The team

Frédéric Léotar

Frédéric Léotar

Executive Director

Co-founder and Executive Director of the Centre, Frédéric manages and develops the organisation in support of its artistic and social mission. He undertakes the organization of various projects to promote the recognition of musicians from different traditions and greater linkage with academic institutions and the public.
Recognized specialist in music of oral tradition in Siberia and in Central Asia (PhD), Dr. Léotar is a teacher, lecturer and consultant (UNESCO). His research projects have been repeatedly supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). He is a regular member of the Observatory of Interdisciplinary Research and Creation in Music (OICRM).

Kiya Tabassian

Kiya Tabassian

Artistic Director

As Constantinople’s artistic director, Kiya Tabassian supervised the creation of about 40 new works with accomplished musicians from different traditions in more than 130 cities around the world. As the Centre’s artistic director, Kiya Tabassian will develop the artistic vision, manage the musicians’ residencies and extend the Centre’s artistic activities.

Julie Messier

Julie Messier

Administrative Director

Holder of a Bachelor’s degree in International Management and Cinema (HEC Montréal), Julie is responsible for the administrative and accounting management of the Centre des musiciens du monde. With a varied professional background, she has lived in Montreal, Helsinki and Amsterdam, in addition to traveling through many countries in Europe and Asia. She also contributed to a humanitarian mission in Haiti. Specialist in the management of community and cultural organizations, Julie is passionate about ensuring that the Centre has a solid administrative foundation in order to realize the full potential of its mission.

Sylvianne Lagueux-Tremblay

Sylvianne Lagueux-Tremblay

Coordinator

Sylvianne, holder of a Bachelor‘s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Montreal, is interested in the oral traditions and the cultural productions of local communities. She has participated in the development of various community-based projects and citizen’s initiatives in New York, Guatemala and Montreal in the past years. She is committed to maintaining good relations between the various members of the community. Sylvianne’s mission at the Centre is to coordinate the artistic and pedagogical activities between musicians and artists, and schools, families and the public.