Emili Losier, soprano
Finnish Canadian Soprano, Emili Losier’s ‘lyric voice mirrors her stage presence; extremely sweet and natural. She is a nature’s child... touching the heart from beginning to end’ (Cecelia Oines, Amfion.fi).
Ms. Losier began singing as a child with the Royal Conservatory of Music and after performing her first role as Hodel, in The Fiddler on the Roof with the Chilliwack Performing Arts Society, she knew she wanted to be trained as an opera singer. This brought her to Finland, where she completed a Bachelor of Music Degree, an Artistic Diploma in Performance and a Master’s Degree in Opera from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland.
She debuted at the Savlonlinna Opera Festival in 2012 in a newly composed Finnish opera (La Fenice/Hakola), and other opera credits include roles such as: Pamina (Die Zauberflöte/Mozart), Musetta (La Boheme/Puccini), Susanna and Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro/Mozart), Zima (Les indes galantes/Rameau), the Foreign Woman (The Consul/Menotti), Lucy (The Telephone/Menotti), and Adele (Die Fledermaus/Strauss II). Emili is the recipient of the 2017 NATS senior scholarship, 2018 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant, and the Marie-Claire Guindon/Robert Major voice scholarship and admission scholarship from the University of Ottawa. Emili won 2nd prize in the Lappeenranta Singing Competition in Finland and placed 4thon the award winning television broadcast opera competition ‘Bathroom Divas, so you want to be an opera singer?’
Ms. Losier continues to give solo concerts and works with orchestras within Canada and Finland, performing orchestral works such as: Mozart’s Exsultate jubilate, Händel’s Messiah, De Falla’s Siete canciones populares españolas, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Saint-Saëns’ Christmas oratorio. Most notable is her work with the BBC symphony orchestra’s chief conductor Sakari Oramo and the award winning Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. She has recently appeared in Ottawa as a soloist for the uOttawa Wind Orchestra, Ottawa Pops Orchestra and Chamberfest, and as an ensemble member at the National Arts Center.
Simon Berniquez, guitar
Simon Berniquez, born in Gatineau, Québec, began playing and performing classical guitar at the age of nine under the guidance of Denis Donegani, a former member of the Canadian Guitar Quartet. Simon achieved his Bachelor Of Music in Guitar Performance in April 2017 and continues to study with Patrick Roux, a former member of the Canadian Guitar Quartet and renowned classical guitar composer. Simon has performed for a multitude of internationally acclaimed guitar masters including: SoloDuo, Pavel Steidl, Marcyn Dylla, Ana Vidovic, Pepe Romero, and more.
Simon enjoys sharing his passion by instructing groups and private students. In May 2019 he will graduate with his Master Of Music degree in Guitar Performance from the University of Ottawa. He also coordinate and performs in a number of music projects in Gatineau and Ottawa. Simon Berniquez is an active performer on the Ottawa/Gatineau classical music scene. He performs as a soloist, as part of Duo d'Asyl with violonist Erik Joran Jon Johnson-Scherger and as part of Duo Voice and Guitar with soprano Emili Losier on the Ottawa/Gatineau classical music scene.