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The Isidore, none of whose members is older than 23, has only been together since 2021 before winning the Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) on Sept. 4. The Juilliard students did play together a little in 2019, before the pandemic, but violist Devin Moore said at first there was little chemistry. The musicians were still focused on their individual career directions. String ­quartets were not yet a priority. “We were the right people at the wrong time,” said Moore. “But when we decided to try it again, everything sort of clicked.” In the summer of 2021, the four players…

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The Pentaèdre wind quintet announces a 2022-23 season of concerts that align with the group’s spirit of renewal, and the quest for exciting musical challenges that leads them to boldly explore diverse repertoires. The young artistic director, Ariane Brisson, introduces what’s on offer with the quintet in their five concerts of the season—beginning on Sept. 30, in the Serge-Garant Hall of the ­Faculty of Music of the Université de ­Montréal, with a concert dedicated to the Day of Truth and Reconciliation, featuring the ­première of a work by Odawa First Nation composer Barbara Assiginaak. This concert will feature American pianist…

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In 1970, violinist Luis Grinhauz was an assistant concertmaster for the Montreal ­Symphony Orchestra (OSM) when he noticed some problems in the city’s classical music scene. “The music schools were not very active in student concerts. The only chamber music heard in Montreal was by visiting groups,” Grinhauz said. “There was a need for musicians from the (student) orchestras to perform.” Yet when he attended the rare chamber music concerts in Montreal, he found the ­musicians performed the same few works. With the help of some friends in the OSM, Grinhauz and his wife, Berta Rosenohl, founded the chamber music…

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Camps – Music Lake Field Music Camp 647-692-3463 | www.lakefieldmusic.ca Application Deadline: June 30 Cost: $899 to 1599 Scholarships: Yes Languages: English Disciplines: Voice, flute, piano, brass, violin, viola, cello, bass, strings, guitar, fiddle, organ, saxophone, clarinet, oboe, woodwinds, percussion, orchestra, choir, chamber music, jazz, world music, improvisation, musical theatre Age Categories: Teens, adults One-week program with 20 coaches offering over 50 ensembles and workshops in Classical, Jazz, World and Popular music. Adult amateur singers and instrumentalists enjoy technique and master classes, small and large ensembles, choirs, musical theatre. Supportive and friendly environment to perform or simply enjoy daily concerts.…

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Body in motion Daniel Janke, piano and composition; Adele Armin, Mark Fewer, Aaron Schwebel, violin; Rory McLeod, alto; Amahl Arulanandam, Richard Armin, cello; Alan Hetherington, percussion Centrediscs, 2022 “Body in Motion is an homage to choreographers and dancers of the world. They are the hardest workers in the peforming arts. They are an inspiration.” This is what Canadian composer Daniel Janke had to say about his new Centredisques album. After Songs of Small Resistance in 2021, he has returned with three chamber music works and a solo piano work. We can only recommend this album. Listeners are charmed in the…

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Virtuosa Alexa Raine-Wright, flute; Sallynee Amawat, violin; Andrea Stewart, violoncello; Rona Nadler, harpsichord Leaf Music, 2022 In 2017, Infusion Baroque released the Virtuosa Series, a collection of videos highlighting the musical careers of fourteen women from the 18th and 19th centuries. Still infused with the desire to emphasize female composers’ accomplishments in the face of sexism, Infusion Baroque have released their new album Virtuosa. The 14 works on the album, derived from a variety of composers, most of them women, display the ensemble’s tonal flexibility: in their performance of Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17 they contrast…

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Dr. Peter Simon, Michael and Sonja Koerner President & CEO of The Royal Conservatory of Music, Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts, and James Anagnoson, Dean of The Glenn Gould School, revealed today the details of the 14th concert season since the opening of Koerner Hall in 2009. Two Gala Concerts  Jan Lisiecki with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in October “Rhapsody and the Blues” with Jens Lindemann, Jon Kimura Parker, and the Yamaha All Star Big Band in February Special event to Commemorate Truth and Reconciliation Day  featuring Tomson Highway, Rebecca Cuddy, Sarain Fox, and more Jazz series pays homage…

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Carolo: Space Time Continuo Amanda Keesmaat, 5-stringed bass violin and musical director; Andrea Stewart, Elinor Frey and Margaret Little, violas da gamba; Antoine Malette-Chénier, triple harp; Christophe Gauthier and Dorothéa Ventura, organ and cello; François Viault, Karim Nasr and Mathieu Lussier, bassoons; Sylvain Bergeron, archlute Leaf Music, 2022 Amanda Keesmat, artistic director of the Space Time Continuo ensemble, admits that it was no piece of cake to get this album done, yet the end result is nothing short of marvelous. Overshadowed by the health regulations ensuing from the pandemic, the recording session at Concordia University’s Oscar Peterson Concert Hall had…

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Beethoven: Complete Music for Cello and Piano Robert DeMaine, cello, Peter Takács, piano Leaf Music, 2022 In a comprehensive list of works written for cello and piano, which would amount to numerous opus numbers, Beethoven’s contributions are slim indeed, at least in numbers. Yet each piece he wrote for that format is worth its weight in gold. The wealth of ideas is so substantial in this facet of his oeuvre that it warrants rediscovery at every listen. So rich in invention are these works that their impact is greater than hundreds written by lesser talents. In this recently issued twin-CD…

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The Ladies’ Morning Musical Club is pleased to announce the 2022-23 season. The 131st season will begin on September 11th, 2022, featuring acclaimed English pianist Christian Blackshaw. The 131st season will consist of the following dates and artists: September 11, 2022: Christian Blackshaw, piano October 2, 2022: Los Angeles Piano Trio, piano trio October 23, 2022: Talich Quartet, string quartet November 13, 2022: Rachel Barton Pine, violin December 4, 2022: Calidore String Quartet, string quartet February 12, 2023: Lukas Geniušas, piano March 5, 2023: Alban Gerhardt, cello March 26, 2023: Elias String Quartet, string quartet April 16, 2023: James Ehnes,…

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