanc is in high demand throughout Canada as a collaborative pianist, vocal coach and chamber musician. He is acclaimed for his sensitivity and exceptional communications skills. Originally from Cocagne (NB) he currently resides in Montreal. His numerous activities on the Canadian musical scene include co-artistic direction of L’Été Musical, a summer concert series at the Historical Church in Barachois (NB) and adjudicating at numerous music festivals and piano competitions.