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Gisèle Guibord

Organist

After obtaining a diploma in piano at the Vincent d’Indy School of Music, Gisèle Guibord studies organ with Bernard Lagacé at the Montreal Conservatory of Music where she graduates in 1978.

Grants from the Foundation Les Amis de l’Art and the Canadian Arts Council allows her to study in Europe with Ton Koopman, Lionel Rogg and Harald Vogel.

Through the years Gisèle Guibord performed regularly in Canada and  Europe. Her wide repertoire also includes world premieres and works by Canadian composers such as Serge Arcuri, Raynald Arseneault, Barrie Cabena, Raymond Daveluy, Jacques Faubert, Jean Lesage and Serge Provost.

On the Fonovox label she recorded Canadian music for organ, sacred melodies with soprano Colette Boky and Chemin de Croix by Raynald Arseneault with soprano Natalie Choquette, with whom she also recorded as organist and harpist.

Gisèle Guibord toured toured with Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, les  Petits Chanteurs de Laval, Angèle Dubeau and Gino Quilico.  From 1990 to 1992, she also toured in Europe as soloist, giving recitals in Germany, Switzerland and Italy, the latter under the auspices of the Canadian Embassy in Rome and in the Vatican.

From 1983 to 1999, Gisèle Guibord was organist at the St. Sacrement Sanctuary in Montreal.  She now is substitute organist in local parishes.

Harpist

In 1993, Gisèle is a well known organist since fifteen years. But she feels lonely in the choir loft and longs for a closer contact with people. So she begins Paraguayan and Celtic harp lessons  with Robin Grenon. Little does she know that this will change her whole life…

Gisèle finds in Robin a kindred spirit. In 1996 they form  a harp duo and present the Folk harp repertoire to a wide variety of listeners. Their partnership has resulted in unique and innovative compositions and arrangements that blend misty Celtic and sunny Paraguayan sounds.

Also in 1996, Gisèle makes her debut as full time harpist during High Tea at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Montreal where she plays until 2001.

Still in 1996, Robin and Gisèle co-found Harpissimo Québec, the Quebec chapter of the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen. This association is still alive and well with 50 members.

Robin and Gisèle have seven recordings together, either harp duo, harp and organ duo, or trio with percussion. Occasionnaly, they also work as a quartet with Irish flutes.