MONTREAL, JANUARY 11, 2012 – With the Pacific Ocean 35,000 feet below and with former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien looking on, Royal Vale graduate Stéphane Tétreault recently redefined the meaning of in-flight entertainment by providing passengers with an impromptu cello performance.
Tétrault, a 2010 graduate of Royal Vale High School in NDG, is widely regarded as one of Canada’s rising musical stars. He was awarded first prize in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life-OSM 2007 Competition, and was a semi-finalist at both the 2008 Stulberg International String Competition and the 2009 Johansen International String Competition. Additionally, he placed in the top 20 at the 2008 Geneva International Cello Competition and was selected to participate at the prestigious 2009 Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris.
A testament to his talent, he was also the youngest participant, personally selected by Michael Tilson Thomas, the music director of the San Francisco Symphony and artistic director of the New World Symphony Orchestra, to participate in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, which performed at Carnegie Hall in New York.
“The staff and students of Royal Vale are always thrilled to hear about the
continued success of Stéphane,” said Chantal Martin, principal of Royal Vale. “We wish him well and are looking forward to what he’ll be doing next.”
Stéphane’s music can be heard at: http://www.stephanetetreault.com