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Sept2018

Karrin Allyson Masterclass
Presented by George Koller Productions

Monday September 10, 2018 at 7 pm
Tickets on Eventbrite $50/$100

This is a very rare opportunity for music lovers, students and professionals to come together and gather musical knowledge and life experience from one of the world's most celebrated jazz vocalists. All are welcome. The vibes are warm.

Karrin Allyson is offering a vocal jazz masterclass on Monday September 10 in Toronto at Gallery 345.

A focused and practical approach to:

  1. choosing repertoire
  2. choosing keys
  3. conceiving, executing an arrangement
  4. interpretation
  5. how to build a band and lead it
  6. how to sing a standard 5 different ways

Know how to get deeper into the material and come away with more confidence and direction for your creative goals. 

For more info go to karrin.com “Teach” page 

$100.00  (for participant...approx. 15 minutes per person depending on size of class) 

Guitarist Rod Fleeman and bassist George Koller will be accompanying the students. 

Please bring 2 charts in YOUR keys that you’d like to work on. 
$50.00 to audit (no participation) 

Time will be saved for questions on all topics  (participants and auditors).

If you need more info or have questions please call George Koller at 416-436-8864, georgekoller@hotmail.com

Big and Bigger –The Large Ensemble Experience
Incandescent Cat-Dude
Dennis Kwok Tentet

Thursday, September 16, 2018 at 2 pm
Admission $20; $10 Students

The Dennis Kwok Tentet is his first major project as a bandleader investigating a reoccurring love for large ensembles while assimilating his influences and experiences. The Dennis Kwok Tentet was formed in 2016 and consists of young, upcoming jazz musicians from across the GTA that share the interest of constantly creating and performing new works. This group is dedicated to showcasing original compositions and arrangements from within the band. The group aims to blur the lines between a small group and large ensemble where each member is prominently featured as a soloist while exploring the possibilities of large ensemble traditions.

Incandescent Cat-Dude is a 17-piece big band comprised of Toronto's rising talents, playing original music conceived through cinematic and classical language built on extended, challenging forms. Program includes music about a delusional, inept superhero who is half-cat, half-dude, a gravelord who found the Souls of Lords within the flame, and a gluttonous monster that will engulf the world.

Dennis Kwok Tentet:
Dennis Kwok- Alto Saxophone
Brenden Varty- Tenor Saxophone
Kyle Tarder-Stoll- Tenor Saxophone
Chris Dempski- Baritone Saxophone
Andrew Gormley- Trombone
Mason Victoria- Trumpet
Paul Callander- Trumpet
Augustine Yates- Piano
Jon Wielebnowski- Bass
Jacob Wutzke- Drums

Incandescent Cat-Dude:
TBA

The Art of the Piano: Jarred Dunn

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25/$15 Student (Cash only at the door)
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Program

Szymanowski: Mazurkas Op. 62
Debussy: L’isle Joyeuse L. 106
Górecki: Preludes Op. 1
Liszt: Spanish Rhapsody S. 254

Intermission

Chopin:
Scherzo 1
Scherzo 2
Scherzo 3

Winner of the 2018 Lithuanian International Chopin Competition (Vilnius), Jarred Dunn has been a pianist for 26 of his 29 years. Mr. Dunn has performed worldwide as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestras. His career has included invitations to perform in Poland, Hungary, Belarus, Slovakia, Germany, Spain, Malta, The Czech Republic, England, United States, Canada, and Australia.  As a performer he has been hailed by the New York Classical Music Guides as “evocative and mystical” (Donald Isler), and "technically perfect" by Belarusian First Radio.  His performances have been heard on WWFM, WQXR, Belarus First Radio Minsk, and CHR (Hastings, ON).  As a teacher, he has lectured in Canada, the United States, Poland, and Australia.  He has performed with the Torun (Poland), Etobicoke (Toronto), Rose (Brampton), Vilnius Chamber Symphony (Lithuania), Eurasia Chamber Orchestra (Berlin), Budapest Chamber (Hungary), and Symphony of Radio and Television Minsk (Belarus) Symphony Orchestras.

Alongside David Dubal, Jarred Dunn has helped to author The Piano Matters (Yale University Press, forthcoming) and they are currently collaborating on another book.  Having been an assistant to David Dubal, Mr. Dunn has given lectures and master classes at Steinway Gallery, numerous ORMTA locations, F Chopin University of Music, Pre-Colleges of Białystok, Lożma, and Suwałki, Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard Evening Division. He performed in the International Keyboard Institute (Mannes College) and on WQXR New York.  His articles have also been published in the CMEA Journal, for which he writes regularly.  Of special importance to him was research at the former site of Auschwitz-Birkenau and music during the Holocaust, culminating in an article about Anita Lasker-Wallfisch (former cellist of the Auschwitz Women's Orchestra). He is also completing a book on form in piano concerti, having received an unprecedented perfect score on the completion and defence of his graduate thesis, The New Formalist: Approaching Piano Concertos. He is now writing this thesis into a book. 

Mr. Dunn has been teaching the piano since 2005, and is responsible for unique advancements in his hometown of Brampton's musical community. As a lecturer, he has been sought by the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association, judged and adjudicated in competitions and auditions including the Burlington Music Festival, Davenport Music Festival, Peel Music Festival, North York Music Festival and Competition, Stirling Festival, Rockland Auditions in New York, Merriam Piano Competition, and the Discover Canada National Research Competition in Poland. He holds top prizes from the North York, Verona Zinetti International, D. Vincenzo Vitti, and Rome Academy Award Competitions. In 2013, he received the Teacher Recognition Award from the Ontario Federation of Teachers, and in 2012 at the University of Toronto he received the W.O. Forsyth Graduation Award, given to the most meritorious pianist graduating.  He has received numerous scholarships and awards for his scholastic, musical, and scholarly achievements.

His interest in a multitude of approaches to piano playing has taken him around the world. Dunn has performed in master classes and consulted with many eminent artists and pedagogues, including Dmitry Alexeev, Dmitry Bashkirov, Seymour Bernstein, Andrea Bonatta, Janina Fialkowska, Leslie Howard, Jeno Jando, Robert Levin, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, Robert McDonald, John O’Conor, Choong-mo Kang, Andrzej Jasiński, Robert Levin, Seymour Lipkin, Jerome Lowenthal, Matti Raekallio, Hartmut Sauer, Ilja Scheps, Balasz Szokolay, Nelita True, and Eliso Virsaladze.  He is a double-graduate of the University of Toronto (B.M., Piano; B.Ed., English) and studied at The Juilliard School with Jacob Lateiner and Yoheved Kaplinsky. While in New York, he became one of the only members of his generation to study with Dorothy Taubman. He completed his Master of Music degree and Post-Graduate diploma in piano at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, where he was a student of Anna Górecka (daughter of the eminent composer HM Górecki)

Jarred Dunn welcomes invitations and requests for performances as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician/collaborator.  He also teaches actively as a master class clinician and lecturer.  For booking, please use the Contact page to get in touch with him.
www.jarredunn.com

Magisterra Soloists
Brahms Piano Quartet
Louis Vierne Piano Quintet

Friday September 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm
$35/$15 Students (cash at the door)

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Program
JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Piano Quartet G minor op.25

I. Allegro (G minor)
II. Intermezzo: Allegro ma non troppo — Trio: Animato (C minor, ends in C major)
III. Andante con moto (E♭ major)
IV. Rondo alla Zingarese: Presto (G minor)

Frangel Cesena , violin
Vladimir Mendelssohn, viola
Robin Hasenpflug , cello
Kyoko Hashimoto, piano

Intermission

LOUIS VICTOR LOUIS VIERNE (1870 – 1937)
Piano Quintet F major

1. Poco lento - Moderato
2. Larghetto sostenuto
3. Maestoso - Allegro molto risoluto

Barbara-Annette Vogel, violin
Frangel Cesena , violin
Vladimir Mendelssohn, viola
Robin Hasenpflug , cello
Kyoko Hashimoto, piano

Magisterra Soloists has become the face of visionary chamber music in Southern Ontario: based out of London, ON, Magisterra Soloists has a current roster of over 35 international musicians hailing from over 13 countries, a repertoire of over 100 works, more than 70 concert performances and two dozen school outreach visits.

Founded in 2015 by internationally-acclaimed violinist, Artistic Director Annette-Barbara Vogel, the ensemble is proud to call upon some of the finest chamber musicians worldwide, bringing first rate festival-style chamber music concerts to the region through its “Magisterra at the Museum” concert series, among others. Magisterra Soloists plays a significant role in invigorating and enriching the local artistic experience. Its carefully-crafted programs engage timeless masterworks in tandem with countless intriguing new discoveries. Performances showcase the ensemble’s total commitment and unceasing curiosity in sharing gems of the string chamber music literature with the community.

The ensemble’s interactive educational “Magisterra in Schools” program has reached already thousands of youth from kindergarten to high school. Magisterra Soloists is particularly passionate about bringing up-close exposure to the arts to underprivileged and rural school communities. Thanks to a generous grant from the Ontario Arts Council, the ensemble will be offering programming in both English and French to roughly 2000 children in the 2018- 2019 school year.

Magisterra Soloists is committed to providing invaluable professional development to young talent. Its “on-the-job” mentorship program, “Magisterra Fellows,” has already provided artistic training to nearly a dozen deserving emerging artists. This rigorous musical training will serve them richly in their future careers as professional musicians.

While providing opportunities to young professionals, Magisterra Soloists is proud to serve the local community and to showcase our city’s best to the outside world. As champions of Canadian art and artists, the ensemble has already successfully completed three multi-city tours through both Canada and Brazil. Stay tuned for the full tour itinerary of the ensemble’s third annual Ontario-Quebec May 2019 Tour.

The Art of the Piano: Raviv Leibzirer

Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 2 pm
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Program
Robert Schumann ( 1810 - 1856)
Carnaval op. 9
Symphonic etudes op. 13

Intermission

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
6 piano pieces op. 118

Raviv Leibzirer was born in Israel in 1987. He receivedd his first piano lessons at the age of seven and studied for ten years in the class of Mr. Philip Lurié at the Kiryat Tivon Conservatory.

After completing his military service in the IDF as an ”Outstanding Musician,” Raviv began his Bachelor studies at the Buchman-Mehta School of Music with Prof. Michael Bugoslavsky and Prof. Emanuel Krasovsky. He continued his studies with Mr. Daniel Hoexter and Ms. Irit Rimon.

Raviv has been supported by the Rotary Foundation between the years 1999-2004, received AICF scholarships between 2004- 2012, the Buchman-Hyman scholarship in 2012 and the Swiss Government Scholarship for Young Musicians.

In 2005 Raviv won the 2nd prize in the “Tel Hai International Master Classes” Competition, in 2008 won 1st prize in the “Piano Forever” Competition and in 2010 won 1st prize in the “Katz” Competition at the Buchman-Mehta School of Music.

In 2012 he won the “Grand Prize” as well as the “Audience Award” in the prestigious “Aviv” Competition held by the AICF.

Raviv performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Israel: The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, among others.

In 2014 he began his Master studies at the "Hochschule der Künste" in Zurich, Switzerland with Prof. Till Fellner, graduating in 2016 with distinction.
https://youtu.be/PsYF5R85bIk

Music from Norway

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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Works by Grieg, Tveitt, Olé Bull, Svendsen and traditional folk music on the Hardanger fiddle, a beautiful and resonant nine-string Norwegian instrument.

Celebrated for her stunning virtuosity, nuance and broad musical versatility, Wisconsin-born violinist, Rebekah Wolkstein has established a strong presence on the Toronto music scene.
As a classical violinist, Rebekah has performed and toured extensively with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The National Ballet of Canada, The Canadian Opera Company, and in recitals with famous baritone, Russell Braun.

An active studio musician, Rebekah is also at home playing folk, klezmer, pop, latin, and jazz and can be heard on numerous recordings.

Aside from her active performing career, Rebekah holds a doctorate in violin performance from the University of Toronto as well as degrees in violin from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Rebekah is a member of the Payadora Tango Ensemble which has performed sold-out shows at the St Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Four Series Centre World Music Series and Toronto Music Festival, Indian River Festival in PEI, Toronto Jazz Festival and Ottawa Chamberfest.

Her crossover string quartet, Venuti String Quartet which began as a recording ensemble has performed concerts at the National Arts Centre, Aeolian Hall, Massey Hall, Harbourfront’s Toronto Summer Music in the Garden Series and Indian River in PEI. The quartet is known for their artistry in classical repertoire and their ability to play jazz, world music and pop charts equally well.

Rebekah also enjoys performing Norwegian music on her hardanger fiddle.

Toronto-based pianist Tom King was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan and began his post-secondary piano studies at the University of Alberta with pianist Stephane Lemelin. He then spent time in Bergen, Norway at the Grieg Academy, and in Oslo concentrating his studies on Scandinavian music with some of Norway's finest pianists. Tom later returned to Canada and received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Ottawa studying with Andrew Tunis. He holds a Masters of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Western Ontario where he studied with pianist John Hess.

Tom has spent time in residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts studying with pianists Angela Cheng and Anton Kuerti among others and has been heard in recital on CBC radio. As well being in demand as a collaborative pianist and teacher, he has worked as an orchestral pianist for the Edmonton Symphony, has performed with acts such as the Pointer Sisters and Petula Clark, and is also an accomplished jazz pianist having performed throughout Canada including performances at the Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal International Jazz Festivals. He is also a founding member of Toronto's Payadora Tango Ensemble.

With many years of professional work as collaborative pianist, Tom has an extensive repertoire and is experienced accompanying all instruments and vocalists.

Oct2018

KINETIC - Songs of Lake Volta
Special Guest: Drew Jurecka, violin

Friday October 5, 2018 at 8 pm
$30; $15 Students (Cash only at the door)
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Anqwenique Wingfield,vocals
Anthony Ambroso, guitar
Joe Sheehan, keyboards
Jason Rafalak, bass
PJ Roduta, percussion
Ryan Socrates, drum
Drew Jurecka, violin

Songs of Lake Volta, Joe Sheehan’s debut on Ansonica Records, finds the composer and pianist fusing his passion or the music of West Africa, particularly that of Ghana, with his background in both classical chamber music and contemporary jazz. Songs of Lake Volta features nine traditional Ghanian songs surrounded by original music composed by Sheehan, performed by two critically acclaimed groups: Kinetic and Kassia Ensemble. Sheehan returned to Ghana several times after a life-changing trip in 2008, between 2013 and 2017, to further explore the country and its music.

The intensity of these studies, which included many unforgettable late nights drumming and dancing, continued to inspire him, resulting in Kinetic’s 2014 recording, World of Wonder, and now in Songs of Lake Volta. To promote the values of open, critical cross-cultural dialogue, this genre-bending album challenges the persistent notion of drumming being the sole outstanding feature of traditional African music. Kinetic, which Sheehan founded, is comprised of five versatile musicians who believe in breaking down barriers between traditional music genres and audiences. The newly-formed Kassia Ensemble is equally focused on breaking down barriers – the all-woman group came together to supersede the gender barrier that is prevalent in classical music. Songs of Lake Volta features vocalist Anqwenique Wingfield singing in various indigenous languages and styles representative of Ghana’s ethnic diversity. The amalgamation of the Kassia Ensemble’s and Kinetic’s musicians represents an equally diverse spirit, incorporating whose work outside these groups extends to contemporary classical, R&B and hip-hop.

Songs of Lake Volta expresses Sheehan’s joy and admiration for Ghanian music in an honest and respectful way, sharing a wisdom that unites the three music traditions from which it draws influence: West African, classical and jazz.

Kinetic has performed at the 2016 & 2014 Three Rivers Arts Festival, the 2016 Reservoir of Jazz series at Highland Park, the 2012 African Arts in the Park, the 2018 & 2016 Chamber Music Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Presents Series, the Westmoreland Museum of Art, the Carnegie Library in Oakland, the Pittsburgh Winery, Dance Alloy Studios, Club Cafe, the Thunderbird Cafe, James St. Gastropub & Speakeasy, and the Fairmont Hotel. Their debut album World of Wonder was selected for the 2014 WYEP The Soul Show Albums of the Year.

joesheehanmusic.com/kinetic | ansonicarecords.com | Ansonica Records EPK

Jazz at the Gallery: Thanksgiving Jazz Trio
Paul Novotny, bass, Mark Eisenman, piano, Barry Elmes, percussion

Saturday October 6, 2017 at 8 pm 
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Mark Eisenman is one among a handful of the top ‘in-demand’ jazz pianists in Toronto. Born in New York City but based in Toronto since 1972, Mark started studying the piano with his father. By the age of eighteen he had resolved that he would be pursuing the piano as a career interest. He entered into the music program at York University and after a short time discovered jazz music. With his introduction to this idiom his musical interest peaked.

Under the tutelage of John Gittins and others Mark ultimately took a degree in Fine Arts, and as testimony to his continuing dedication to the learning process, currently conducts jazz workshops at York as a part-time faculty member. His teaching has expanded to include “The Jazz Camp”, classes at Mohawk College in Hamilton plus private teaching in his home studio.

Mark has performed and toured with numerous eminent jazz artists including the following: Blue Mitchell, Woody Shaw, Nat Adderley, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Sam Noto and Pat LaBarbera. He is heard frequently on the radio, including regular appearances on CBC’s Sunday Edition with Michael Enright, and is well represented on recordings. His most recent CD “Sweet and Lovely” features legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb and bassist Pat Collins.

In addition to being a pianist of great clarity and discipline, Mark has been developing his compositional skills. His tunes appear on recordings by a variety of groups.

"His professional status is based largely on his skill and versatility as an ensemble player, but what marks him most is an ability to produce, no matter what the musical company, distinctive well-structured solos" (Toronto Star).

In Mark's own words, what is most rewarding to him as a performer is the sense that "...everyone is having a good time because that means the music is good". With an outlook such as this, it should come as no surprise that he frequently works Toronto's major jazz spots. He is a skillful soloist, a versatile ensemble player and a thoughtful and sensitive accompanist. In 1999 Mark received The Jazz Report Award for “Acoustic Pianist of the Year”. 

International performer, drummer, composer, record producer, educator and multi-award winning Barry Elmes is a mainstay of the Canadian jazz scene. His work has been documented on over 90 jazz CDs and he has performed and/or recorded with many renowned jazz artists including: Tommy Flanagan, Hank Crawford, Diana Krall, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie, Oliver Jones, Cedar Walton, Phil Nimmons, Dizzy Gillespie and the Moe Koffman Quintet.

In 1991 he formed the Barry Elmes Quintet, featuring a “who’s who” of the best in Canadian jazz. A success from the beginning, this group has released five notable recordings, the first of which, the critically acclaimed “Climbing”, featured Barry’s own compositions and received a Juno nomination for Best Jazz Recording. His CD “The Five Minute Warning” received an Indie Award nomination for Best Jazz Recording 2001. The Barry Elmes Quintet won Acoustic Jazz Group of the Year at the 2002 National Jazz Awards.

Barry’s long-awaited CD “Redshift”, released in March 2011, showcases new compositions performed by regular quintet members Mike Murley (saxophone), Kevin Turcotte (trumpet), Reg Schwager (guitar), Steve Wallace (bass), plus special guests Kelly Jefferson (saxophone, flute) and Vanessa Rodrigues (Hammond organ).

Barry has performed all over the world. He represented Canada at the 1992 Venezuela International Jazz Festival with the quartet Time Warp. In 1994 he was featured with the Oliver Jones Trio on the Governor-General’s Tour of China, Japan and Korea. In 1996 he performed in Brazil and toured South Africa with the Canadian Jazz Giants. In April 2000, Barry’s quintet completed a groundbreaking tour of Chile, and in 2012 the quintet celebrated its twentieth anniversary with a Canadian tour.

In addition, Barry continues to produce recordings for a variety of artists, co-leads the jazz quartet Time Warp and presides over Cornerstone Records Inc., a successful artist-owned jazz label and publishing company dedicated to presenting recordings by Canadian jazz artists. Barry is an associate professor of music at York University and currently serves as the Area Coordinator for Jazz. 

Paul Novotny (bassist, producer, composer) was born on July 25, 1958 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He has been a familiar figure on bandstands and concert stages throughout Toronto and at jazz festivals for a number of years as a member of The Brian Browne Trio and bassist for the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra. As a sideman, he has worked with many other great jazz artists including Cedar Walton, Geoff Keezer, Jo Anne Brakeen, Junior Mance, Darrell Grant, Don Thompson, Joe Sealy, Tommy Banks, Moncef Genoud, Phil Nimmons, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, and Reg Schwager.

Novotny also currently performs as a member of the Daniel Barnes Quintet, and plays electric bass with The Blay Ambolley/Joe Sealy African Projekt, a feature in several recent Ontario jazz festivals with additional bookings throughout Canada well into the future. He is also a partner in a recently-formed blues band entitled Home Cookin’ with Jackie Richardson, Danny B, and Joe Sealy.

Novotny’s enduring musical partnership with pianist Joe Sealy started in 1981, becoming a business partnership when Sealy and Novotny established their own jazz record label in 1989. The Novotny/Sealy co-owned Triplet Records Inc. has released 14 CDs to date (2008), three of which have garnered JUNO nominations and one which won a JUNO Award in the ‘Contemporary Jazz’ Category.

As a composer and member of The Guild of Canadian Film Composers, Novotny also creates music for television, commercials and film, Conversant in traditional and contemporary musical idioms composing accomplishments to date include CBC’s The National, The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos, Newsworld’s News Now, and Space for Living on the HGTV Network. His work on commercial recording tracks is heard on advertising spots for several leading products and companies. He has also written music for several documentaries and three feature films.

Paul Novotny is on the teaching faculty of Humber College where he instructs in Music Business, and recently re-designed the Music Business Course there.

Awards:
As a bass-player and music producer, Paul Novotny’s co-owned jazz record label. Triplet Recordings. has released JUNO Award-winning and nominated CDs including Joe Sealy’s Africville Suite. Caro Welsman’s Lucky to be Me, and Sealy/Novotny’s Dual Vision and Blue Jade.

The Art of the Piano: Vedrana Subotic

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 8 pm
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Program
L. Van Beethoven PIano Sonata Op.7
Stevan Mokranjac Etudes
F. Liszt B - minor Sonata

Over the course of her vibrant and multi-faceted musical career, pianist Vedrana Subotic has distinguished herself as an internationally acclaimed concert artist, pedagogue, chamber musician, concert producer, and administrator. Her 2018 schedule numbers 60 professional engagements in North and South Americas, Europe, and Asia. Subotic's concert repertoire features more than 500 works in the solo, chamber, and concerto genres, including the 32 piano sonatas, complete violin, cello, and French horn sonatas, and the complete piano trios (60 works all together) by Beethoven.

Subotic, a Steinway Artist since 2003, is an award-winning Associate Professor-Lecturer of Music at the University of Utah, and a Visiting Professor of Piano at the University of Chile. She serves as the newly appointed President of the World Piano Teachers Association USA, Executive Director of the USA Chapter Conference, and as the Music Director (2002-present) of INTERMEZZO, a highly esteemed concert series based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Subotic is also the founding member of the Intermezzo Piano Trio.

An active soloist and chamber musician, Subotic has been lauded by critics and audiences for her “fierce playing,” and “impressive chops” (Salt Lake Tribune), and her “nuanced and expressive playing, beautifully phrased lines, and a wonderfully light touch.” (Deseret News). The recent review in Artists of Utah described her performance of Schubert piano trio (E-flat) as “one of the most intuitively verdant and emotionally draining performance of any of Franz Schubert’s compositions that I have ever heard, live or on a recording…truly astonishing.”

Subotic’s musical career began precociously at age nine, when her performance of Debussy’s "Childrens' Corner" aired on national television in her native country, the former Yugoslavia, as part of the series on emerging musical prodigies. Her training at the National Music Conservatory "Josip Slavenski” was consequently intensified and accelerated. At age fifteen, she was admitted to the University of Belgrade Music Academy (FMU) as the youngest candidate ever accepted. After winning the first prize in Yugoslavia's National Piano Competition at age nineteen, she moved to the United States, to study with Ralph Votapek, the Gold Medalist of the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and later with Menahem Pressler, the founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio.

Subotic performs in at least thirty concerts a year in the Americas, Asia, and Europe, combining concerto appearances, solo recitals, chamber music collaborations, and orchestral performances. Recent concerts include performances of concertos by Brahms (No.2), Beethoven (No.4 and No.5), Chopin (No.1 and No.2), Prokofiev (No.3), and Berg (Chamber Concerto); concert tours in Russia, China, Chile, Israel, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia, and Puerto Rico. Subotic has performed in such distinguished venues as Bolshoi Theater's Beethoven Hall in Moscow (Russia), Elena Obrazova Hall in St. Petersburg (Russia), Martinu Hall in Prague (Czech Republic), Kolarac Hall in Belgrade (Serbia), Woolsey Hall and Morse Recital Hall in New Haven, CT (USA), Chicago Symphony Hall (USA), Steinway Hall and Paul Recital Hall in NYC (USA), Chautauqua Amphitheater in NY (USA), Abravanel Hall and the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City (USA), Targ Hall in Tel Aviv (Israel), Doge's Palace in Dubrovnik (Croatia), and the Purcell Room in London's Southbank Center for the Performing Arts (UK). Subotic has played chamber music with distinguished musicians such as Joseph Silverstein, and members of the Muir Quartet. As a soloist and orchestra member, Subotic has worked with conductors Pavel Kogan, Joseph Silverstein, Matthias Bamert, Hugh Wolff, Jan Merkel, Thierry Fischer, Keith Lockhart, and Jean-Claude Casadesus, among others.

At the University of Utah, Dr. Subotic teaches piano students in the Bachelor, Masters, and Doctoral programs and oversees degree recitals, Masters Thesis, and Doctoral Dissertations. She has taught courses in undergraduate and graduate piano literature, piano pedagogy, accompanying, and chamber music. At the University of Chile, Dr. Subotic teaches students in the Conservatory, undergraduate and graduate piano program, and oversees degree recitals and Masters Thesis.

Since 2009, Dr. Subotic has been teaching a highly successful course in professional Career Development, for which she received the Faculty Recognition Award from the University of Utah. She has received fourteen grants from the University Teaching Committee, the Dee Council, and the Fine Arts and Fees committee since her faculty appointment in 2008. Dr. Subotic created the Guest Artist Piano Masterclasses Series for piano performance majors, in collaboration with the Utah Symphony and the Gina Bachauer Foundation. She is the Director of the Teacher Development Seminars (2015-present), a collaboration with the Preparatory Piano program, and chief producer of the live-streaming faculty concert series Live@Libby. 

Dr. Subotic has distinguished herself as a teacher who mentors award-winning performers and scholars. Her University of Utah college students have won numerous competitions, performed as soloists and chamber musicians in Carnegie Hall, and have been accepted and awarded scholarships to prestigious international piano programs at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, the Royal College of Music in London, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Yale University, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, the University of Michigan, Piano Texas International Academy and Festival (in collaboration with the Van Cliburn Competition), and the Interharmony International Music Festival. Her DMA students have produced dissertations on subjects ranging from cataloguing piano works by Manuel Ponce and works dedicated to exploration of extended piano techniques for pedagogical purposes, to the influence of religious and folk music of former Yugoslavia on the emergence of its pianistic style.

In 2014, Subotic began the unparalleled project of performing the complete solo sonatas, duo sonatas, and piano trios by Beethoven - 60 works total. She has since presented the Beethoven programs, lectures, and masterclasses in national and international venues, at the Sichuan Conservatory (China), Tel Aviv University (Israel), the Jerusalem Academy of Music (Israel), Unbound Chamber Music Festival (CA, USA), the InterHarmony International Music Festival (Italy), World Piano Conference (Serbia), the Mistral Concert Series in Santiago (Chile), University of Santiago (Chile), the Prague Academy of Music (Czech Republic), the Midsummer Piano Festival in Prague, (Czech Republic), the Turgenev Memorial Library in Moscow (Russia), and at Ohio State University (USA). Upcoming engagements in 2018 include concerts and masterclasses in the US, Canada, Russia, China, Italy, Brazil, Chile, and France.

Dr. Subotic received a Bachelor of Music degree from Belgrade University at age nineteen. As a full-scholarship student, she has earned a Master of Music from Michigan State University, and an Artist Diploma and Doctor of Music from Indiana University. Her Doctoral dissertation explores the cultural and compositional connections between Claude Debussy’s and Toru Takemitsu's piano works. Her teachers were pianists Menahem Pressler, Ralph Votapek, Evelyne Brancart, Arbo Valdma, Leonard Hokanson, Peter Frankl, Gyorgy Sebok, and Byron Janis, and distinguished professors, cellist Janos Starker and violinist Josef Gingold.

LOOK AHEAD
Paul Novotny, bass, Robi Botos, piano

Saturday October 13, 2017 at 8 pm
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Hungarian born Romani/ Musician ROBI BOTOS was raised in a musical family and is largely self-taught. Robi began his musical career when he was a child, growing up in Budapest, playing drums and percussion. It was at age seven when Robi first took up piano. Robi immigrated to Canada in 1998 and is now a permanent resident of the country he calls home with his wife and children.

Shortly after coming to Canada, Robi caught the ear of Canadian Jazz great Oscar Peterson and quickly became his protégé. To this day, Robi remains a disciple of Dr. Peterson’s mighty sense of swing and technical virtuosity.

Along with this influence, Robi possesses a deep tradition in Romani, Hungarian and European Folk and Classical music. This fusion of North American Bebop, Hard Bop, and Modern Jazz along with the deep tradition of Folk music in Eastern Europe and Romantic Classical music, has formulated a sound and approach that is formidable and unsurpassed. Many of Jazz’s greatest musicians consider Robi to be one of the few young leaders on the piano worldwide. Musicians from Branford Marsalis to Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, and many more consider Robi to be one of the greats on the instrument.

Robi’s dynamic live performances have earned him international recognition – winning numerous competitions around the world including first prizes at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition in 2004, third Prize at the Martial Solal Piano Competition in Paris in 2006, and first prize at the Great American Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida in 2008. Robi has been nominated for two Juno Awards and won as a part of Mike Downes’ Trio in 2014. At the National Jazz Awards in 2007 Robi was chosen as Keyboardist of the Year, and in 2007 Robi was awarded Best Jazz Artist from NOW Magazine. Robi’s debut album for A440 Entertainment/Universal Music Canada, ‘Place to Place’, was one of the most anticipated Canadian jazz albums of 2011. In 2012, Robi and his trio, with bassist Mike Downes and drummer Morgan Childs, won the coveted TD Grand Jazz Award from the Montreal International Jazz Festival. This award led to a main stage outdoor concert presentation in front of over 5,000 people, and a subsequent invitation to headline their own outdoor concert in 2013.

In June of 2012, Robi was invited by the Edmonton Jazz Festival to open for the legendary Wayne Shorter Quartet. Canada Council helped support this important concert, which led to a friendship with both Wayne Shorter and his pianist Danilo Perez.

In 2013, Robi was involved in two film projects that were significant in his career. The first was the Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon film ‘Arbitrage’, which was nominated for a Golden Globe, and Robi performed the closing scene and end credit recording for the movie. Robi also wrote the score for the Producer Guild Awards nominated ‘A People Uncounted’ which documents the struggles and the rich artistry of the Romani people.

In early March of 2013, Robi was involved in a special commemorative concert to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the legendary Oscar Peterson album, ‘Night Train’. This concert occurred in Oscar’s hometown of Montreal and featured Robi leading the trio with former Oscar Peterson band mates, Order of Canada recipient Dave Young on bass and Alvin Queen on drums. This trio (with Order of Canada recipient Terry Clarke on drums) embarked on a second tour in November 2013, playing in Regina, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Robi has accompanied many great jazz musicians and vocalists in the Canadian music scene for years. One of them is Juno winner, Order of Canada and former CBC Radio host, Molly Johnson. Robi has played in Molly’s bands for over seven years now and tours with her internationally, including recent tours of Japan and France.

A little over a year ago, Robi recorded his second album for A440 Entertainment, ‘Movin’ Forward’. This album features a dream-team rhythm section of Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums and Robert Hurst on bass, with the great Canadian (and New York-based) saxophonist Seamus Blake on tenor, soprano saxophones, and EWI. Jeff and Robert are Grammy-Award winning musicians who are regarded amongst the great bass-drum jazz rhythm sections in Jazz history, having recorded in the seminal quartets of both Branford and Wynton Marsalis in the 1980s and 1990s, leading the resurgence of the ‘young lion’ comeback of Jazz music. Movin’ Forward features a mix of originals, Roma-influenced songs as well as funky grooves, and straight-ahead swing compositions. The album is releasing in Canada on March 24th and will be supported by a short tour in late March with the album band of Seamus, Bob and Jeff. In the Summer of 2015, Robi will be travelling Canada on a three week tour, playing original music from his album release, mixed with songs from his debut album, and classic standards.

PAUL NOVOTNY (bassist, producer, composer) was born on July 25, 1958 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He has been a familiar figure on bandstands and concert stages throughout Toronto and at jazz festivals for a number of years as a member of The Brian Browne Trio and bassist for the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra. As a sideman, he has worked with many other great jazz artists including Cedar Walton, Geoff Keezer, Jo Anne Brakeen, Junior Mance, Darrell Grant, Don Thompson, Joe Sealy, Tommy Banks, Moncef Genoud, Phil Nimmons, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, and Reg Schwager.

Novotny also currently performs as a member of the Daniel Barnes Quintet, and plays electric bass with The Blay Ambolley/Joe Sealy African Projekt, a feature in several recent Ontario jazz festivals with additional bookings throughout Canada well into the future. He is also a partner in a recently-formed blues band entitled Home Cookin’ with Jackie Richardson, Danny B, and Joe Sealy.

Novotny’s enduring musical partnership with pianist Joe Sealy started in 1981, becoming a business partnership when Sealy and Novotny established their own jazz record label in 1989. The Novotny/Sealy co-owned Triplet Records Inc. has released 14 CDs to date (2008), three of which have garnered JUNO nominations and one which won a JUNO Award in the ‘Contemporary Jazz’ Category.

As a composer and member of The Guild of Canadian Film Composers, Novotny also creates music for television, commercials and film, Conversant in traditional and contemporary musical idioms composing accomplishments to date include CBC’s The National, The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos, Newsworld’s News Now, and Space for Living on the HGTV Network. His work on commercial recording tracks is heard on advertising spots for several leading products and companies. He has also written music for several documentaries and three feature films.

Paul Novotny is on the teaching faculty of Humber College where he instructs in Music Business, and recently re-designed the Music Business Course there.

As a bass-player and music producer, Paul Novotny’s co-owned jazz record label. Triplet Recordings. has released JUNO Award-winning and nominated CDs including Joe Sealy’s Africville Suite. Caro Welsman’s Lucky to be Me, and Sealy/Novotny’s Dual Vision and Blue Jade.

The Art of the Piano: Raphaël Sudan

Sunday October 14, 2018 at 2 pm 
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Program

Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
- Liebestraum n°2 "O Lieb"
- Six Consolations 
- Années de Pèlerinages, première année : Suisse (extracts) 
- La Chapelle de Guillaume Tell
- Le Mal du Pays
- Les Cloches de Genève
-  Ballade n°2

 «Virtuosity is not an objective in itself. It is a way to express the music hidden beyond the notes»

Born in 1985 in Fribourg –Switzerland, Raphaël Sudan is both a piano and an improvisation professor at the Ecole de Musique du Pays d'Enhaut, in Château d'Oex, Switzerland. He studied classical piano in the conservatoire de Fribourg (Teaching Diploma ; Master of Arts in Musical Performance), followed by postgraduate studies at the Conservatori Liceu in Barcelona, and private lessons with Paul Badura- Skoda and Luiz de Moura Castro. He also studied jazz piano in Fribourg, and classical and contemporary improvisation at the Versailles Conservatory, where he earned the Public’s Choice Award in the Versailles Conservatory Improvisation Competition (2009). In 2018, he was granted a specialized Master of Arts in Free Improvisation at the Musik Akademie Basel and was acknowledged for his essay on improvisation in the history of occidental music. 

His research on the parallel development between classical music and improvisation won him the "Pierre et Renée Glasson Prize" in 2017. Started  by the State of Fribourg  the jury acknowledged "his musical creativity, his deep sense of colors and atmospheres, his technical mastery and the richness of his expressivity". He is today one of the only classical musicians to combine these two disciplines within the classical repertoire. 

His classical music repertoire ranges from the baroque epoch to contemporary music, with a special connection to the music of Bach, Beethoven and Liszt. His connection with the music of Franz Liszt has always been very strong and he has given world-acclaimed recitals and lectures focused on some of Liszt's most important piano works.: Sonata in B minor, “Après une Lecture de Dante”, First year of Pilgrimage, trenscendental etudes. His 40-page essay about the work “Après une Lecture de Dante” got him the “Director's Award” of the Conservatory of Fribourg (2008). His postgraduate studies with Luiz de Moura Castro and Paul Badura-Skoda brought him even closer to the spirit of Liszt : the heritage of those two eminent pianists made Raphael Sudan a 5th generation Liszt student descendant. 

Nov2018

Duos for Violin and Piano
Jean-Luc Therrein, piano,  Jean-Samuel Boaz, violin

Thursday November 22, 2018 at 8pm
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Program

F. Schubert
Sonatina in D Major, D. 384
- Allegro molto - Andante
- Allegro vivace

G. Enesco
Impressions d’enfance pour violon et piano, op. 28
- L’oiseau en cage et le coucou au mur
- Lever de soleil

L. Boulanger
Nocturne
D’un matin de printemps
Romance for violin and piano, op. 28 Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta

INTERMISSION

G. Fauré
 Sonate pour violon et piano
- Allegro vivo
- Intermède. Fantasque et léger - Finale. Très animé

F. Kreisler
Sonata for piano and violin no 1 in A minor, op. 105
- Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck - Allegretto
- Lebhaft

Originally from Repentigny, Quebec, Canadian pianist Jean-Luc Therrien has been actively performing in Canada and abroad. In 2016, he toured across Quebec and the Maritimes as part of the Jeunesses Musicales Canada’s Emerging Artists Concerts on tour, with a program which included his own transcription of Franz Liszt's symphonic poem Les Préludes. A few months later, he also made his orchestral debut in Asia with the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra.

Over the years, Jean-Luc has stood out in many competitions such as the Luigi Zanuccoli International Music Competition (Chamber Music Prize), the Mauro Paolo MonoCompetition’s Stepping), etc. Moreover, he won the Soloists Competition of the Trois-Rivières Music Conservatory four times and consequently performed several concerts with the conservatory’s orchestra as well as the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières. Jean-Luc was also awarded several prizes, including the Gilles-Gauthier Excellence Award, the Wilfrid-Pelletier Excellence Award and the Governor General of Canada’s Academic medal, as well as a grant from the Canadian Council for the Arts, which allowed him to pursue postgraduate studies in Austria in 2016-17.

A graduate of the Trois-Rivières Music Conservatory, Jean-Luc received his Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. His principal professors have included Denise Trudel, Cordelia Höfer-Teutsch and George Kern. He was also invited by the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Académie Orford Musique and the Académie de Musique et de Danse du Domaine Forget to study with renowned pianists such as Boaz Sharon, Jacques Rouvier and Benedetto Lupo. Since September 2017, Jean-Luc has been in the ACP Program (Advanced Certificate in Performance) at the University of Toronto, where he studies with Marietta Orlov on a full-tuition scholarship.

Born in Pontarlier (France), Jean-Samuel Boaz started playing the violin thanks to Krystina Mugica. Attracted early by chamber music, he soon became a regular on the local scenes and played in various festivals such as Les Nuits de Joux, Les Ariolicales, Automne musical en Val de Saône, etc. Sensitive to the importance of creating and spreading the contemporary repertoire, Jean-Samuel intensely works with composers. In 2015, he was also the laureate of the Young Bozar Project within the Alternative Violin Duet 2 Väinö. With this duet, he focuses on developing new alternatives to traditional concerts, mixing art forms and means of expression.

Jean-Samuel was unanimously awarded a First Prize at the Conservatory of Dijon and First Prizes of Excellence and Virtuosity at the Conservatory of Music of Rueil-Malmaison. Later, he entered the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music (Belgium) in the studio of Veronique Bogaerts, where he received his degrees with high distinction and was granted the Pappaerts Prize in 2016, as a reward for an exceptional academic path. Currently, he is a postgraduate student at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna (Austria) in the class of Michael Frischenschlager.

Jean-Samuel is the laureate of numerous prizes, scholarships and international competitions including the Jury Prize in the International Music Competition in Malte (2015), the Hanseez-Castilhon and Horlais Dapsens Prizes in Brussels (2016), the 1st Prize in the Svirel International Music Competition (Slovenia, 2017) and 1st Prize in the Luigi Zanuccoli International Music (Italy, 2017). He has also played several times as a soloist: with the Ensemble Orchestral of Dijon (France), the University Orchestra of Burgondy (France), the Philharmony of Budweis (Czech Republic) and the Sotiropoulos Camerata of Brussels (Belgium), interpreting among others the concertos of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovski and Wieniawski. As a chamber music player, he joined, in 2016, the Spilliaert Trio, whose vocation is to make discover the Belgium Musical Patrimony. 

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