Personal Summary / Bio
Based in the province of New Brunswick on the east coast of Canada, the La Tour Baroque Duo brings together outstanding early music performers Tim Blackmore (harpsichord & recorders) and Michel Cardin (baroque lute & theorbo) to present inspired programs of 17th and 18th century music on period instruments. The Duo derives its name from Charles St-Étienne de La Tour, Lieutenant-General of the French colony of Acadie in the 17th century.
Formed in 2009, the La Tour Baroque Duo has performed throughout eastern Canada, Québec, Ontario and the far north as well as in France and in the USA, receiving accolades such as "exquisitely played" and "spellbinding" from critics and audiences alike. Their début CD "Les caractères de la danse" (2011) has been broadcast throught Canada and in the USA and was nominated for an East Coast Music Award. Their second CD of Scottish Baroque music "The Last Time I Came O'er the Moor" was released in 2012. The Duo has presented programs at the Fredericton Baroque Music Festival, the Sackville Early Music Festival, the Northwest Territories International Lute Festival, the Lamèque International Festival of Baroque Music and in major centres in Canada and abroad such as Toronto, Montreal, Hamilton, Paris and New York. In 2013 the Duo's activities will include performances in Paris and London, a three-week residency at the Fortress of Louisbourg as part of Louisbourg's 300th anniversary and the release of their third CD of French music "Music at the Time of Louisbourg". The La Tour Baroque Duo has become known for its engaging and relaxed style of presentation in both English and French.
Tim Blackmore is a graduate of the Montreal Conservatoire, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Guildhall School of Music in London. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Early Music Studio of Saint John.
Michel Cardin has gained international recognition as a teacher, performer, musicologist and producer and has received numerous awards for his artistic accomplishments. A graduate of the Montreal Conservatoire, he is Professor of Guitar and Lute at the University of Moncton.