Geneviève Liboiron and Daniel Áñez get together to form Wapiti Ensemble in 2012, a violin/piano & synthesizers duo dedicated to experimental and contemporary music.
The duo's first concert featured Morton Feldman's "For John Cage" and was performed in Bogota, Colombia. In Montreal, Wapiti has performed in concerts produced by Innovations in Concert and at the Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur, as guests in the 2011-2014 composer in residence's series, Maxime McKinley.
In 2014 they toured South America, playing concerts in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Bolivia.
In the summer 2015, Wapiti did an artistic residence in Mexico City, performing 4 concerts, and premiering 9 new works by Mexican composers.
GENEVIÈVE LIBOIRON, violin
Geneviève Liboiron has been a scholarship student at the Orford Arts Center and the Domaine Forget Academy in Quebec, as well as the Banff Center for the Arts in Alberta and the Kayaleh Academy in Switzerland. Developing her passion and curiosity for contemporary music, she joined Ensemble Paramirabo in 2012, doing a 6-week tour in 5 Canadian provinces Canada in 2013, playing more than 20 concerts, called “Le Sacre de Paramirabo”, including an arrangement of Stravinsky’s « Rite of Spring ». In the summer of 2013 was guest artist at the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab (LMCML). They also participated in a second Canadian tour in collaboration with the Toronto-based Thin Edge New Music Collective, playing the concert entitled “Raging Against The Machine”, and playing in 4 Canadian Provinces.
Geneviève is also the violinist of La Machine Ensemble, with whom they won the OPUS Prize 2012 for the best concert in the category “Musique actuelle/électroacoustique”, for their concert of Fausto Romitelli’s “Professor Bad Trip”.
Geneviève plays frequently with various ensembles in Montreal, including Ensemble Allogène, Ensemble Punktum, Arkea, amongst many. In 2014 she was chosen by the Bozzini Quartet for the second edition of their “Performer’s Kitchen”, where she played in duo with Clemens Merkel.
Geneviève teaches violin and music theory at the Monteregie Conservatoire and Regina Assumpta College.Geneviève is a graduate student from the University of Montreal, where she studied her undergraduate and her Master’s degree in violin performance with Anne Robert and Laurence Kayaleh.
DANIEL ÁÑEZ, piano
Colombian pianist born in Cartagena, Colombia, 1982, Daniel Áñez started his piano studies at 9 with teachers Liliana Hernández and Mauricio Villa. In 2005 he received his Musician Pianist with Honors undergraduate diploma from the Los Andes University, Bogota, where he studied with Ignacio Pacheco and Antonio Carbonell. In 2009 he finished his Master's Degree in piano performance at the University of Montreal, where he studied with Paul Stewart. He’s also a doctorate piano graduate from the University of Montreal, where he studied with Paul Stewart and Lorraine Vaillancourt.
He was selected for the Cycle of Concerts for Young Performers in 2002 by the Bank of the Republic of Colombia. He won the first prize in the 3rd « Maria Clara Cullell » International Piano Competition in San José, Costa Rica, in 2004. In 2005 he won an Honorary Diploma in the National Piano Competition in the Industrial University of Santander, Bucaramanga, Colombia.
As a concert pianist, he has played solo recitals in Colombia, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico and Canada. Daniel Áñez specializes in contemporary repertoire. He is part of Ensamble CG in Bogota, as well as Ensemble Allogène, Wapiti, Ciao Rhino and Ensemble Paramirabo in Montreal. He has participated in the premiere of works by Colombian composers Rodolfo Acosta R., Daniel Leguizamón, Camilo Méndez, and Ana María Romano, as well as premieres by Canadian composers André Hamel, Adam Basanta, Cassandra Miller and Michael Larocque, amongst others. He specializes in Latin-American repertoire.