An entire week of exceptional programming, during which the Cinémathèque’s pianist in residence
Gabriel Thibaudeau and three colleagues from international cinematheques (Maud Nelissen from Amsterdam,
Antonio Coppola from Bologna and Philip Carli from Rochester New York), will take over salle Claude-Jutra’s
piano, closing the celebrations of our 50th anniversary. Actor Rémy Girard will serve as Honorary President
of the event. Pierre-Henri Deleau, long-time director of the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, will introduce
every screening. The pianists have chosen a selection of the finest silent films for the occasion.


1. In person

Cinémathèque québécoise
335, De Maisonneuve Blvd East
Montréal, Québec, H2X 1K1
Berri-UQAM Metro (De Maisonneuve exit)

* Members must purchase tickets directly at the Cinémathèque québécoise to enjoy their discount.

2. Online

(French only)




Philip Carli

Philip Carli accompanied his first silent film, Le Bossu de Notre-Dame (1923), when he was only 13 years old. While a student, he programmed and accompanied a selection of silent films near his home. Since then, he has continued studying film, music and culture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century as a doctoral student in musicology at the Eastman School of Music. Carli has toured extensively as a sideman films in North America and Europe, playing in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery in Washington DC, the Cinémathèque québécoise in Montreal the National Film Theatre in London and the International Film Festival of Berlin. He is conductor of the Flower City Society Orchestra, established in 1993.


Maud Nelissen

Maud Nelissen is a composer, pianist and film accompanist. In recent years she has devoted more and more time to composing (silent) filmmusic. In 1999 she worked with Charlie Chaplin's own pianist and arranger Eric James in Italy and since then has become a popular film accompanist at many festivals and special events in Europe and America.

For her own compositions Maud Nelissen respects the original 1910's and 20's styles, but develops and blends these with her own modern inventions. Commissioned by the Dutch Film in Concert, she composed a very successful orchestral score for The Patsy (1928) starring Marion Davies. She founded also her own silent film ensemble "The Sprockets". Together with them Maud gave a series of sell-out filmconcerts at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and performs now solo, or with The Sprockets or various other ensembles and orchestras in Holland or abroad. She made her American début at the Telluride Filmfestival in Colorado.

Gabriel Thibaudeau

Born in 1959 the canadian composer, pianist and conductor Gabriel Thibaudeau studied piano in Montreal at the Vincent D'Indy music school and composition at L'Université de Montréal.  He started to work at the age of 15 as pianist for the ballet. Since then, he has been pianist for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, appointed pianist at La Cinémathèque Québécoise for the last 25 years and is composer in residence with L'Octuor de France for more than 15 years. Thibaudeau's work is including music for the ballet, the opera,  chamber music and several orchestral compositions for silent films. His works are performed as well in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Several international institutions have commissioned him works, among them: Le Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Cineteca di Bologna, Le Festival de Cannes, the National Gallery in Washington, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.  Gabriel Thibaudeau is represented by Troublemakers inc.


Antonio Coppola

Born in Rome in 1956, he began to study the piano at a very early age. In 1965 he enrolled in the Santa Cecilia Conservatory, and followed courses in piano performance, composition and orchestral conducting until 1977.

Starting in 1973, he began to play as accompanist for theatrical productions and contemporary dance classes. He was so fascinated and inspired by this experience that he gave up all other musical activities in order to devote himself exclusively to creating soundtracks for silent cinema. From that time onwards, Antonio Coppola has been the acclaimed guest of film festivals and retrospectives all over the world, bothas a musician and as a member of juries, as well as having been engaged by a number of film archives and universities as a research consultant on the restoration of original soundtrack.


Free lectures

This year's program includes free lectures every afternoon, which will be given by the guest pianists. Each pianist will present one of his favorite movies and will be on hand to interact with the audience.

Benefit event

A benefit event will be held on Thursday, April 17, starting at 6pm, marking the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Charlie Chaplin in the world of cinema. Four projections of short films featuring Chaplin will be accompanied by music, in turn, by Gabriel Thibaudeau and the guest pianists.

For more information on the programs, tickets or for any other questions, please contact us.

Cinémathèque québécoise
335, De Maisonneuve Blvd East
Montréal, Québec, H2X 1K1
Berri-UQAM Metro (De Maisonneuve exit)

P. 514-842-9763

About the Cinémathèque

The Cinémathèque québécoise is Montreal’s museum of moving images. Its mission is to preserve and promote the world’s audiovisual heritage, with an emphasis on Quebec and Canadian works as well as international animation, and to make it available for cultural and educational purposes.