Amélie Langlois and Catherine Donkin have been playing together as the Duo Rideau since 2004, and have been active in various concert series in Ottawa ever since. In September of 2008 they travelled to Norway, and were semi-finalists in the Grieg International Piano Competition, as well as receiving a special mention for the performance of a piece by Canadian composer Diana McIntosh. They have also been participants in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New York, winning first prize in both 2008 and 2010. As part of the prize, the duet was invited to play on a recital at Carnegie Hall in May of 2010. Most recently, Amélie and Catherine premiered a Piano Duet Concerto with the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, composed by Christine Donkin.
Since moving to Ottawa in 1998, Catherine Donkin has been an active chamber musician. As well as playing well-loved repertoire, she has also performed a number of world premieres, by such composers as John Armstrong, Clarice Assad, and her sister Christine Donkin. Catherine is on the Associate Performance Faculty at Carleton University, and maintains a busy teaching studio in Ottawa.
Collaborative pianist Amélie Langlois enjoys the busy life of an accompanist. She holds a Master’s degree in Piano Accompaniment from the North Carolina School of the Arts. She had the opportunity to play for Dalton Baldwin, Warren Jones, Edith Wiens, Donna Brown, Daniel Taylor and Elisabeth Turnbull. This year, she maintain a full private music studio in Ottawa. She is also the accompanist for le choeur du Conservatoire in Gatineau.