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THE SCOOP | Renowned Canadian Soprano To Take The Helm At Early Music Vancouver

By Michael Vincent on December 7, 2020

Canadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc will be Early Music Vancouver’s first-ever female Artistic & Executive Director in the organization’s 50-year history. (Photo: Pierre-Étienne Bergeron)
Canadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc will be Early Music Vancouver’s first-ever female Artistic & Executive Director in the organization’s 50-year history. (Photo: Pierre-Étienne Bergeron)

The pairing of one of Canada’s most renowned early music singers with one of western Canada’s premier music organizations is poised to make an important impact on Vancouver’s music community.

Renowned soprano Suzie LeBlanc has today been named the new Artistic and Executive Director of Early Music Vancouver, effective January 4, 2021.

LeBlanc will take over the Artistic & Executive Director role from EMV’s former director Matthew White, who is currently serving as CEO with the Victoria Symphony.

“I am tremendously excited to be joining an organization I have long admired — and with whom I have a deeply personal connection — having first performed with EMV in 1984,” said LeBlanc in a press release statement. “As I lead EMV in its next chapter, I approach this opportunity with great enthusiasm and a profound sense of responsibility. We are in an unprecedented time fraught with challenges, but also with great opportunity. I look forward to building on the strong foundations of EMV and its excellent reputation to create meaningful and inspiring experiences for performers and audiences alike.”

LeBlanc will begin to oversee the remainder of the EMV’s 2020/21 season, taking over from Matthew White, who has led EMV since 2013.

“At the conclusion of an extensive international search, it was clear to all involved that Ms. LeBlanc was the perfect leader to step into this demanding role at this extraordinary time in our collective history, said Fran Watters, EMV Board President. “Only the third individual to occupy the position in EMV’s 50-year history, LeBlanc brings a wealth of unstoppable stamina, intellectual rigour, and inspired creativity to the role.”

Born in New Brunswick, but based in Montreal, LeBlanc is currently serving as Director of Cappella Antica at McGill University. In 2005, she co-founded the Montreal-based company Le Nouvel Opéra alongside Alexander Weimann, also Artistic Director of Pacific Baroque Orchestra, who will become her collaborator once again through EMV. LeBlanc has been awarded four honorary doctorates for her contributions to music, is a GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist, and was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2015.

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