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The Hogtown Syncopators:
CD release of Rotman’s Hat Shop
Beloved Toronto band The Hogtown Syncopators celebrate 15 years of playing together with the release of a new album. The album features mostly originals written by guitarist Jay Danley, as well as some traditional jazz favourites, including hits such as "I wish I could shimmy like my sister Kate" performed by Drew Jurecka. The band is thrilled to be releasing the album titled "Rotman's Hat Shop' on March 22nd at Gallery 345.
The Hogtown Syncopators
Drew Jurecka - Violin, Clarinet, Vocals, Alto Sax, Bandoneon
Terra Hazelton - Vocals, Snare Drum
Jay Danley - Guitar, Vocals
Richard Whiteman - Piano
James Thomson - Bass
EMW Culture Club Presents
The Art of the Piano: KRISTJAN RANDALU
Saturday March 23, 2019 at 8 pm
(doors open with food available at 7 and come mingle)
$30 (cash only at the door) Senior/Students $15
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This concert will feature Kristjan Randalu on solo piano featuring compositions from his ECM recording “Absence.”
Special guest Cellist: Winona Zelenka
Kristjan Randalu is one of the most compelling pianists of his generation, sought after as soloist, collaborator and composer, his music described by Jazz Times as an "unnameable exotic land".
Born in Estonia in 1978, Randalu moved with his family to Germany as a child where the piano became increasingly important to him. His teachers there included John Taylor in Cologne, followed by a time at the Royal Academy of Music in London (with Django Bates) and a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music in New York.
His musical partners have included Dave Liebman, Ari Hoenig, Nguyên Lê, Ben Monder, Nils Petter Molvaer, Dhafer Youssef, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Barbican Hall, the Berlin Konzerthaus, at festivals in London, Paris, Madrid and Istanbul, and toured in the United States and Canada, across Europe and in Turkey, Korea, Australia and Israel.
His awards include a Grammy nomination and Jazz Album of the Year at the Estonian Music Awards. In 2014 Randalu received the annual music award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.
For more info visit www.randalu.com
“Kristjan is a dazzling piano player" - HERBIE HANCOCK
"At once timeless and casually spectacular, demanding and entertaining on the highest level."
"The bandleader is a pillar of stability. He clearly is capable of breathtaking displays of technique and showmanship, but employs challenging runs with a noble conservatism." Downbeat
WINONA ZELENKA, cello
Winona Zelenka is one of Canada’s finest cellists on the scene today. As a soloist, she has performed concerti with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Mississauga Symphony and the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra among many others. She is a dedicated recitalist and chamber musician, regularly performing in every Toronto music series of note as well as the Ottawa Chamberfest; she is also a proponent of new music, having performed several world premieres of works written for her by Canadian composers. In 2006 she formed Trio Arkel with violinist Marie Berard and violist Teng Li, and since 2013 they have been running the concert series Trio Arkel Presents, featuring both well-known and contemporary chamber music works.
In June of 2010 Winona released her first CD set of the Bach Suites for Solo Cello, a recording on Marquis Classics. It has received international acclaim, and in 2011 was nominated for a JUNO award in the category of solo/chamber music CD. Her second recording, released in 2012, is titled “Connections” and is of sonatas for cello and piano written by French composers, with the celebrated pianist Connie Shih. Her films with Moving Head Productions include interviews for BOLD TV and a complete performance of the Cassado Suite for solo cello, viewed by many thousands on Youtube.
Winona obtained her Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma at the University of Indiana, where she studied with Janos Starker. Her other formative teachers were William Findlay, Vladimir Orloff and William Pleeth.
Winona has won orchestral positions in England, Canada and the United States. Her professional career has included two seasons of Acting Principal Cellist of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and five seasons as Acting Principal Cellist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, of which she has been a member since 2001. Winona has two talented grown children, James and Kathryn, and her husband Ron Searles is an acclaimed recording engineer.
Winona Zelenka will be guesting in the 2nd set.
The Art of the Piano: Ilona Damasiute-Beres
R.Schumann - Carnaval op.9
S.Barber - Excursions op.20
F.Chopin - Polonise A flat Major op.53.
llona Damasiute-Beres was born in Lithuania and received B.A. and M.A. degrees at the Lithuanian Academy of Music in Vilnius, receiving formal training as a concert pianist, accompanist, chamber music performer and teacher under renowned professors A. Radvilaite and P. Geniusas.
Since moving to Canada in 1995, she has been active as a vocal coach and piano accompanist for various ensembles, Lithuanian choirs, and well-known artists such as Kornel Wolak (clarinet), Juan Gabriel Olivares (clarinet), Megan Lindsay (soprano), Vaidas Visniauskas (tenor), Atis Bankas (violin), Peter Cosby (cello), and others.
Ilona has performed in Europe, US and Canada. She was invited to represent Canada in Lithuania Sugrizimai 2003, and in 2018, she performed in the “Pasaulio balsai” festival in Lithuania with the famous Lithuanian National String Quartet “Vilnius”. In 2014 Ilona founded the Zephyr Piano Trio with whom she toured in a series of concerts in Lithuania.
Ms. Beres served as Artistic Director of the Humbercrest concert series, was a member of the Calyx Chamber Ensemble, joined the faculty of the Midsummer Music by the Lake Festival, and performed at the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival. In 2006 she served as artistic director for the popular "Village Rhapsody" concert series in Bloor West Village. She has also given several concerts in the Toronto area with the Zephyr Piano Trio.
Ms. Beres has a successful private studio in Toronto and is the accompanist for the Volunge Lithuanian Choir.
Pictures at an Exhibition
Fundraiser for Orchestra Toronto
Saturday March 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Admission $50/for one. $90/for two
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Pianist Richard Herriott presents an auditory album of musical delights for the piano, in an evening recital to benefit Orchestra Toronto.
On the Programme:
Pictures at an Exhibition - Modest Mussorgsky and a pot-pourri of works by Bach, Ravel, Albeniz, and Rachmaninoff, as well as Herriott's own composition," A Flight of Doves.
Cash bar. Hors d'oeuvres provided by Leaside Supperworks. Raffle, with prizes from TIFF, the Stratford Festival, and other amazing donors.
The Art of the Piano: Jarred Dunn
Beethoven Sonata Op. 110
Chopin Nocturne Op. 48 nr. 1
Chopin Scherzo 3 Op. 39
Chopin Scherzo 4 Op. 54
Chopin Polonaise-Fantasy, Op. 61
Jarred Dunn has been described by critics as “evocative and mystical” (Donald Isler), "technically perfect" (Belarusian First Radio), and “a virtuoso with the most exquisite touch” (Annie-Laurie Gaylor, Freethought Today, Madison), and is featured on the 2018 CBC Top 30 Under 30: Hot Canadian Classical Musicians of 2018. He is the First Prize winner of the 2018 Lithuanian International Chopin Competition (Vilnius), where he also received the Special Concerto Award, in addition to prizes in Rome, Verona Zinetti, and Castellana Grotte competitions. He has performed in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and been heard on WQXR New York, Freethought TV/Radio (Madison), and Belarus First Radio (Minsk). He has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Torun (Poland), Etobicoke (Toronto), Niagara, Rose (Brampton), Vilnius Chamber Symphony (Lithuania), Eurasian Chamber (Berlin), Budapest Chamber (Hungary), and State Radio and TelevisionMinsk (Belarus) Orchestras. His first recording, Chopin and Debussy, was recorded at the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison by Audio for the Arts (Madison).
Mr. Dunn has given lectures and master classes at Steinway Gallery, numerous RMTA locations across Ontario, F. Chopin University of Music in Poland, International and Ravenswood Schools in Sydney (Australia), and Vilnius Academy Pre- College. His articles have also been published in the CMEA Journal, for which he writes regularly. He has been sought for adjudicating in 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. He studied on scholarship at the University of Toronto, took professional studies at The Juilliard School with Profs. Jacob Lateiner and Yoheved Kaplinsky, and studied in New York with Dorothy Taubman. He completed graduate and post-graduate degrees in Poland, with Prof. Anna Górecka in Katowice (MM, Post-Grad. with Distinction) and Prof. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń in Bydgoszcz (ArtDip). He participated in workshops with Maria João-Pires in Portugal.
This program is the one Jarred will be playing at his Warsaw debut in the Chopin Museum (where prizewinners play after the competitions in Chopin’s honour) this June in their “Young Talent” series
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.
Magisterra on Tour 2019: Eight
Jutta Puchhammer, viola,
Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello
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 constant curiosity and total artistic commitment to sharing gems from 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. In 2018, musicians from Magisterra’s string roster will be visiting Rotterdam (Holland) to perform chamber works by Robert Fuchs. Stay tuned for the full tour itinerary of the ensemble’s third annual Ontario-Quebec May 2019 Tour.
Iris Rodrigues, soprano
Spend an evening wrapped in "Fantasy" with the talented soprano singer Iris Rodrigues, performing beautiful Italian classical music, opera arias, and crossover music. Guest performers are award winning clarinetist Andrea Allini from Italy and pianist Brahm Goldhamer.
“When I heard Iris Rodrigues singing for the first time I right away fell in love with the beauty of her voice.” Dame Edith Mathis
Soprano Iris Rodrigues is in demand as a solo recitalist and orchestra singer. Her engagements include solo performances in Haydn’s “Mass in Time of War”; the Persian opera “Love, Wisdom and Human” at Roy Thompson Hall (sung in Farsi); and productions of Mozart’s Requiem Mass. Her prior engagements include performing a recital as part of a Concert series in Victoria, British Columbia; the featured soloist with Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra performing Zerlina, Verdi/Puccini arias, and the role of Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier.
Ms. Rodrigues’ extensive Oratorio experience includes numerous solo engagements in Handel’s Messiah. Other Chamber music credits include a vocal recital, “From Handel to Tango," (performed with Baroque and Modern instruments), Love Never Dies with Trumpet, Guitar and Piano and performances under Maestro Kerry Stratton with Grand Salon and the L’orchestra Internazionale D’Italia. Ever a champion of new music Ms. Rodrigues’ collaborative range includes a remix of Peter Gabriel’s “Shock the Monkey” which garnered personal praise from Peter Gabriel himself.
Iris coached with Richard Hetherington at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London, England. She also sang at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria in Masterclasses with soprano Dame Edith Mathis.
Exhilarating jazz pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner performs to acclaim internationally, from her native Montreal to Havana, from Jerusalem to Amsterdam and the Ukraine. Her groundbreaking recordings have garnered recognition, including "Best Western Jazz Recording 2004" for her "Special Angel" duo with legendary guitarist Sonny Greenwich.
Lerner's work spans the worlds of jazz, creative improvisation, klezmer and 20th century classical music. She composes for film, theatre, radio and television. She produced "Birds Are Returning", the first contemporary Canadian jazz recording to come out of Cuba, playing her compositions with greats Dafnis Prieto, Yosvanny Terryand Jane Bunnett.
Along with her innovative solo piano work, Lerner tours with The Queen Mab Trio (clarinettist Lori Freedman and Dutch violist Ig Henneman) across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Their fall 2006 European tour included the prestigious Wels XX Music Unlimited Festival in Austria. Marilyn also performs with Sonny Greenwich,the Mad Satie Trio (Andrew Downing, David Occhipinti), Nick Frasier and Matt Brubeck, Lou Grassi and Ken Filiano, and in the Jewish scene with Adrienne Cooper, Frank London, Alicia Svigals, From Both Ends of the Earth, and David Wall. She has appeared with Steve Lacy, Tito Puente, Michael Vatcher and Gerry Hemingway.
Lerner's original music has garnered the Montreal International Jazz Festival award for best composition. Her audio art collages have been broadcast internationally. A recent commission by CBC in honour of composer Dmitri Shostakovitch's 100th birthday entitled "Meditations on Mitya" was performed by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and in November 2006.
A prolific recording artist, her most recent work includes the independently produced "Romanian Fantasy", a solo recording of improvisations on traditional Eastern European Jewish music recorded at the Glenn Gould Studio at CBC Toronto, "Thin Air" (WIG)the Queen Mab Trio's new release based on Hector Berloiz' Queen Mab Scherzo, "Luminance" (Ambiences Magnetiques), solo improvised piano music using different microphone techniques, "Special Angel" (C.B.C. records), duo with jazz guitar legend Sonny Greenwich, and, with singer David Wall, "Still Soft Voiced Heart"(Traditional Crossroads), original settings of contemporary Yiddish poetry.
Lerner conducts workshops on improvisation and on Jewish music throughout North America, Europe and the former Soviet Union. Current projects include both a recording and performances of "Shake My Heart Like a Copper Bell", Lerner's contemporary Yiddish song cycle on the poetry of Anna Margolin, scored for piano, cello, clarinet and singer Adrienne Cooper, for which she received a Hadassah-Brandeis research award, ongoing collaborations with poet Patrick Friesen, a new trio project with cellist Matt Brubeck and drummer Nick Fraser and numerous solo concerts.
Matt Brubeck is a composer/performer specializing in improvisation on the cello. Classically trained, with a Master's in cello performance from Yale, Matt is at ease in multiple genres and has taken his cello improvisation skills into diverse musical territories. He also plays piano and bass.
Presently residing near Toronto, Matt performs with an array of jazz and improvising artists. Projects include Stretch Orchestra, a trio with guitarist Kevin Breit and percussionist Jesse Stewart. Stretch Orchestra's eponymous CD won the 2012 JUNO Award for Best Instrumental Album of the Year. Matt is also a member of Ugly Beauties (a trio with pianist Marilyn Lerner and drummer Nick Fraser). Their critically acclaimed CD Ugly Beauties was released on the Ambience Magnetique label in May 2009. The trio performed at jazz festivals across Canada that summer. Additionally, Matt performs with with jazz pianist David Braid as the duo Brubeck Braid, Their 2007 CD, twotet/deuxtet was nominated for both a JUNO award and a National Jazz award in 2008. Brubeck Braid has toured Australia, China, Ontario and Quebec.
"Matt Brubeck's facility with the instrument, bowing or plucking, seems to allow him to play whatever occurs to him." - Doug Ramsey, Rifftides
In the pop/rock world, Matt's eclectic adventures have included touring with the Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow, and the Indigo Girls, as well as performing and/or recording with Tom Waits, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie MacMaster, Tracy Chapman and others. During his many years in San Francisco, Matt collaborated with various musicians, including Ben Goldberg, Scott Amendola, Gino Robair, Myles Boisen, John Schott, and Pamela Z. He founded Oranj Symphonette, which recorded two CD's for Rykodisc and went on to play many of the major jazz festivals, from Monterey to Montreal. He worked for several years as composer and cellist/bassist with the San Francisco based Club Foot Orchestra, contributing to critically acclaimed scores for film and television. Alongside all his other musical endeavors, Matt continued to play classical cello and was a member of Kent Nagano's Berkeley Symphony Orchestra from 1989-2003. In 2008, Matt participated in the Grammy award winning Songs of Joy and Peace project with cellist Yo-Yo Ma (video). Matt has enjoyed performing with a wide range of other musicians including Evan Parker, Carlos del Junco, John Geggie, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Pierre Tanguay, Anne Bourne, and David Mott. www.mattbrubeck.com.
Matt is on the music faculty at York University and Humber College. He teaches jazz strings, improvisation, composition, and leads various ensembles. (And, yes, he is the tallest son of Dave.)
"You are a fantastic cellist!" - Yo-Yo Ma
Nick Fraser has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto new jazz and improvised music community since he moved there from Ottawa in 1995. He has worked with a veritable “who’s who” of Canadian jazz and improvised music including Justin Haynes, Mike Murley, Rich Underhill, P.J. Perry, Phil Dwyer, Michael Snow, John Oswald, Andrew Downing, Jean Martin, Christine Duncan, Lina Allemano, Quinsin Nachoff, Dave Restivo, Jim Vivian, David Braid, Ryan Driver, David Occhipinti, William Carn, Nancy Walker, Kieran Overs, Kelly Jefferson, John Geggie, Scott Thomson, Marilyn Lerner, David Mott, Lori Freedman, Jean Derome, Ron Samworth and Kirk MacDonald.
In addition, he has had the opportunity to perform and/or record with such international artists as Tony Malaby, Michael Moore, Bobby Shew, Donny McCaslin, Marilyn Crispell, Anthony Braxton, Joe McPhee, William Parker, Jean-Luc Ponty, Bela Fleck, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Wynton Marsalis, David Binney, Steve Turre, Matt Welch, Bill Carrothers and Bill Mays. Nick’s recorded works as a leader include Owls in Daylight (1997), Nick Fraser and Justin Haynes are faking it (2004) and Towns and Villages (2013).
For 10 years, he co-led the co-operative group Drumheller with Brodie West, Rob Clutton, Eric Chenaux and Doug Tielli, who released four critically acclaimed CDs between 2005 and 2013. Other projects that occupy Nick regularly are Ugly Beauties (with Marilyn Lerner and Matt Brubeck), Peripheral Vision, the Lina Allemano Four and Titanium Riot.
Nick is a founding member of The Association of Improvising Musicians of Toronto, a non-profit organization dedicated to the Toronto improvising community.
“Fraser not so much plays the drums as hurls himself whole body and soul against skin and metal… truly talented.” - Bill Stunt, CBC Radio.
“The young Toronto drummer is perhaps a little too progressive for the hidebound Canadian scene… Fraser is a deft and sensitive percussionist with a hint of an enigmatic streak, a feeling for economical gestures, and an innate sense of form.” - Mark Miller, The Globe & Mail
“Fraser can swing hard when necessary, but he’s equally a colorist with all manner of unusual tricks up his sleeve. Placing cymbals on the drums and pushing on them while striking them created a sound akin to a water gongs. His brushwork was impeccable, asserting time while, at the same time, creating richer texture. His solos were clearly focused on the musical rather than macho displays of dexterity—though in order to do what he does, it’s clear that he possesses all kinds of technical facility.” - John Kelman, All About Jazz
Jazz for Two: Decus Duo
Lucia Barcari, violin
Katya Khatsco, piano
Photo Credit: Bo Huang
Works by G. Gershwin, C. Bolling, A. Kapustin, A. Piazzolla and F. Say
A co-founding member of Decus Duo, Lucia Barcari is a versatile violinist with a special affinity for collaborative projects in diverse genres and ensembles. She enjoys an active career as an orchestral leader, recording artist, chamber and folk musician, throughout Canada and Europe. Committed to educating a new generation of musicians and audiences, Ms. Barcari has worked with Sistema Toronto, a philanthropic organization created to enhance the social development of children through music education. An active orchestral musician for over twenty years, she has served as concertmaster for the Ottawa Valley Music Festival, Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and Nuove Musiche in Belgium. Born in Chișinău, Moldova, Ms. Barcari was admitted to the Music School for Talented Children at the age of seven, and later won the Moldovan National Music Competition. She immigrated to Canada in
1996 and became a Canadian citizen in 2000.
Prizewinner at the 2011 Knigge Music Competition at the University of British Columbia, Katsiaryna Khatsko is a versatile and imaginative musician continuously building her career as a rising concert pianist and chamber musician. Born in Belarus, Mrs. Khatsko started playing piano at an early age, participating in numerous concerts and competitions and taking home top prizes, including the city-wide Minsk music competition “Debut” in 1999, First Place in the Mikhail Glinka Concerto Competition at the Belarusian College of Music and performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Minsk Music College Orchestra in 2005. She has studied with distinguished pianists and pedagogues such as Leon Fleisher, Anton Kuerti, and Robert McDonald, completing her Master of Music in piano performance at the University of Toronto in 2014. Ms. Khatsko is an active performer and presenter of the chamber repertoire and is currently the Music Director at Dixie Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, Ontario.
The Art of the Piano: James Giles
Waltzes Op. 39 - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Nos. 1-4, 12-15
Sonata in B flat major D. 960 - Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Scherzo: Allegro vivace con delicatezza - Trio
Allegro, ma non troppo - Presto
Alt-Wien - Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938)
The Enchanted Nymph - Mischa Levitski (1898-1941)
Papillons - Moriz Rosenthal (1862-1946)
Prelude Op. 61 No. 1 - Ignaz Friedman (1882-1948)
Minuet in G major Op. 14 No. 1 -Ignacy Paderewski (1860-1941)
El Albaicin from Iberia - Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)
Navarra (completion by William Bolcom)
James Giles regularly performs in important musical centers in America, Europe, and Asia. In 2019 he tours Denmark, Taiwan, and China and performs recitals in Toronto, Paris, Naples, Budapest, and Manchester, England. US dates include recitals in Atlanta, Dallas, Tampa, Des Moines, Bloomington, IN, and Chicago. As a chamber musician he appears at the Tucson Chamber Music Festival and with the Rembrandt Chamber Players and the Dempster Street Promusica in Chicago.
In an eclectic repertoire encompassing the solo and chamber music literatures, Giles is equally at home in the standard repertoire as in the music of our time. He has commissioned and premiered works by William Bolcom, C. Curtis-Smith, Stephen Hough, Lowell Liebermann, Ned Rorem, Augusta Read Thomas, Earl Wild, and James Wintle. Most of these new works are featured on Giles’s Albany Records release entitled “American Virtuoso.” His recording of solo works by Schumann and Prokofiev is available on England’s Master Musicians label. He recorded John Harbison’s Horn Trio with the Chicago Chamber Musicians and recently released a recording with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic.
His Paris recital at the Salle Cortot in was hailed as “a true revelation, due equally to the pianist’s artistry as to his choice of program.” After a recital at the Sibelius Academy, the critic for Helsinki’s main newspaper wrote that “Giles is a technically polished, elegant pianist.” And a London critic called his Wigmore Hall recital “one of the most sheerly inspired piano recitals I can remember hearing for some time” and added that “with a riveting intelligence given to everything he played, it was the kind of recital you never really forget.”
He has performed with New York’s Jupiter Symphony (Alkan and Czerny); the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra in Queen Elizabeth Hall (Mozart and Beethoven); the Kharkiv Philharmonic in Ukraine (Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff); and with the Opera Orchestra of New York in Alice Tully Hall (Chopin). After his Tully Hall solo recital debut, critic Harris Goldsmith wrote: “Giles has a truly distinctive interpretive persona. This was beautiful pianism – direct and unmannered.” Other tours have included concerts in the Shanghai International Piano Festival; St. Petersburg’s White Nights New Music Festival, Warsaw’s Chopin Academy of Music; Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Series, Salt Lake City’s Assembly Hall Concert Series, and in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Musikhalle in Hamburg, and the Purcell Room at London’s South Bank Centre. He has given live recitals over the public radio stations of New York, Boston, Chicago, and Indianapolis. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with members of the National and Chicago Symphonies and with members of the Escher, Pacifica, Cassatt, Chicago, Ying, Chester, St. Lawrence, Essex, Lincoln, and Miami Quartets, as well as singers Aprile Millo and Anthony Dean Griffey.
A native of North Carolina, Dr. Giles studied with Byron Janis at the Manhattan School of Music, Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School, Nelita True at the Eastman School of Music, and Robert Shannon at Oberlin College. He received early career assistance from the Clarisse B. Kampel Foundation and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Italy with the legendary pianist Lazar Berman.
The pianist was the recipient of a fellowship grant and the Christel Award from the American Pianists Association. He won first prizes at the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association Competition. As a student he was awarded the prestigious William Petschek Scholarship at the Juilliard School and the Arthur Dann Award at the Oberlin College Conservatory. He wrote for Piano and Keyboard magazine and has presented lecture-recitals at the national conventions of the Music Teachers National Association, the College Music Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda. He regularly serves on competition jury panels and has been conference artist for many state music teachers associations.
Dr. Giles is coordinator of the piano program and director of music performance graduate studies at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and during the summers is director of the piano program at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. He gives master classes and lectures at schools nationwide, including Juilliard, Manhattan, Eastman, Oberlin, Indiana, Yale, New England and has taught during the summers at the Gijon Piano Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Bowdoin, Brevard, Art of the Piano, Colburn, Interlochen, ARIA, Pianofest in the Hamptons, and the Schlern Festival in Italy. His classes internationally have occurred throughout China as well as at Seoul National University, the Royal Danish Academy of Music (Copenhagen), the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki), the Chopin Academy (Warsaw), the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) and the Royal College of Music (London).