Since the fall of 2005, Quatuor Arthur-LeBlanc has been the quartet-in-residence at the Université Laval in Quebec City. The four members of the quartet – Hibiki Kobayashi (violin), Brett Molzan (violin), Jean-Luc Plourde (viola) and Ryan Molzan (cello) – all teach the art of string quartets and chamber music at the university as well.
The quartet is named after Arthur LeBlanc who was born near Moncton in 1906 and died in Quebec City in 1985. He was a violinist and composer who spent most of his youth in Moncton and then studied and lived in Quebec. He attended the School of Music at Université Laval in 1922, one of the first to enrol in the school. Later in life he would also teach at Université Laval.
He had a very busy career performing concerts and teaching. He performed overseas, in the US, and in Canada – at one point performing 26 concerts in 6 weeks. Health reasons dictated less touring after 1953 but he continued to perform for programs on radio and television. Some of those programs included pieces he had composed as well.
You can hear this quartet named in his honour perform live on November 10th as part of our String Series! The evening will include pieces by Haydn, Bartok, and Beethoven. http://music-toronto.com/quartets/arthur_Leblanc.htm