Noémie Raymond-Friset first came to the Heifetz Institute in 2017 as a participant in the Ashkenasi/Kirshbaum Chamber Music Seminar, and has subsequently been a Heifetz On Tour featured artist in 2017 and 2018, an Artist in Residence, and a chamber-music coach in our HeifetzPEG program.
Ccalled one of the most promising Canadian cellists of her generation, Noémie is a passionate musician, praised for her sensitive and refined playing. She began playing the violin at age 4, and switched to the cello at 7. She has a master’s degree from the Université de Montréal, and is currently studying with Heifetz Institute faculty member Steven Doane at the Eastman School of Music, after having previously been in the graduate diploma program at New England Conservatory. NEC selected her to attend the Amsterdam Cello Biennale Festival, where she entered the Lutoslawski International Competition. Her critically-acclaimed performances include a Yo-Yo Ma master class to an audience of 800, the Saint-Saëns concerto for cello and orchestra, and the first movement of Dvorak’s concerto with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Vivaldi’s concerto for four violins and cello with Pinchas Zukerman playing first violin.
At the 2014 Prix d’Europe Competition, Noémie was awarded the Prix Guy Soucie (Best Performance of a Canadian Work). She is also well-known for her chamber performances, and her trio (Ouater) won the national final at the Canadian Music Competition. Principal Cellist as well as artistic Co-Artistic Director of the Eastman Cello Ensemble, Noémie is very active in the music community. She was invited by the Musical Corporation of Viña del Mar to perform for more than 300 students at La Calera in Chile as part of an introductory program to classical music. Her appearances also include recitals at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Les Concerts de la Chapelle and the Orford International Music Festival. In June 2016, she recorded the Prokofiev Sonata for CBC (Radio-Canada) with pianist Lysandre Ménard, a regular collaborator.
In 2014, Noémie was invited to perform in a masterclass given by Yo-Yo Ma for an audience of more than 1000 people, where she gave a “beautiful and sensitive performance” – La Scena Musicale. Additionally, she has worked with many internationally recognized cellists, including Heifetz faculty members Ralph Kirshbaum, Colin Carr, Laurence Lesser, and Hans Jørgen Jensen, as well as Richard Aaron, Raphael Wallfisch, Andres Díaz, Gary Hoffman, Johannes Moser, Michel Strauss, Lynn Harrell, and Philippe Müller.
As a laureate of the 2015 Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank, Noémie plays on a Joannes Guillami cello dating from 1769, on loan from the CCA.