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Esther Gonthier

Pianist - Vocal coach

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About Esther Gonthier 

Esther Gonthier is recognized as one of Canada's most versatile and sought-after pianists. She pursues a highly active career as a rehearsal pianist, vocal coach and concert artist. She has a vast knowledge of the operatic repertoire, having worked on over 130 operas to date, and occupies an enviable place in the world of vocal art.


She is regularly invited as pianist-repetitor by the Opéra de Montréal, the Canadian Opera Company, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Opéra de Québec, the Festival de Lanaudière and the Orchestre Métropolitain, among others. She has assisted such great conductors as Jean-Claude Casadesus, Rafaël Frübeck de Burgos, Eliahu Inbal, Michel Plasson, Charles Dutoit, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jacques Lacombe and Kent Nagano.


In concert, she has accompanied such high-caliber soloists as Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Susan Platts, Nathalie Paulin and Lyne Fortin, not to mention her work as a coach with such prestigious names as José Van Dam, Kiri Te Kanawa, Federica Von Stade and Nancy Argenta.


Many young singers from the Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal, McGill University's Schulich Faculty of Music, the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and the Université de Montréal's Faculty of Music benefit from her extensive experience as a vocal coach. Finally, as a concert artist, she has been invited on several occasions by the Orchestre des Grands Ballets Canadiens.

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