GUILLAUME TARDIF
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"I found the concert you gave with the two young musicians from Toronto very inspiring. In particular, the piece you will be perfoming in Wroclaw [commissioned work by Ichmouratov, Tales from the Dinarides] is one worth remembering" - concert attendee(May 2016)

"I have been fortunate to hear this sonata [Ysaÿe, Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 27, No. 6] performed, in Edmonton in November, 2015, by Edmonton’s distinguished concert violinist and teacher, Dr. Guillaume Tardif" - Hendrik Slegtenhorst, culturalrites.com (Nov. 2015)

"Tardif showed every sign of being a first-rate artist… His playing of Wieniawsky's Scherzo-Tarentella invited an awed response from the audience." - Chronicle Herald, Halifax.

"Guillaume Tardif’s technique in the Brahms Concerto is solid and allows refinement and beauty." - El Comero, Lima, Peru

"It was a mesmerizing virtuoso performance of the Paganini Concerto " - Cultural review, Charlottetown, PEI

"Just absolutely stunning. it was an all out 100% tour de force ! Monday's performance by violinist Guillaume Tardif gave all in attendance a lovely shock. The twenty-eight-year-old Tardif is a master of his craft both technically and emotionally. It is unique to find a master quite so young and also quite so objective in his playing style. Tardif kept the audience enthralled by his cool removal from the music. It is not that Tardif doesn't care about the music he plays, the opposite is quite evident, rather he is one with the music he creates in a seemingly Zen state of being. When such a dazzling performance is rendered by a soloist, the accompanist must make every effort to dissolve into the background and still be heard by both the soloist and the audience... The work is mostly on the violinist in this finale, and once again, Tardif moved through the high-speed frenzy admirably. An excited intermission followed. Why? Because the last half of the recital featured the Violin Concerto No. 1 in D by none other than Niccolo Paganini. . The performance of this concerto was absolutely riveting. It was almost unbelievable; it was earth-shattering. All this incredibly difficult music... Talent like this rarely is seen in Sackville. Once again, the expression "tour de force" seems appropriate. This was one standing ovation that was really deserved, for both performers..." - Argosy Arts and Entertainment, Sackville, NB

"The recital was such a success that Tardif was already asked for encores at the end of the first half. He proceeded to perform with ease the terribly difficult 24th Caprice by Paganini" - Cultural Review, Miskolc, Hungary

"Guillaume Tardif’s violin masterful; virtuoso technique, superb ringing tone and imaginative programming made Tardif’s ‘Evening of Solo Violin’ a Sunday evening to remember… Tardif played with extreme musicality and intelligence, presenting his program with warmth and humility, endearing himself to his audience who left not only loving music even more, but being wiser as well. In the Bach E major partita, he emphasized the dance aspect, a pleasing departure from the usual performances, and the Chaconne was a vehicle for his stunning technique, as a well as a very intelligent and musical presentation of the complex work. Tardif's compositional skill was displayed in the delightful La Commedia dell'Arte, a set of variations on a theme by Corelli, in which he paints sound pictures of seven characters. The audience chuckled as it recognized the pomposity of the doctor, the flirtatious lover and the braggart captain. The Devil's Trill Sonata by Tartini received a reworking in a solo arrangement by Tardif in which he added a pizzicato 'lute' accompaniment to the already demanding violin part. The encores underscored the high comfort level between performer and audience in this exceptional recital. He took requests and performed Paganini Caprices and an excerpt from Ysaye's Ballade. THese are highly demanding works which we would normally feel privileged to hear in a highly rehearsed body of a program. Here they were performed casually, off the cuff and brilliantly. " - Cultural Review, Kamloops Daily News

"Tardif’s bow danced across the strings throughout this exciting and inventive program. He has put together a thought-provoking program, casting himself as a modern day Kreisler" - T. P. Carrabré, composer-in-residence, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

"The orchestra, led for the first time by concertmaster Guillaume Tardif, played the opening movement of the Elgar Serenade with good attention to the edgier aspects of the music. Pleasing it was, but the recurring violin ostinato work had an engaging bite as well. The second two movements more of the warm, lyrical the late Romantic English composer is best known for... Because of Tardif's leadership in the violin section, the higher strings had a unified sound that attacked the dynamics of the music with a vigour that was lacking in the lower end." Bill Rankin, Edmonton Journal.