Frédéric Lambert has a doctorate in viola performance from McGill University, where his advisor was André Roy. His further development as a performer led him to play for masters such as Robert Vernon, James Dunham, Steven Dann, Bruno Pasquier, Régis Pasquier, and Ani Kavafian. He is regularly invited to join eminent ensembles such as Les Violons du Roy, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. Frédéric is a founding member of the Lloyd Carr-Harris String Quartet. In 2005, the quartet triumphed at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, winning not only the Gold Medal in the Senior String Division, but also the Grand Prize. The quartet then played several concerts in France, England, Italy, the United States, Australia, and Canada.
Mr. Lambert joined the Molinari Quartet in 2007. The quartet has given itself the mandate to perform twentieth- and twenty-first-century repertoire for string quartet; to commission new works; and to initiate discussions between musicians, artists, and the public. A recipient of twenty-four Opus Prizes awarded by the Conseil québécois de la musique for musical excellence on the Quebec concert stage, the Molinari Quartet has been described by the critics as an “essential” and “prodigious” ensemble and even “Canada’s answer to the Kronos or Arditti Quartet.” The Molinari Quartet has established itself as one of Canada’s leading string quartets. Its recordings on the ATMA Classique label have received unanimous international critical acclaim, including being selected two times as Editors’ Choice in Gramophone magazine and rave reviews in The Strad, Fanfare, and Diapason, among others. Its recording of the complete György Kurtág quartets received a Diapason d’or in December 2016 and a prestigious Echo Klassik award in July 2017.
Frédéric is passionate about teaching. He is a lecturer for the Schulich School of Music at McGill University and teaches violin and viola at Université du Québec à Montréal. For more than a decade, he was a cultural columnist for Ici Radio-Canada Première, along with Catherine Perrin and Stéphan Bureau. In January 2022, he launched his podcast, La prescription avec Dr Fred Lambert, a weekly cultural program that is available on all platforms. Frédéric Lambert is the principal violist in the Orchestre Symphonique de Laval.