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Whether as a soloist or accompanist, Carl Philippe Gionet is a much sought after collaborator, mainly in Europe and North America. He completed his doctorate in piano performance at Université de Montréal under the direction of Paul Stewart and has received specialized training in collaborative piano in Austria, Germany and England. Despite his numerous travels, he remains very involved in promoting music in his native New Brunswick as founder and artistic director of Musique sur mer en Acadie. Since 2014, he is collaborative piano professor and vocal coach for the summer master class given by the Associazione Cieli Vibranti in Breno, Italy.

Hlíf and Carl met in Iceland in 2014 and since then, they perform together on a regular basis in Canada, Iceland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.