Cellist Stéphane Tétreault and pianist Marie-Ève Scarfone have been collaborating for more than 6 years and have performed on multiple stages in Quebec and as well as abroad.
The duo released a debut album featuring works by Haydn, Schubert and Brahms and received critical acclaim from music critics and was given Gramophone magazine “Critics’ Choice 2016” as one of the best albums of the year. The recording was also nominated in the “Best Classical Album of the Year” category at the 2016 ADISQ Awards.
In the words of music critic Jacques Hétu: “Stéphane Tétreault and Marie-Ève Scarfone form an impressive duo, pianist-virtuoso and inspired cellist who display a perfect fit, ease of execution and total complicity on stage.”
Tétreault’s disc charmed me from the off; from his Haydn Divertimento (originally for the viola da gamba-like baryton), through Schubert’s A minor Arpeggione Sonata and on to the Brahms, this is just pure, lyrical, unadulterated playing of the highest order, with a maturity that belies his 22 years, and matched impeccably by his duo partner, Marie-Ève Scarfone. I can’t wait to hear more from him.
Stéphane Tétreault is certainly not driven by a superficial juvenile temperament, his performances are emotional and deep as he works out the shifting moods of the works, always perfectly supported by pianist Marie-Eve Scarfone. There is much to admire in terms of colours too, and Tétreault’s precious Stradivarius Countess von Steinlein Ex Paganini has a truly marvellous sound.
Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo Capriccioso had the audience gasping (accompanied superbly by Marie-Ève Scarfone), the Divertimento in D Major by Haydn was a dream of subtlety and ensemble and Alexina Louie’s Bringing the Tiger Down From the Mountain II (1991), my personal favourite performance of the day, was a workshop on extended techniques under the watchful eye of an Olivier Messiaen sound world. This was knockout stuff.