Étienne Chénard completed his studies at the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec in Spring 2016 where he was unanimously awarded the “Prix avec distinction” in viola. He studied with François Paradis, Catherine Dallaire, and Élise Lavoie in Québec City and Rimouski.
Born in Rimouski, QC, Étienne spent many sessions at the Domaine Forget Academy and Orford Art Center working with acclaimed violinists such as Anne Robert, Helmut Lipksy, Mark Fewer, David Gilham, and Mimi Zweig, as well as violists François Paradis, Jocelyne Bastien, and the Arthur-Leblanc String Quartet. He has also had the opportunity to perform in master classes with Christian Tetzlaff, Antoine Tamestit, Roberto Diaz, Paul Silverthorne, Jean Sulem, and Miguel DaSilva.
Étienne is Assistant Principal Viola of both the Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke and Orchestre Symphonique de l’Estuaire. He also plays regularly with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and as freelance musician with many other professional orchestras throughout Quebec.
Étienne is pleased to be acting as Assistant Principal Viola with Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax for the 2017/2018 season. Étienne performs on a 1765 viola made in Paris by Henocq and a bow from François Lotte. Both are generously loaned by CANIMEX INC.