I express myself through music. It liberates me in ways that words simply cannot. For me, a world without music is no world at all. Through a simple but powerful message, music is what connects people and we, the musicians, are the messengers.
Canadian soprano Rachel Guertin-Lambertson is known for her great musicality and sensitivity on stage. Her genuine, charming presence, combined with the warmth and agility of her voice, easily captivates the audience, making her a promising young artist.
Currently pursuing her Master of Music in classical voice at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with teacher Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet, she had a very successful first academic year, having been awarded the Holland Scholarship, from the Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. Her last academic year has started off wonderfully, as she has performed for the first time at the Bimhuis, one of the Netherlands' most renown concert halls. In December 2021, she was awarded the silver medal in the Progressive Musicians Carnegie Hall Competition, as well as the silver medal in the Young category of the Neapolitan Masters Competition, giving her the opportunity to perform in a concert Naples and at the Mimas Festival in Procida Island, in Italy, in August 2022. In January 2022, Rachel won first place in the vocal category of the music competition Nouvelles Étoiles. In May 2022, she will be the soloist in the Mozart's cantata Davide Penitente, with Koor de Wit and Mozart orchestra directed by Ivo Meinen, at the Zuiderkerk and the Dominicuskerk, in Amsterdam.
In May 2020, Rachel obtained her bachelor’s degree at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, with a mention of excellence and a final result of 92%. Her first big appearance was in 2018, when she sang the aria Zerfliesse mein Herze from Bach's Johannes-Passion during the Montreal Bach Festival, at the Church of St. Andrews and St. Paul and at the Abbaye de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac. In the summer of 2017, she won an important scholarship to participate in the Weimar Bach Cantata Academy, in Germany, directed by the highly acclaimed German director, Helmuth Rilling. During her college and bachelor studies, she played leading roles such as the Fairy Godmother in Massenet’s Cendrillon (2016), Papagena and Knabe Zwei in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (2018), Ida in Strauss's Die Fledermaus (2019), and Noémie in Massenet's Cendrillon (2020).
Throughout her years of study, Rachel has been awarded important grant, including the Holland Scholarship (2020) and the Aida bursary from the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada foundation. She has won first place in several competitions like the Pierre-de-Saurel music competition (2018), the Choeur de la Montagne competition (2018 & 2019), and the Concours de Musique de Sherbrooke (2019), second place in the Progressive Musicians Carnegie Hall Competition (2021), second place in the Young Category of the Neapolitan Masters Competition (2022) and first place in the vocal category of the competition Nouvelles Étoiles (2022).
Rachel has worked with several renowned teachers, coaches, and directors such as Helmuth Riling, Kathy Saltzman Romey, Lorenzo Ghirlanda, Julien Prégardien, Alexander Oliver, Roberta Alexander, Ed Spanjaard, Ira Siff, David Bollen, Sasja Hunnego, Martin Vacha, Barbara Bonney, Don Marrazzo, Natalie Doucet, David Bollen, Céline Dutilly, Donna Brown, Jacques Lacombe and Julian Kuerti.
French and English - Perfectly bilingual written and oral
German - B1
Spanish - Intermediate written and oral
Italian - Intermediate written and oral
Dutch - Beginner/Intermediate written and oral
DANCE & PIANO
Since the age of six, Rachel has extensively studied classical piano. In addition, she has 16 years of classical ballet training and has performed in other styles such as ballet-jazz, contemporary, and flamenco. Because of her dance training, Rachel was able to acquire great confidence and ease on stage, from a very young age.