After a brilliant career as Principal Oboe of Symphony Nova Scotia, Suzanne Lemieux is now this organization’s Principal Oboe Emerita. She has performed as guest soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia in more than 20 different programs and delighted audiences with repertoire from all eras of classical music, from baroque to contemporary.
She recorded Telluric Dances, an oboe concerto by Christos Hatzis, and gave the American premiere of this piece at Lincoln
Center’s Avery Fisher Hall with maestro Alexandros Myrat. She also gave the premiere of Marjan Mozetich’s Oboe Concerto with Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings and has been a soloist with the Edmonton Symphony, Atlantic Sinfonia and the Victoria Symphony
An active chamber musician, Suzanne has been a guest of the Penderecki String Quartet and the Quatuor Arthur Leblanc and was invited to chamber music festivals in Picton, Ontario and Victoria, BC. She has played recitals at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage and Salon. She is a returning guest artist at the Scotia Festival of Music and has participated in the Indian River Festival and New Brunswick Summer Music Festival on several occasions. She has toured with soprano Wendy Nielsen and pianist Robert Kortgaard for Debut Atlantic. She is a member of Halifax’s woodwind quintet, Fifth Wind.
As a guest oboist, Suzanne has performed with the Edmonton Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and she has toured with the Singapore Symphony and Les Violons du Roy. She has commissioned and premiered many pieces by Atlantic composers and enjoys working with non-traditional ensembles.
Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Ottawa, where she studied with Rowland Floyd, and a Master of Music from the University of Michigan, where her teacher was Harry Sargous. Other influential teachers include Maurice Bourgue and Richard Killmer.