Browsing: Chamber Music

Montreal, November 17, 2020 – Karina Gauvin, Montreal soprano, is Mécénat Musica’s first collaborative Artist in Residence. Karina Gauvin is a soprano of international renown, collaborating and vivaciously performing with the greatest symphony orchestras, opera companies and recital series around the world. Ms. Gauvin has recorded 50+ albums and among her distinctions has three Grammy nominations. The New York Times describes Ms. Gauvin as singing “with serene ease and radianceʺ. Opera News calls her the “queen of Baroque opera”. As collaborative Artist in Residence Ms. Gauvin will be performing with Mécénat Musica organizations and is also a donor under the Mécénat Musica program to keep…

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Sinfonia Toronto’s next Virtual Concert will top off the Beethoven anniversary year just before his actual 250th birthday on December 17. The [email protected] concert will livestream on December 5 and remain online until January 4. Maestro Nurhan Arman has selected a joyous program, with Beethoven’s Six Ländler Dances and the exuberant Symphony No. 7. The [email protected] concert will feature the premiere performance of Maestro Arman’s chamber orchestra arrangement of the Symphony No. 7. Commenting on his arrangement Maestro Arman noted that, “In 1816 Beethoven’s publisher and good friend Sigmund Anton Steiner published a string quintet arrangement of the seventh symphony. That version was created by arrangers employed by Steiner’s publishing…

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A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, violinist Lucy Wang is equally at home on stage as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral musician. She has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia as a founding member of the Viano String Quartet, winners of the First Prize at the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition. Lucy has also been a prizewinner in numerous solo competitions and as attended prestigious international festivals such as Aspen Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and New York String Orchestra Seminar. She is currently a Master of Music degree candidate at…

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Hope springs eternal,” Constance Pathy said a few days after Premier François Legault extended the performing-arts shutdown in Quebec to Nov. 23. Having been forced to cancel a concert in November by violinist Blake Pouliot, the president of the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club is looking forward to Dec. 6, when the New Orford String Quartet is booked to appear with two remarkable sidemen: violinist (and violist) James Ehnes and pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin. “I do so hope it comes off,” she said. In an odd way, the program coupling Beethoven’s String Quintet Op. 29 and Chausson’s Concert might be considered a perquisite of…

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It’s a season for discovering things,” says I Musici de Montréal artistic director Jean-Marie Zeitouni. Among the potential discoveries: whether six concerts streamed online from St. Jax Church will appeal to the chamber orchestra’s traditional audience base. As far as Zeitouni is concerned, the online option is an act of audience building. Those who pay the modest $20 fee can watch a concert from anywhere – even other time zones – at the hour of their choosing. “I’m not implying that we are competing with the Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall,” Zeitouni says. “But this allows friends and family members…

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Originally from Seoul, Korea, violinist Byungchan Lee garnered international attention as prizewinner of the inaugural 2009 Yuri Yankelevitch International Violin Competition, and was one of CBC’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30” in 2017. He appeared as soloist with the McGill and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, and performed alongside Stevie Wonder in Montreal as well as at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Byungchan toured the most prestigious Canadian and international halls, such as the Carnegie Hall, the MoMA’s Summergarden, the New York Choreographic Institute, and the Juilliard’s Focus Festival. Byungchan received his master’s degree from The…

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For Immediate Release, October 20, 2020 … The vibrant, expressive musical palette of cellist Matt Haimovitz and the graceful insight of pianist Mari Kodama meld in MON AMI, Mon amour, the new album from the PENTATONE Oxingale Series, available internationally on November 6, 2020. Haimovitz’s soaring cello and Kodama’s incisive piano flow together in constant, colorful conversation for rarities by sisters Lili and Nadia Boulanger, in the poignant Kaddish by Ravel and the melancholic Élégie by Milhaud, for iconic works by Poulenc and Debussy, and in beloved gems by Fauré. Framed by the 20th century’s two world wars, these French…

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Violinist Timothy Chooi won Second Prize at the 2019 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. He had already made a name for himself after receiving numerous awards, including the First Prize of the 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Germany, the First Prize of the 2018 Schadt Violin Competition in the USA, the Michael Hill Violin Competition in New-Zealand and the OSM ManulifeCompetition in Canada. In 2018, he won the Yves Paternot Prize at the Festival Verbier in Switzerland, which rewards the most promising and accomplished musician at the annual Academy of Young Professional Musicians. Timothy Chooi studied at the Curtis…

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You’ll often hear me telling people a couple of generations down the line that they should listen to new music of our time rather than Beethoven and Mahler, which they will enjoy better once they are in their 50s. Can’t say I’ve made many converts. All the usual excuses: get home from work, make supper, put the kids to bed, veg out on the sofa, no concentration left for the squeaks and squawks of contemporary composers. Yeah, been there, done that. But I’m not giving up trying to persuade younger people to listen to the new. Wrap your ears, for…

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On Thursday, October 15, Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin joins Allegra Chamber Music for a Virtual Gala celebrating the organization’s 40th anniversary. Nézet-Séguin will perform at the piano in one of the works alongside his life-partner violist Pierre Tourville who has been a member of Allegra for 15 years. Allegra includes pianist Dorothy Fieldman Fraiberg, clarinettist Simon Aldrich, violinists Alexander Lozowski and Elvira Misbakhova and cellist Sheila Hannigan. The public Virtual Gala begins at 7:15 PM at www.allegrachambermusicgala.com on Facebook and YouTube. The concert is free, but donations are appreciated. See Yannick’s invitation  And in rehearsal. And Pierre Tourville’s invitation About Allegra…

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