The Duo Fortin-Poirier has been heralded as one of the most talented piano duo of its generation. With an intuitive musicianship, this duo has an extraordinarily natural partnership that has quickly garnered acclaim. Playing together since 2005, the audience can immediately feel the unique connection between the two pianists.
Very active on the Canadian scene, Amélie Fortin and Marie-Christine Poirier created the "Vingts doigts et un piano" concert in 2008 and they have since performed it in every corner of Quebec and abroad. It was actually the first classical concert selected to take part in the Entrées en Scène Loto-Québec for the 2013-2014 season. Other highlights include a recent appearance at the prestigious Lanaudière Festival in the summer of 2015.
At the international level, they were finalists in the Concours International de Piano à 4 mains de Valberg (France, 2009) and in the Liszt 200 Chicago International Piano Duos Competition (U.S., 2011). Their brilliant interpretation of John Corigliano’s Gazebo Dances also awarded them a special mention from the jury at the prestigious Concours Grieg – International Piano Competition in Oslo (Norway, 2010). They won the 2nd price at the Roma International Piano Competition (Italy, 2013).
In the 2016-17, they was selected by both Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut. Performances brought the Duo across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and included a tour on the west coast of the United States.
Their concert program titled Mémoires features works for one piano, four hands from across the classical, tango, and ragtime genres. Exploring the theme of memories, the program weaves between the intensity of Piazzolla’s tangos, the lyricism of Rachmaninov, and the liveliness of Samuel Barber. Mémoires is a concert that blends hard-driving rhythm with sweet nostalgia, resonating with audiences who will remember the dynamism of Duo Fortin-Poirier.