Louis Charbonneau

Louis Charbonneau. Cellist, teacher, b Montreal 23 or 24 Feb 1865, d Quebec City 23 Nov 1927. His father was the organ-builder Raymond Roger Charbonneau, who worked at Casavant Frères.

Charbonneau, Louis

Louis Charbonneau. Cellist, teacher, b Montreal 23 or 24 Feb 1865, d Quebec City 23 Nov 1927. His father was the organ-builder Raymond Roger Charbonneau, who worked at Casavant Frères. Louis began studying violin at 12 but transferred to cello when he was 20 and studied in Boston with the German virtuoso cellist Alwin Schroeder. He was for many years a member of the MSO under Couture and later under Goulet. About 1890, with Frantz Jehin-Prume and Émery Lavigne, he founded the Trio de Montréal (1890s). The quartet he formed with Alfred De Sève, Émile Taranto, and Otto Zimmerman performed some of the Beethoven string quartets Charbonneau performed 1899-1900 in the Sunday Concerts at Karn Hall as a member of various trios and quartets and during the 1911-12 season in the National Theatre orchestra with the young pianist Wilfrid Pelletier. Rodolphe Plamondon was a pupil. In 1917 Charbonneau founded the Quebec Musicians' Association (AF of M local 119) of which he was president until 1920.

See also Maurice Charbonneau and Roger Charbonneau (his sons), and Louis Charbonneau (his grandson).


Further Reading

  • Men of Canada (Toronto, Brantford 1896)