Pallade Musica (Athena’s Music) brings together four of Montreal's most promising Early Music performers. Grand Prize winners at the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition in New York and 2nd prize winners in the 2014 International Van Wassenaer Competition in Utrecht, the quartet consists of Tanya LaPerrière, Baroque violin, Elinor Frey, Baroque cello, Esteban La Rotta, theorbo, and Mélisande McNabney, harpsichord. Based on dedicated research and continuous exploration, Pallade Musica’s performances are acclaimed for their expressive and elegant interpretations, earning praise for their “spectacular virtuosity” (Tom Strini Blog) and “tremendous ensemble sense” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).
The quartet was awarded a 2015 Debut Atlantic tour and was nominated for a 2015 Prix Opus for their Montréal season concert titled “Elles” along with soprano Andréanne Brisson-Paquin. They were also the ensemble-in-residence at the Conservatoire de Musique Rimouski in 2014-2015. Pallade Musica was also selected for CAM en tournée and will give 10 performances throughout Montréal in 2016-2017. The members of Pallade Musica regularly appear with leading early music ensembles all over the world, while also pursuing careers as soloists and teachers. In 2014, Pallade Musica released Verso Venezia, featuring music of Castello, Legrenzi, and Merula, its first CD on the ATMA label, also nominated for a 2014 Opus Prize. The group’s second CD, Schiefferlein Trio Sonatas, was released November 2017.
Pallade Musica’s recent performances include appearances in Bogotá, Colombia, in Canada at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Festival Montréal Baroque, Toronto Music Garden, Early Music Vancouver, Early Music Society of the Islands (Victoria), Early Music Voices (Calgary), Early Music Alberta, and throughout the Maritime provinces. In the United States they have appeared at the Frick Collection (NY), 5-Boroughs Festival (NY), Hamilton College, Early Music Now (Milwaukee), the Chicago Cultural Center, Da Camera Society (Los Angeles), Renaissance and Baroque (Pittsburgh), the Connecticut and Indianapolis Early Music Festivals, and the Early Music societies of Seattle, San Francisco, and Arizona.