Gertrude Létourneau, flutist and Catherine Donkin, pianist have collaborated in various chamber music concerts in the past few years. After discovering their mutual passion for French music they officially created Duo Dolce, offering a repertoire filled with French elegance and virtuosity. Duo Dolce combines a great musical sensibility with a warm sense of presentation, sharing with the audience some insights about the repertoire. Their programs include music from composers such as Debussy, Ravel, Sancan, Bizet, Fauré and Dutilleux.
“People expressed admiration for your ensemble playing, for your choice of repertoire and the information you provided about the pieces you played. I too thought it was an exceptional performance, in all respects.” -Wita Schliewen, House Concert Hostess
“Another awesome concert, beautifully played, enchanted us all”.
-Olga Ojewliw, Past President, Ottawa Flute Association
gertrudeletourneau @ gmail.com (without the spaces) 613-799-1032
cdonkin @ hotmail.com (without the spaces)
Gertrude Létourneau, flutist and singer has performed across Canada for audiences of all ages. She released two CDs: “Habanera” for flute and guitar with Garry Elliott and “histoires d’amour…” for voice and piano. Gertrude has presented concerts in various venues in the Ottawa area including Almonte in Concert, the National Arts Centre and the Canadian War Museum. She has been a musician and singer at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre in Ottawa since 2000. She was a finalist in the singing competition Ma Première Place des Arts 2017 in Montreal. Gertrude obtained a Bachelor degree in Music from the University of Ottawa, a Master’s degree in Performance from the Université de Montréal and a Licentiate in Performance and Communication Skills from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. She also studied flute with Geoffrey Gilbert in Florida and has received the National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary.
Catherine Donkin is an active teacher and performer in Ottawa. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Alberta, and Master’s Degree from the University of Ottawa, both in Piano Performance. Career highlights include a performance at Carnegie Hall, and another at the Grieg International Piano Competition, when she performed in the Duo Rideau piano duet. She is also a chamber music performer who plays locally. Catherine is a Performance Instructor for Carleton University’s Music Department and maintains a busy private teaching studio, with some students attaining recognition nationally and internationally.
November 24: House Concert in Gatineau
November 3: House Concert in Ottawa
November 2: Alumni Series, University of Ottawa
October 24: Southminster United Church
October 21: Glebe St.James United Church
October 14: MERA Blue Jeans Classical Concerts, Macdonald’s Corners
October 13: McKay United Church
October 11: Oak Park Retirement Residence
September 29: Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre
Gertrude Létourneau, flute and Catherine Donkin, piano
- Madrigal Philippe Gaubert 1879-1941
- Grand Solo no 13, op.96 Jean-Louis Tulou 1786-1865
- Pièce en forme de Habanera Maurice Ravel 1875-1937
- Sonatine Pierre Sancan 1916-2008
- En Bateau Claude Debussy 1862-1918
- Les Collines d’Anacapri Claude Debussy 1862-1918
- La Danse de la chèvre Arthur Honneger 1892-1955
- Morceau de concours Gabriel Fauré 1845-1924
- Concertino, op.107 Cécile Chaminade 1857-1944