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In 2007, I registered for an independent doctoral seminar on violin-piano repertoire with my teacher and thesis advisor, Paul Stewart. I wanted to write about and present three major works that spanned three musical eras. In searching for a violinist, I attended many studio classes and masterclasses at l’Université de Montréal, whereupon I heard French violinist Roland Arnassalon. I was immediately struck by his musical conviction and passion. After a few rehearsals, a friendship and musical partnership formed. Because our rehearsals consisted of serious work intersperced—or rather taken over by—laughter and jokes, a mutual friend suggested the name Duo Giocoso. We performed to great acclaim throughout greater Montréal and released our first album in 2012, recording the works of Beethoven, Franck, and Janáček. Duo Giocoso has coached extensively with Paul Stewart and Anne Robert as well as Vladimir Landsman and Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt. Duo Giocoso performed many programs together over the course of approximately 8 years until geography intervened. Though separated by literally thousands of miles, the day will come when both musicians will reunite for further concerts and recordings!

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