▼ upcoming performances
The Art of the Piano: Shoshana Telner
Memories in an Ancient Garden - Alexina Louie
Italian Concerto - J.S. Bach
Sonetto 104 del Petrarc - Franz Liszt
Vallee d'Obermann - Franz Liszt
Four Ballades for Piano - Frederic Chopin
Canadian pianist Shoshana Telner has performed across Canada and abroad. She made her solo orchestral début with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the age of 16 and has since performed as soloist with several orchestras including the Québec Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Classical Orchestra, and the National Academy Orchestra. Described as an “authentic musician with a sparkling technique” (Le Droit) and “full of fire and warmth” (the New York Times),Shoshana has a passion for engaging audiences with exciting performances and innovative programming.
Shoshana has performed at numerous summer festivals including the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Music and Beyond Festival, the Elora Festival, the Kincardine Summer Music Festival, the Brott Music Festival, and the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival. She has been awarded honors at the International Stepping Stone Competition, the Esther Honens International Piano Competition and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Shoshana’s recordings include solo works of Canadian composer Colin Mack (CanSona), the Grieg violin/piano sonatas (Chestnut Hall Music), Mozart Sonatas and Sonatinas (The Mozart Effect), and the six Bach Keyboard Partitas (Centaur Records).
Shoshana received a Bachelor’s degree on full scholarship from Boston University, a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School, and a Doctorate in performance from McGill University. She has taught at McGill University, the University of Ottawa, Wilfrid Laurier University, York University, and currently teaches at McMaster University. She frequently gives masterclasses, adjudicates competitions, and examines for the Royal Conservatory of Music. Shoshana enjoys performing music of living composers, and also advocates for music written by Jewish composers.
The Wild Swans: CD Release
Yolanda Bruno, violin
Isabelle David, piano
• Alexina Louie (1949) – Beyond Time (Premiere Recording)
• Kelly-Marie Murphy (1964) – The Swan Parapraxis (Commission and Premiere Recording)
• Roxanna Panufnik (1968) – Down the Rabbit Hole
• Elena Kats-Chernin (1957) – Bucharian Melody, and Eliza Aria from Wild Swans Suite
• Kala Ramnath (1967) – Aalap and Tarana
• Elena Langer (1974) – Snow
• Jennifer Higdon (1962) – Echo Dash
• Lera Auerbach (1973) – 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano, Op. 46 (selections)
• Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) – O Virtus Sapientie
• Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) – D’un matin de printemps and Cortège
• Pauline Viardot-Garcia (1821-1910) – Bohémienne
The music on this recording draws inspiration from all kinds of stories — novels, fairytales, Irish folklore, even spiritual texts. The album’s title — The Wild Swans — is taken from a fairytale written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1838. The wonderful Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin used the Andersen story as the basis for her ballet The Wild Swans. The “Eliza Aria” comes from that enchanting work.
In Andersen’s story, the main protagonist Eliza must save her eleven brothers, who have been turned into wild swans by an evil stepmother. It is by chance that we realized there were eleven swans in the story, and there are eleven women composers on our album: serendipitous! We wanted to make our recording debut with music that is eclectic and filled with fantasy. The repertoire ranges over the centuries, from Hildegard Von Bingen’s hypnotic sounds from 1098, to the music of today: Kelly-Marie Murphy’s The Swan Parapraxis, a fabulous work composed especially for us, and Alexina Louie’s Beyond Time, a work of brilliance and virtuosity.
This is great music from our musical history, and great music that is becoming our musical history! Moreover, we are sharing works that we love and hold close to our hearts.
Yolanda and Isabelle first met at McGill University in 2008 and have been making music together ever since. The duo is particularly drawn to music from their own country of Canada, digging up works of lesser-known or forgotten composers as well as designing programs that promote gender parity. Together, they have premiered works written for them by Canadian composers Michel Szczesniak and Richard Covey, as well as the Canadian premiere of Broad and Free by Pulitzer winner Caroline Shaw. Their recitals have aired on CBC Radio 2 as well as ICI Musique.
Yolanda and Isabelle’s decade-long partnership owes much to their shared enthusiasm for musical discovery and their inquisitive natures drive their musical endeavours. The Wild Swans is their debut album, released in 2019.
Born into a family of musicians, Isabelle David is the youngest of a lineage of pianists dating back five generations. Deeply fascinated by Bach's music, it was at the age of eight that she decided to pursue a career in music, encouraged by her parents.
Described as a musician of great sensitivity with a lively and imaginative intelligence, Isabelle David has presented concerts in North America and Europe, notably at Helsingin Musiikitalo in Helsinki, Jordan Hall in Boston, Carnegie Hall in New York Zipper Hall in Los Angeles and Wilfrid-Pelletier Hall in Montréal.
Praised for her "poetic and flexible virtuosity" (Helsingin Sanomat), Isabelle has won several national competitions and scholarships, as well as the Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award (USA, 2016). She is the recipient of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Scholarship which supports her doctoral research at the University of Montreal under the direction of Jean Saulnier.
Isabelle David’s doctoral project involves editing and performing works by Quebec composer Auguste Descarries. Descarries taught and mentored Louise Lussier, a wonderful pianist who also happens to be Isabelle’s grandmother.
Yolanda Bruno is a brilliant young Canadian violin virtuoso with an intense devotion to communicating with an audience. Her exhilarating approach to making music has branded her one of CBC’s 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30 and has brought her solo engagements with orchestras across North America and Europe.
Born in Ottawa, Yolanda began violin lessons with her mother at age five and quickly discovered the joys of performance. By the time she was ten, she knew she wanted a future in music. It happened one afternoon when she was looking after her brother - a toddler wailing away in his playpen. She grabbed her violin in the hopes that the music would distract him. She tossed off some folk tunes and he was soon laughing and dancing to the sounds of the music. It was a lightbulb moment - music could bring happiness to even the grumpiest listener!
Since then, she’s gone on to win the OSM Standard Life Competition, the inaugural Isabel Overton Bader Violin Competition and is the recipient of Canada Council’s Virginia Parker Award, a distinction shared with her fellow Canadian musicians Yannick Nézet-Séguin, James Ehnes and Marc-André Hamelin.
Yolanda joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2019 and also serves as concertmaster of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. She currently performs on an enchanting Domenico Montagnana violin made in Venice in 1737 on generous loan from Canimex Inc. in Drummondville, Quebec.
Song Under the Stair - CANCELLED
Thursday December 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Jazz at the Gallery: The Dave Young Quartet
"Aspects of Oscar"
featuring Dave Young, bass, John Sherwood, piano, Terry Clarke, drums, Reg Schwager, guitar
Bassist Dave Young will be joined by pianist John Sherwood, drummer Terry Clarke and guitarist Reg Schwager, to present a special night of jazz featuring compositions and arrangements by the great Oscar Peterson.
“Toronto-based and Winnipeg-born multiple award-winning bassist and composer Dave Young is without a doubt one of Canada’s most valuable and beloved musical exports.Whether he’s performing as part of a classical symphony, or as an integral member of an iconic jazz trio (with the likes of the late Oscar Peterson), or leading any of his dynamic ensembles, Dave remains a total musician, with artistic soul in abundance. He first began studying the guitar and violin at age ten, but a turn of events at his first gig (a University dance band) compelled him to pick up the bass. Equally comfortable in the worlds of orchestral classical music and jazz, Dave is a multiple threat. As a classical musician, he has been a member of The Edmonton Symphony, The Winnipeg Symphony and The Hamilton Philharmonic. As a jazz artist, he is a chameleon-like bassist, who often shines brightest in collaborative efforts with other musicians. Because of his technical skill, few bassists (jazz or otherwise) are able to dig in, swing hard and still render a lyrical arco solo as Dave can.”
Voices from Past to Present
Cameron Crozman and Friends
Cameron Crozman, cello
Alicia Choi, violin
Victor Fournelle-Blain, viola
Emily Rho, piano
Benjamin Britten — Suite for solo cello no. 1, op. 72
Franz Schubert — Arpeggione Sonata
— intermission —
Gabriel Fauré — Piano Quartet no. 1 in c minor, op. 15
Named “Canada’s next big cello star” by CBC Music and the 2019-20 Classical Revelation artist of Radio-Canada, Canadian cellist Cameron Crozman is making a name for himself both at home and internationally. Performing recitals and chamber music across Canada and the USA as well as over in Europe, engagements have taken him to such world-renowned venues as the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Berliner Philharmonie, Paris Philharmonie, Philadelphia's Mann Centre, and Canada's National Arts Centre. He has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras across Canada including the Montreal, Winnipeg, Quebec, Hamilton, and Vancouver Island Symphonies under the direction of conductors including Gemma New, Fabien Gabel, and Edwin Outwater. As the recipient of the Canada Council Michael Measure’s prize, he was the featured soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and conductor Alain Trudel during their 2012 tour of Canada and the USA. Current season highlights include appearances with I Musici, the Niagara Symphony, a tour of the Canadian Prairies, and a performance at America’s National Museum of Music.
An avid collaborator and chamber musician, Cameron regularly shares the stage with world-renowed artists including James Ehnes, Augustin Hadelich, Boris Giltburg, Martin Beaver, Inon Barnatan, James Campbell, Hue Watkins, Gerard Caussé, and members of the Ébène, New Zealand, and Penderecki String Quartets. He regularly appears at festivals around the world such as the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Helsinki Musica Nova, Birmingham Frontiers Festival, and Musique et Vin festival at Clos Vougeot in Burgundy. His performances have been broadcast on CBC/Radio-Canada, Radio France, Radio Classique, and Medici.tv.
Cameron’s debut album, Cavatine, recorded on the ca. 1696 “Bonjour” Stradivarius cello, was released to critical acclaim in 2019 and described by the French publication Classica Magazine as displaying “technical perfection with a personal style that leaves us wanting to hear more.” His most recent solo recording of the Britten Cello Suites, debuted in Monaco in the presence of Princess Caroline of Hannover, is already garnering similar praise, receiving highest marks from Diapason Magazine, one of the world’s leading classical music publications.
Cameron was one of 6 cellists from around the world chosen to take part in Gautier Capuçon's 2016-17 Classe d'Excellence at the Louis Vuitton Foundation. After studies with Paul Pulford in Canada, he spent six years aboard at the Paris Conservatoire. There he received his 2e Cycle Supérieur Conférant le Grade de Master (Master's level) in cello with highest honours in the class of Michel Strauss and Guillaume Paoletti, while concurrently completing his master's level in Chamber music in the class of Claire Désert and Ami Flammer and an Artist Diploma in contemporary repertoire and creation. He has played in masterclass for world-leading cellists, including Janos Starker, Anner Bylsma, Lawrence Lesser, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Gary Hoffman, Richard Aaron, and Colin Carr. Passionate about teaching the next generation, he has been invited to give masterclasses at the Académie Rainier III in Monaco, Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary, and the Victoria Conservatory among others.
Deeply committed to innovation in classical music, Cameron constantly imagines new ways to share his art with the world. He enjoys performing in unusual locations, from breweries and wineries to public markets, and makes a point of visiting smaller communities in Canada. He is fascinated by historical performance practice and exploring lesser known works while also being engaged in contemporary music and collaborating with world renowned composers including Kaija Saariaho and Peteris Vasks. He has premiered a number of new works dedicated to him from solos to concertos and is active in commissioning new music from Canadian composers such as Alexina Louie or Kelly-Marie Murphy. He has worked with a number of contemporary music ensembles and institutions including the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the IRCAM, and the Ensemble Court-Circuit.
Cameron has been selected to participate in various international competitions, and is 2nd prize laureate of both the OSM Standard Life and the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competitions and was one of 12 cellists chosen to compete at Kronberg Academy's 2014 Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann. He is extremely grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Sylva Gelber Foundation, and CBC/Radio-Canada in his projects. He is currently plays the the Spanish cello “El Tiburon” attributed to Juan Guillami of Barcelona ca. 1769 generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank.
"A musical force to be reckoned with"
- The Scene Magazine
"Crozman's Bach was one of the best musical gifts of 2016"
- CBC Music
The Art of the Piano: Marilyn Lerner
Dreams and Reveries
Recent press review (Weimar Germany, solo concert, July 23, 2019, Thueringer Allgemeine Newspaper):
The Sound-Magician on the Piano, between Classical, Klezmer and Jazz, Yiddish Summer Weimar: The Canadian Pianist, Marilyn Lerner fascinated the audience with her solo concert at Mon Ami - By Christiane Weber
Weimar: Already the very first bars electrified the audience. With Marilyn Lerner we have an exceptional pianist at the Boesendorfer grand on the stage of Mon Ami. The solo piano evening, “Romanian Fantasy,” named after her CD from 2016, started off the Yiddish Summer Weimar restrained and unpretentiously. She seemed to be listening to the piano itself, with cascading arpeggios. Developed, formed, thickened. She was in Weimar 18 years ago, Alan Bern, the artistic director of Yiddish Summer Weimar remembers as he greeted the audience of the well-attended large Mon Ami hall.
He thanked the funders of the Yiddish Summer Weimar, especially the City of Weimar, The State of Thueringen and the the Federal Cultural Funders, without whom this event would be unthinkable. Heartfelt thanks were also given to the volunteers and helpers of the Yiddish Summer Weimar.
It was thus a treat to be able to hear again the pianist, composer and arranger. She led the auditorium through a fascinating sound-journey. Freely formed improvisations on East European Jewish melodies were at once creative, full of ideas and inventive.
In spite of the size of the hall, thanks should be given to the refined lighting, which helped make the concert almost intimate.
The sound magician coaxed out of the piano such a multitiude of sounds and complex spectrum of expressions, that the 90-minute range was never taxed. It seemed almost as if, when the applause came after each piece, that it could be a disturbance to her intensive dedication to the music. Almost as if it diminished the magic of the sounds, the tone and the music.
The intensity transferred to the audience. They listened curiously and with enchantment. The cultural city’s 60th year of Master Classes at the Franz Liszt Academy is certainly not suffering a dearth of excellent pianists.
Lerner’s sounds developed a poetry that held till the last chord. The pianist, who is classicaly trained, wove together in her rhythmically clear sound-structures classical, jazz and klezmer and melted the borders between the styles. Listening again to her brought joy. The ending applause was correspondingly long and heartfelt.
Charme et Divertissements
An Afternoon of Chamber Music for Piano and Winds
Monique de Margerie, piano, Fraser Jackson, bassoon, Leonie Wall, flute, Hugo Lee, oboe, Christopher Gongos, horn
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 3 pm
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Suite from “Pulcinella” for Bassoon and Piano (arranged by Fraser Jackson)
Sinfonia - Serenata - Toccata - Gavotta con due variazioni - Finale
Quintet in E-flat major for Piano and Winds, K.452
Largo – Allegro moderato - Larghetto - Allegretto
Sextet for Piano and Winds, Op.100
Allegro vivace - Divertissement - Finale
Living in Toronto since 2011, Monique de Margerie is a collaborative pianist specializing in chamber music repertoire. She has worked as a collaborative pianist and piano teacher at Laval University, Quebec, at the Conservatoire Américain Koenig, Paris, and the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. After completing solo performance degrees at the Montreal Conservatory and the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Monique combined her passion for history, culture, travel and music, living in Germany and France for 20 years and performing throughout Europe as well as India, Japan, Cambodia, and China. Whether playing, teaching or adjudicating, at home or abroad, in schools, in concert halls and recording studios, Monique’s playing is always defined by its passion, its generosity and its warmth. Monique is a dedicated piano teacher bringing her more than 30 years of experience to her very active and successful Toronto studio and to her appearances at the Cammac Music Festival in Quebec every summer. She is grateful to her own teachers: the late Soeur Irene Ducharme, Anisia Campos, Gitti Pirner, Monique Deschaussées, and Eke Mendez.
Fraser Jackson has been a member of the bassoon section of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1990. He has performed with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and is a regular guest of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he co-founded two groups, The Caliban Quartet and Musica Franca which recorded five CD’s and continue to reach new listeners in obscure corners of the world. He is also active bringing music to schools as a founding member of the TSO Woodwind Trio. As an arranger, Fraser has over 80 pieces to his credit and a handful are even published commercially. Fraser has music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California and teaches each summer at the Cammac Festival in Quebec and the Interprovincial Music Camp near Parry Sound. He enjoys home renovating, cooking, coffee and crosswords.
Born and raised in Richmond Hill, Hugo Lee joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Second Oboe in 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Elaine Douvas. Hugo began taking oboe lessons at age 10 and later continued his studies under TSO Associate Principal Oboe Keith Atkinson. He has appeared as a soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the New Juilliard Ensemble. He has also performed as a chamber musician with cellist Cameron Crozman and pianist Philip Chiu, embarking on a critically-acclaimed 13-concert tour across Eastern Canada sponsored by Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. In the summers, Hugo teaches at the Interprovincial Music Camp. Outside of music, Hugo enjoys computer programming, and drinking lots of coffee.
Eric Abramovitz joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2018 as Associate Principal and E-flat Clarinet, and was previously a member of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Eric was named the Vandoren Emerging Artist of the year in 2017, and a CBC Next! artist in 2013. A first prize winner at the OSM Standard Life Competition in 2011, Eric has been featured as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the McGill and USC Symphonies, l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. A Montreal native, Eric obtained his Bachelor’s Degree at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, and pursued graduate studies at the University of Southern California. In his free time, Eric enjoys eating, spending time with his family and cats, shooting pool, playing hockey, and cheering for the Montreal Canadiens.
Christopher Gongos has been a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1998. Before coming to Toronto, Chris held positions with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also a dedicated teacher, with studios at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory and at the University of Toronto. Many of his students have gone on to study at North America’s most prestigious music schools and have embarked on careers as professional musicians. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Chris received his formal education at the University of Alberta and McGill University. He also trained as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and a Fellow at the Tanglewood Institute. Christopher Gongos is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Leonie Wall joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as second flutist in September 2004.
Winner of the 2004 New York Flute Club Competition, she was a student of Timothy Hutchins at McGill University, and Jeanne Baxtresser at the New England Conservatory of Music. Leonie began her career as principal flute with L'Orchestre des Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, and later toured as principal flute with Les Violons du Roy. She has also been principal flute of the Toronto-based chamber orchestra g27 (group of 27), and an invited artist at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, Les Concerts des Iles du Bic, and the Festival Classique des Hautes-Laurentides. Leonie teaches at the Cammac family music camp near Montreal in the summers. She has been very active with the TSO's education programs and is committed to bringing classical music into Toronto’s classrooms. She has performed many shows for students with the TSO Woodwind Trio and participated yearly in the TSO's highly popular Adopt-A-Player program.