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Sept2018

The Art of the Piano: Jarred Dunn

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 8 pm
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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.
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Magisterra Soloists
Brahms Piano Quartet
Louis Vierne Piano Quintet

Friday September 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm
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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.

Little Mahagonny: A tribute to Kurt Weil
A benefit on behalf of Voicebox: Opera in Concert

Tuesday September 25, 2018 at 7:30 pm
$45

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Suzy Smith, piano and music director
Guillermo Silva-Marin, stage director

Cailin McCaughey
Alida Doornberg
Chan Horrobin
Edward LaRocque
Handaya Rusli
Daniele Rae Acebuque

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
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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.

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Jazz at the Gallery:
Another Kind of Soul
Paul Novotny Trio with Barry Elmes and Mark Eisenman

Saturday October 6, 2017 at 8 pm 
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Another Kind of Soul identifies a fresh trio chemistry and sound between these veteran Canadian jazz artists, who are joining together under the leadership of Paul Novotny at Gallery 345. Perfectly suited to the acoustics of the gallery, Another Kind Of Soul will offer an intimate and nuanced piano trio sound, while featuring adept improvisational performance on standards, jazz songs, and originals. Novotny and Elmes were long-time members of the Brian Browne Trio, and have also honed their sound with Cedar Walton, but now, with Mark Eisenman these three musicians will embark on their own unique journey to explore Another Kind of Soul. Enjoy and experience the Paul Novotny Trio with Barry Elmes and Mark Eisenman in the intimate Gallery 345 concert-space on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday October 6th.

Paul Novotny is a Canadian bassist who receives international recognition from his recordings which date back to 1990 with Joe Sealy, (Sealy/Novotny, Double Entendre). Paul has performed with Geoff Keezer, Kenny Wheeler, Junior Mance, Jo-Anne Brackeen, Lynne Arriale, Brian Browne, Molly Johnson, Jackie Richardson and David Clayton Thomas. Novotny is also a veteran screen-composer who has created and produced music for feature film, TV-episodic series, documentaries and advertising with credits for CBC The National, The Hour (George Stroumboulopolous) and CBC News Now. He has multiple awards including 2 Juno nominations and has produced Juno winning and Global Music Award winning releases. He also played bass on the platinum selling Cuphead (2018) video game soundtrack which has earned an enormous international following. In 2016 Paul released Look Ahead with Robi Botos, which has now been internationally received on a Spotify Instrumental Jazz playlist. Novotny & Botos are heard alongside Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and others. Paul is the vice president of Triplet Records Inc., which he co-owns with Joe Sealy. He has an MA in music composition and is currently an incoming PhD candidate at York University and nominee for the Jacques Isrealievitch Scholarship in Interdisciplinary Arts.

Mark Eisenman
has performed with numerous eminent Canadian and U.S. jazz artists including, Scott Hamilton, Art Farmer, Lew Tabackin, Barney Kessell, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Guido Basso, and Pat LaBarbera. Mark is proud to have recorded Sweet and Lovely with drummer Jimmy Cobb. Knowledgeable jazz fans will recognize Cobb as the drummer on Miles Davis’s classic recording, Kind Of Blue. He is well represented on many other recordings. His latest as a leader is Apparition, which features all original compositions by Mark performed by his Quintet. A top call vocal accompanist and long-time jazz educator at York University you'll find him in any situation where taste, feel, and a jazz sensibility is important.

Barry Elmes has occupied a position of prominence on the Canadian jazz scene since the 1980s and has become internationally-respected over the years since, not only as one of Canada’s most talented drummers, but for parallel accomplishments as a composer, producer, band leader, recording artist, and dedicated educator. His award-winning work has been documented on over 90 jazz CDs and he has performed all over the world with many renowned jazz artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Tommy Flanagan, Charlie Haden, Diana Krall, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie, Oliver Jones, Cedar Walton, Phil Nimmons, and Moe Koffman. Barry has received numerous “National Jazz Awards”, including: “Drummer of the Year” four times (1994-95-96,1998) and “Jazz Musician of the Year” twice (1993-94). In 2017, the Barry Elmes Quintet released its long-awaited sixth CD entitled Dog's Breakfast, showcasing Barry’s new compositions. Barry is an associate professor of music at York University and currently serves as the Jazz Area Coordinator.

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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.

Payadora Tango Ensemble

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 8 pm
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Rebekah Wolkstein, violin
Drew Jurecka, bandoneon
Robert Horvath, piano
Joe Philips, bass
Elbio Fernandez, vocals

Jazz at the Gallery: Look Ahead
Paul Novotny Duo
featuring Robi Botos, piano

Saturday October 13, 2017 at 8 pm 
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The Novotny/Botos recording Look Ahead was released internationally on Triplet Records in 2016. It has now brought these stalwart Canadian jazz musicians and their unique duo-sound to the world. Look Ahead is more than a title, it describes their musical approach, which involves a shared 6th sense of music and sound. This connection propels them toward new compositional and performative destinations. When music-making is this genuine, it can extend to other mediums because it story-tells. Recent acknowledgment of this Novotny/Botos trait comes from Canadian filmmaker Cleo Tellier, who licensed the Novotny/Botos version of Botos’s song Budapest for the closing theme of her movie Mishka. It has received over 17 million YouTube views since April 22, 2018. This reception has further brought attention to Novotny & Botos as film composers because they also co-composed Mishka’s underscore. What’s more, the Look Ahead version of My Favorite Things is currently streaming on Spotify’s instrumental jazz playlist, joining iconic jazz luminaries Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. Enjoy and experience Paul Novotny with Robi Botos in the intimate Gallery 345 concert- space.

Paul Novotny is a Canadian bassist who receives international recognition from his recordings which date back to 1990 with Joe Sealy, (Sealy/Novotny, Double Entendre). Paul has performed with Geoff Keezer, Kenny Wheeler, Junior Mance, Jo-Anne Brackeen, Lynne Arriale, Brian Browne, Molly Johnson, Jackie Richardson and David Clayton Thomas. Novotny is also a veteran screen-composer who has created and produced music for feature film, TV-episodic series, documentaries and advertising with credits for CBC The National, The Hour (George Stroumboulopolous) and CBC News Now. He has multiple awards including 2 Juno nominations and has produced Juno winning and Global Music Award winning releases. He also played bass on the platinum selling Cuphead (2018) video game soundtrack which has earned an enormous international following. In 2016 Paul released Look Ahead with Robi Botos, which has now been internationally received on a Spotify Instrumental Jazz playlist. Novotny & Botos are heard alongside Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and others. Paul is the vice president of Triplet Records Inc., which he co-owns with Joe Sealy. He has an MA in music composition and is currently an incoming PhD candidate at York University and nominee for the Jacques Isrealievitch Scholarship in Interdisciplinary Arts.

Robi Botos has performed with Branford Marsalis, Chaka Khan and Al Jarreau and won numerous international music competitions. He has opened for Wayne Shorter and Danilo Perez and continues to perform and record in commemoration of Oscar Peterson. Robi regularly performs with Molly Johnson, and his own group recording titled Movin’ Forward won a Juno Award in 2016 and features Jeff “Tain” Watts and Robert Hurst. Robi’s recent 2018 recording Old Soul is now also garnering rave reviews. As a film composer, Robi wrote the score for A People Uncounted, documenting the struggles and the rich artistry of the Romani people. Robi has just completed music for Stella Meghie’s feature films, Jean of The Jonses and The Weekend, which Novotny did with him. Robi’s song Budapest, (from Look Ahead) was licensed as the closing theme for Cleo Tellier’s film, Mishka, which has now received over 17 million YouTube views.
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Paul Novotny and Robi Botos, My Favorite Things

The Art of the Piano: Raphaël Sudan

Sunday October 14, 2018 at 7:30 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. 

The Art of the Piano: Marc Pierre Toth
Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas III

Tuesday October 16, 2018 at 8:00pm
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Program

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 3 op. 1 in C major
1. Allegro con brio, common time
2. Adagio, 2/4 in E major
3. Scherzo: Allegro
4. Allegro assai

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 17 op.31 in d minor (The Tempest)
1. Largo – Allegro
2. Adagio (B flat major)
3. Allegretto

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 25 op. 79 in G major
1. Presto alla tedesca
2. Andante
3. Vivace

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 30 op. 109 in E major
1. Vivace ma non troppo — Adagio espressivo
2. Prestissimo
3.Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo

Gaining increasing popularity with audiences for his entertaining and informative CONCERT-‘LECTURE’ Series ‘What is so great about Classical Music?’, Marc Pierre Toth abandoned a Chemical Engineering Scholarship to undertake more serious musical studies. He finished a degree in the fortepiano and historical performance with M° Gerritt Zitterbart after graduating from the Soloist-Class with M° Einar Steen-Nokleberg at the world-reknowned ‘Hochschule für Musik und Theater’ in Hannover, where he has been an Instructor since 2007. He also has served as Visiting-Professor at Laval University, replacing the Department Head in 2010. Since 2012, he is on the Faculty at the Dr.Hoch’s Konservatorium in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, with a position formerly held by Clara Schumann.

A recipient of the prestigious International German Government Scholarship from the DAAD and multiple Grants from the Arts Council of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts, he graduated magna cum laude from the Master’s Program at the University of Toronto as a student of Marietta Orlov, and also holds Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Performance Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, the latter which he earned under Dr.Boris Lysenko. He has participated in Masterclasses in Banff, Kneisel Hall, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Hamamatsu, etc. with musicians such as Dmitiri Bashkirov, Leon Fleischer, Richard Goode, Gyorgy Sebok, Hans Leygraf, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, P. Devoyon, H. Nakamura, V.Krpan, A.Vardi, I.Rohmann, Aurele Nicolet, Lee Kum Sing, J. Browning, M. Bilson, G.Zhou, Pnina Salzmann, etc… and the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation Beethoven Masterclasses in Positano with John O’Conor.

As 3rd Laureate at the 52nd Busoni International Piano Competition in 2000, Mr.Toth was engaged for concerts in Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, Amici della Musica di Verona, Amici della Musica di Vicenza, Academia Musicale di Pescara, Festival di Maria Callas in Sirmione sul Garda, Virtuoses de Musica in Brazil, Fondacion Santillana in Bogota etc… Prizes have also been achieved in a dozen other competitions such as the 33rd V.Bellini International Competition, the Compositores d’Espana in Madrid, the International Prokofiev Piano Competition 2003, the Rome Chopin Competition, il Concorso Francesco Durante, Grand Prize of the Future Virtuosos Competition in Japan, the Valsesia-Musica International Competition, the Vietri Sul Mar International Competition, the Glenn Gould International in Italy, and Chopin Society Competition in Germany etc.

He has appeared as soloist with diverse orchestras in Canada and Europe including Orchestra London, the Paderborn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the state Opera in Hannover, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma e Lazio, Orchestra del Teatro Bellini, The Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, ORCAM in Spain, Orchester des Stadttheaters Bremerhaven in Germany, the Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra of Zagreb, Filharmonia Ungarica and has recently been invited as soloist in Germany, Italy and Russia. He has performed in 26 countires in recitals throughout Canada and in the United States, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Roumania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Austria.

After the successes of the ‘Goldberg-das Ballett’ project, ‘Flüchtige Visionen’ to the music of S.Prokofiev, and “BEGEGNUNG: Claudel-Rodin-Chopin” in Bremerhaven, as well as the Bach ‘Preludes & Fugues’ Project in Linz 2006 , all with the Ballet Company of Viennese Choreographer Jörg Mannes, Mr. Toth was featured in the ‘4Beethoven4’ project with the Hannover Staatsoper Orchestra in 2007-08, and the ‘à Propos Bach‘ Project in 2008 & 2009 which resulted in an invitation for the Bachfest in Weimar 2009.

Mr.Toth has been a Jury member of the 3rd International Jazz Piano Competition in Ostra, Italy, the Coppa Pianisti d’Osimo International and the International ENKOR competition. He has also served as guest professor and lecturer at the University of Bogota in Colombia during a concert tour of South America as well as given master-classes at Universities in Toronto, London, Quebec, Bogota Colombia, Italy and Sicily and will be giving upcoming master-classes in Italy, Germany, Canada, Thailand, Turkey and Asia. In 2016 he will make his debut at the Val Tidone Summer Masterclasses.

Mr. Toth has recently finished his Complete Beethoven Cycle in various cities in Germany and Canada and has recorded the Sonatas Op.2 on the Fortepiano for the Klassik Label. A Classical Variations CD of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven has also been recorded, and the Complete Sonatas are in the plan. He is currently the Artistic Director of the “Music for a Better World” Benefit Concert Series in Frankfurt which has benefited organizations such as Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and Diakonie Disaster Help, and when not practicing, teaching, working or performing, Mr.Toth also trains Shaolin QiGong and Shaolin Kung Fu, and has been a Yoga Instructor at the HMTHannover for 11 years.

Un Sospiro – Italian Art Songs
Julie Nesrallah, mezzo-soprano
Caroline Leonardelli, harp
Recording Release

Sunday October 21, 2018 at 2 pm 
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Renowned mezzo soprano and CBC Radio host Julie Nesrallah and JUNO Award nominated harpist Caroline Léonardelli have a new program of Italian Art Songs.  The recording has just been released and this is the premiere performance in Toronto.  The program features eight different composers with Verdi, Puccini, and Respighi writing their songs as a way to launch their career operatic and symphonic careers while Tosti and Leoncavallo forged a career of song composition.  The songs range from very well known to the obscure with subjects ranging from love, romance and joy to betrayal, scorn and death.  Art songs are written for piano.  These songs have been arranged for harp.  Caroline completed most of the arrangements herself and a number are in their premiere on the instrument. 

Caroline’s last solo harp recording Impressions de France has been selected by Apple music editors to be on their top playlist for the instrument and her previous recording El Dorado received a JUNO Award nomination for Classical Album of the Year Solo or Small Ensemble.

Julie and Caroline toured their previous programs Panache and Impressions de France at major festivals and series throughout Canada and are looking forward to performances of these Italian songs.

Songs included in the Program

Giuseppe Verdi

Deh, pietoso, oh Addolorata – Sei romanze
In Solitaria stanza – Sei romanze
Giacomo Puccini – E l’uccellino

Ruggero Leoncavallo
Canzone d’amore
Mattinata

Ottorino Respighi
Nebbie

Paolo Tosti
Donna vorrie morir
Lasciami! Lascia Ch’io Respiri

Claudio Monteverdi
Lasciatemi morire
Geminiano Giacomelli
Sposa son disprezzata

Atis Bankas, violin
Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan, piano
Beethoven Violin Sonatas

Sunday October 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm 
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Program

Ludwig von Beethoven  (1770 – 1825)  

Atis Bankas

Violin Canadian-Lithuanian violinist extraordinaire, Mr. Bankas has performed as a soloist in Canada, Europe, the United States, Korea, Japan, the former Soviet Union, and with orchestras under the direction of Nejme Jarvi, Iona Brown, Andrew Davis, and JoAnn Falletta among many others. Chamber music collaborators include pianists A. Laplante, S. Goodyear, R. Silverman, R. McDonald, N. Kogan, among many others. Atis Bankas is dedicatee of numerous new works by composers such as G. Kulesha, H. Freedman, D. Varelas, M. Bronner, V. Bartulis, A. Navakas, G. Samsonas, D. Hyman, S. Burbi, A. Shenderovas, P. Tiefenbach, and many others.

On international scene 2017-18 season highlights include solo and chamber music performances in Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Lithuania. Atis Bankas s the first violinist of the Gould String Quartet, member of Potsdam Trio, and leader of Ensemble CamerAtis.

Atis Bankas is the Founder and Artistic Director of Music Niagara, a highly regarded annual international summer music festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

His solo and chamber music performances have been featured on CJRT, CFMX, CBC and NPR radio networks. He has recorded on Fidelis, Analekta, Radioservis and CBC labels. His performances have received high critical acclaim: “Atis Bankas's phenomenal technique allowed him to portray the original flavour of the traditional classical repertoire... he was able to present the beauty of the classical genre employing musical mastery and warmth of his sound...” KOREAN ART & CULTURE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

“We have one of the greatest living violinists with us every summer here in Niagara-on-the-Lake —Atis Bankas. He has it all, intonation, beautiful tone in all registers, phrasing, and great musicianship. Having such an exceptional talent here is something we should celebrate.” PETER HALL, WNED RADIO, BUFFALO, NY

 "A brilliant technique and profound musicianship are combined in the artistry of the Lithuanian born violinist, Atis Bankas" ESTONIAN DAILY

"The mellow tone he elicits from his instrument is responsible for the warmth of the ensemble. Its pitch approaches that of the viola but in capable hands of Mr. Bankas it soars the heights into sweetness. Quite remarkable!" NATIONAL POST

“...a driven melting sound of the violin in Sergei Prokofiev's sonata for violin and piano Nr. 2 in D major...” POTSDAMER NEUESTE NACHRICHTEN, GERMANY

Atis Bankas first came to national and international attention after winning the International Violin Competition in Tallin, Estonia. After graduating from the Lithuanian State Conservatory with a summa cum laude Masters degree in solo violin performance, chamber music, pedagogy, and orchestral performance, Mr. Bankas continued his post- graduate work in violin performance at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. where he studied in David Oistrakh's violin department. His principal teachers were Victor Radovich (in Vilnius, Lithuania) and Semyon Snitkovsky, (in Moscow, Russia), both students of David Oistrakh.

Mr. Bankas shares his musical talents by teaching a large violin studio at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. For his extraodinary dedication and achievement in the field of teaching music Atis Bankas was awarded the Barenreiter Prize, Carnegie Hall's American Protege and Enkor competition awards. He has adjudicated competitions and conducted master classes in Japan, Korea, Europe, the United States and Canada. Many of Mr. Bankas' students have been prizewinners of international and national competitions, such as the Paganini International Violin Competition, Stradivarius International Violin Competition, J. Heifetz International Violin Competition, Kocian Violin Competitiona, Stulberg International Competition, the Toronto Symphony and Montreal Symphony competitions.

In recognition of his musical contributions he was inducted into the International Knightly Order of St. George and was honoured as an Honorary Doctor of Arts by the Azerbaijan Ministry of Education and the Academy of Fine Arts.

Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan

Praised as “an admirably gifted performer’’ by Yuri Temirkanov, “a pianist of great talent, having extraordinary skills and boundless musicality” by Mikhail Pletnev and a “true artist” by Yefim Bronfman, Victoria is the winner of The Stravinsky Piano Competition at the age of 13, Andorra Piano Competition, E-Piano Competition in Minneapolis and I International Piano Competition In Korea among others.

As a soloist, Victoria has performed with major orchestras in concert halls such as the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Concertgebouw, Koeln Philharmonic, Nuernberg Meistersinger Hall, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Salle Pleyel in Paris and concertized throughout Russia, USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Egypt, France, Azerbaijan and Korea under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev, Mark Gorenstein, Pavel Kogan, Arnold Katz, Nikolai Alekseev, Maxim Shostakovich, Vladimir Ziva, Alexander Vedernikov, Mark Russell Smith, Charles Ansbacher and Laurent Petitgirard.

Two recent recordings featuring Beethoven Piano Concertos by Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan were released under Art Classic Company label and received critical acclaim for its distinguished imagination and stylistic precision.

Born in Moscow, 1978, the granddaughter of the famous violinists Leonid Kogan and Elizaveta Gilels, Victoria started to play the piano at the age of 5. One year later she debuted at the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Her mother Prof. Dr. Nina Kogan works at the Moscow Conservatory. Her uncle Pavel Kogan is a Russian violinist and conductor who currently leads the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.

Victoria received her M.M. and D.M.A. from the Moscow Conservatory where she studied with Lev Vlassenko, Sergei Dorensky and Pavel Nersessian. Her masterclasses include study with Andreas Stayer, Dmitry Bashkirov, Claude Frank, William Nabore and Jose Feghali.

Victoria has been on the faculty of Moscow Conservatory since 2007 and Seokyeong University in Seoul since 2014. Victoria is also a frequent guest of famous international music festivals such as The Corinthian Summer Music Festival in Austria, Summit Music Festival, Mannes Keyboard Festival in the USA, the Musiktage Koblenz in Germany, Nuit Classiques de Ramatuelle and Nuits du Piano d’Erbalunga in France.

Her past performances include concerts in Moscow, St.Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Odessa, Baku, South Korea, Israel, USA, Japan and Argentina. After her 2017 arrival in Canada, Victoria performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto with the Ontario Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Sabatino Vacca.
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The Art of the Piano: Marc Pierre Toth
Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas IV

Saturday October 27, 2018 at 8:00pm
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Program
BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 4 op. 7 in E flat (Grand Sonata)
I. Allegro molto e con brio
II. Largo, con gran espressione
III. Allegro; "Trio"
IV. Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 14 op. 27 in C minor (Moonligh
I. Adagio sostenuto
II. Allegretto
III. Presto agitato

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 26 op. 81a in E flat major (Les Adieux)
1. Das Lebewohl (Les Adieux - The Farewell): Adagio - Allegro
2. Abwesenheit (L'Absence - The Absence): Andante espressivo (In gehender Bewegung, doch mit viel Ausdruck - In walking motion, but with much expression)
3. Das Wiedersehen (Le Retour - The Return): Vivacissimamente (Im lebhaftesten Zeitmaße - The liveliest time measurements)

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 31 op. 110 in A flat Major
1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
2. Allegro molto
3. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro ma non troppo

Gaining increasing popularity with audiences for his entertaining and informative CONCERT-‘LECTURE’ Series ‘What is so great about Classical Music?’, Marc Pierre Toth abandoned a Chemical Engineering Scholarship to undertake more serious musical studies. He finished a degree in the fortepiano and historical performance with M° Gerritt Zitterbart after graduating from the Soloist-Class with M° Einar Steen-Nokleberg at the world-reknowned ‘Hochschule für Musik und Theater’ in Hannover, where he has been an Instructor since 2007. He also has served as Visiting-Professor at Laval University, replacing the Department Head in 2010. Since 2012, he is on the Faculty at the Dr.Hoch’s Konservatorium in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, with a position formerly held by Clara Schumann.

A recipient of the prestigious International German Government Scholarship from the DAAD and multiple Grants from the Arts Council of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts, he graduated magna cum laude from the Master’s Program at the University of Toronto as a student of Marietta Orlov, and also holds Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Performance Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, the latter which he earned under Dr.Boris Lysenko. He has participated in Masterclasses in Banff, Kneisel Hall, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Hamamatsu, etc. with musicians such as Dmitiri Bashkirov, Leon Fleischer, Richard Goode, Gyorgy Sebok, Hans Leygraf, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, P. Devoyon, H. Nakamura, V.Krpan, A.Vardi, I.Rohmann, Aurele Nicolet, Lee Kum Sing, J. Browning, M. Bilson, G.Zhou, Pnina Salzmann, etc… and the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation Beethoven Masterclasses in Positano with John O’Conor.

As 3rd Laureate at the 52nd Busoni International Piano Competition in 2000, Mr.Toth was engaged for concerts in Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, Amici della Musica di Verona, Amici della Musica di Vicenza, Academia Musicale di Pescara, Festival di Maria Callas in Sirmione sul Garda, Virtuoses de Musica in Brazil, Fondacion Santillana in Bogota etc… Prizes have also been achieved in a dozen other competitions such as the 33rd V.Bellini International Competition, the Compositores d’Espana in Madrid, the International Prokofiev Piano Competition 2003, the Rome Chopin Competition, il Concorso Francesco Durante, Grand Prize of the Future Virtuosos Competition in Japan, the Valsesia-Musica International Competition, the Vietri Sul Mar International Competition, the Glenn Gould International in Italy, and Chopin Society Competition in Germany etc.

He has appeared as soloist with diverse orchestras in Canada and Europe including Orchestra London, the Paderborn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the state Opera in Hannover, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma e Lazio, Orchestra del Teatro Bellini, The Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, ORCAM in Spain, Orchester des Stadttheaters Bremerhaven in Germany, the Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra of Zagreb, Filharmonia Ungarica and has recently been invited as soloist in Germany, Italy and Russia. He has performed in 26 countires in recitals throughout Canada and in the United States, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Roumania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Austria.

After the successes of the ‘Goldberg-das Ballett’ project, ‘Flüchtige Visionen’ to the music of S.Prokofiev, and “BEGEGNUNG: Claudel-Rodin-Chopin” in Bremerhaven, as well as the Bach ‘Preludes & Fugues’ Project in Linz 2006 , all with the Ballet Company of Viennese Choreographer Jörg Mannes, Mr. Toth was featured in the ‘4Beethoven4’ project with the Hannover Staatsoper Orchestra in 2007-08, and the ‘à Propos Bach‘ Project in 2008 & 2009 which resulted in an invitation for the Bachfest in Weimar 2009.

Mr.Toth has been a Jury member of the 3rd International Jazz Piano Competition in Ostra, Italy, the Coppa Pianisti d’Osimo International and the International ENKOR competition. He has also served as guest professor and lecturer at the University of Bogota in Colombia during a concert tour of South America as well as given master-classes at Universities in Toronto, London, Quebec, Bogota Colombia, Italy and Sicily and will be giving upcoming master-classes in Italy, Germany, Canada, Thailand, Turkey and Asia. In 2016 he will make his debut at the Val Tidone Summer Masterclasses.

Mr. Toth has recently finished his Complete Beethoven Cycle in various cities in Germany and Canada and has recorded the Sonatas Op.2 on the Fortepiano for the Klassik Label. A Classical Variations CD of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven has also been recorded, and the Complete Sonatas are in the plan. He is currently the Artistic Director of the “Music for a Better World” Benefit Concert Series in Frankfurt which has benefited organizations such as Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and Diakonie Disaster Help, and when not practicing, teaching, working or performing, Mr.Toth also trains Shaolin QiGong and Shaolin Kung Fu, and has been a Yoga Instructor at the HMTHannover for 11 years.

THE BOOK
“There was the ocean and the sky
They were a painting in a book…”

Sunday October 28, 2018 at 3 pm
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A new, contemporary chamber-piece of poetry and artsong written and performed by Beth Anne Cole. Composed by Beth Anne Cole with Martin van de Ven
Beth Anne Cole, voice, Tania Gill, piano, Martin van de Ven, clarinet, Arie Verheul van de Ven, viola

Beth Anne Cole is a singer, actress, songwriter, painter and poet. She has worked extensively in the theatre (Shaw Festival, Stratford, National Arts Centre), on CBC radio and television (“Morningside”, “Mr. Dressup”) and on the concert stage in Canada and the U.S (Glenn Gould Theatre, Toronto; Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York; Boston Conservatory, Boston). She has written songs for “Sesame Street” and her own CDs “Gifts in the Old, Old Ground” and “Song under the Stair”. 

Her new performance piece, "The Book" is a compelling fusion of many kinds of music, song, and original poetry created by Beth Anne with Martin van de Ven and slated for recording and touring in  2019.  "She has the audience in the palm of her hand" - Toronto Star     
"Sublime" - Globe and Mail

Acclaimed composer and pianist Tania Gill is a key figure in the Toronto scenes of jazz and popular music. She has worked with diverse world-class artists including Deep Dark United, The Flying Bulgars, Brodie West, Andrew Downing’s Melodeon, Charles Spearin’s The Happiness Project, Mary Margaret O’Hara and Anthony Braxton. Tania has performed in major festivals and has toured internationally.
Her long-awaited 2010 debut recording, Bolger Station (Barnyard Records), with Lina Allemano/tpt, Clinton Ryder/bass and Jean Martin/drums was ‘disc of the week’ and short- listed for ‘disc of the year’ by The Globe and Mail, and was nominated for debut album of the year in The Village Voice jazz critics’ poll. The Tania Gill Quartet toured Canada in 2012.
Tania has a MMUS in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto, a BMUS in Jazz Performance from McGill University, studied classical piano at the University of Victoria, and has attended the Banff Centre for the Arts. She has taught music privately for twenty years, formerly taught piano and ensembles in the Humber Community Music School and has been a clinician/adjudicator at festivals in Ontario and Manitoba

A mainstay of the Canadian Folk and Jazz scene for well over a decade, Martin van de Ven is a former member of the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band and a frequent performer and instructor at festivals around the world. A unique stylist, Martin brings fire, elegance and humour to his performances with his current bands, Beyond the Pale and his duo project with guitarist Brian Katz, “Collected Stories”.

His original compositions carve new musical territory, rooted in traditional folk styles but informed by Jazz, Classical, and New Music.

He has published two instructional volumes of klezmer music transcriptions and has composed and performed music for many film, television, theatre, and dance productions. Martin is a graduate of Queens University (M.Mus).

With Jumblies, Martin has been Composer and Music Director for Twisted Metal and Mermaid’s TearsOy Di Velt Vet Vern Yinger and the workshop phase of Like An Old Tale; clarinetist for The Magic Fish and Like An Old Tale; and workshop facilitator on many projects for people of all ages and musical backgrounds and abilities. 

Arie Verheul-van de Ven has been playing music since the age of four when he reluctantly started violin lessons. Over the past few years, he has been working in various capacities around the Toronto youth arts scene as a composer, performer, and musical director. Most recently Arie completed a semester at McGill University studying viola with prof. Andre Roy. He is a graduate of  Wilfrid Laurier University in Composition and Improvisation. Arie joined Train of Thought, playing his viola from Nipissing to Sudbury and back in his home of Toronto. Arie is an Inspirit Foundation youth traveller.


Nov2018

The Art of the Piano: Gregory Millar

Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm
7:15 pm Pre-concert talk
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Program
to the memory of my mentor and friend, Peter Longworth

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
Rondo in A Major, Wq. 58, No. 1 (1783)
(from 4th collection of Sonatas, Fantasias and Rondos "für Kenner und Liebhaber")

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2 (1798)
 I. Allegro
II. Allegretto III. Presto

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Fantasien, Op. 116 (1892)
I. Capriccio in D Minor
II.  Intermezzo in A Minor
III. Capriccio in G Minor
IV. Intermezzo in E Major
V. Intermezzo in E Minor
VI. Intermezzo in E Major
VII. Capriccio in D Minor

Intermission

Barbara Pentland (1912-2000)
Studies in Line I. II. III. IV. (1941)

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Sarcasms, Op. 17 (1912-14)
I. Tempestoso
II. Allegro rubato
III. Allegro precipitato
IV. Smanioso
V. Precipitosissimo

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Barcarolle, Op. 60 (1846)

A local favorite who has made numerous appearances at Gallery 345 (Westwood Concerts chamber music series and Millar Piano Duo), pianist Gregory Millar returns to give a long-awaited solo recital. His program presents two 19th century masterpieces set into relief by a complementary pair of works from each of the 18th and 20th centuries.

Millar made his professional debut at age 18 with a solo recital in his hometown of Lachine, QC, after being awarded that city’s prestigious mérite culturel prize. He has since led a career as a versatile solo performer and chamber musician that has brought him to several Canadian provinces, the Northeastern United States, and Belgium. His playing has been described as “compelling... a tour de force... devastatingly beautiful.” (The Muskokan)

Millar is featured on two CDs of chamber music by Toronto composer Frank Horvat – Me to We and The Current Agenda – released in 2017. He gave the premiere of Colin Eatock’s Book of Saints as well first complete performance of Jean Coulthard’s 13 Preludes. As a concerto soloist, Millar has performed with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra and the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra. He has partnered with many prominent artists and ensembles, including violinist Jasper Wood, soprano Melanie Conly, actress Theresa Tova, the Talisker Players and the Venuti String Quartet. Millar also has served as resident collaborative pianist for the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in New Hampshire and the Banff Centre’s summer masterclass program.

Millar holds a DMA from the Eastman School of Music, a MusM from the University of Toronto, a BMus from McGill University and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School. In addition to performing, Millar teaches private lessons in piano and theory, and currently is engaged as a Subject Matter Expert for an online harmony course in development at the Royal Conservatory of Music. 

The Art of the Piano: Teo Milea

Saturday, November 3 2018 at 7 pm
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“Teo Milea`s compositions have something special: they leave you the impression that they embody and take majestic forms, they become statues, structures, buildings…” (M. Obradov, Journalist)

Currently working on new solo piano music for his upcoming album “I am Human”, Teo Milea has been living in Toronto for the last three years. When asked about how Canada has been influencing his compositional style, the artist said: “I needed some time to connect to this new space, to everything that surrounds me here in Toronto, and I am sure my music reflects both the struggle of finding my new voice and the contentment ofdiscovering the new pattern in my musical style. While my first album “On white…and black keys” (2012) was more close to the world of classical music, I feel “Open Minds” (2015), my second album, paved the way to a more modern style; and the new works are definitely going towards the minimal genre. On November 3rd, besides well-known pieces like “1stSun”, “Agony and Ecstasy”, “Journey”, “Irreversible” and a few others, I am excited to be able to play some of the new compositions for my friends at Gallery 345 – one of my favorite venues here in Toronto.”

Winner of Popular Vote and Top 4 finalist at the well-known 'Searchlight 2016'music contest on Radio CBC Canada, winner of '2015 Classical Album of the Year'category on SoloPiano.com Radio US and of The Akademia Music Awards 'Best Ambient/Instrumental Album'with his latest release 'Open Minds', applauded and acclaimed on international scenes for his piano compositions, pianist Teo Milea brings to the audience a creation that successfully combines the specific of two worlds: the classical and the new one, of the 21th century. 

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Felix Anima: Music Inspired by Hildegard of Bingen
Jeff Bird, harmonica, Shruti
Ben Grossman, hurdy gurdy
Witek Grabowiecki, piano

Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 2 pm
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“800-year-old music played on harmonica” - That’s how multi-instrumentalist Jeff Bird describes his latest work, felix anima, interpretations of the music of Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). It isn’t easy to put into words the beautiful and haunting experience of listening to Bird’s latest album. Contemplative, uplifting, sacred, transcendent. Bird’s thoughtful approach to combining harmonica, a droning Shruti box, and a range of other instruments, offers contemporary audiences a whole new way of encountering the medieval abbess’ impressive musical works.
“…spectacular, sublime, moving and beautifully interpreted and produced. A true piece of art from an exceptional, mature artist, interpreting the music of a genius” - Russ Christianson , M.I.R., B Comm.

The melodies heard on felix anima comes from the celebrated Hildegard of Bingen, an abbess in 12th century Germany, still known today for her impressive theological, scientific, dramatic and musical works. A saint, a Doctor of the Church, a mystic, a feminist, and a visionary, Hildegard of Bingen has captured the imagination of audiences, artists, and musicians around the world.

In Bird’s words: “Like all exceptional music, it remains timeless.”

The artwork for the CD, also created by Bird, is a beautiful visual that combines the transcendental with the electric, producing a stunning mandala of sacred inspiration and hypnotic form that reflects and enhances the music itself. The CD has already received considerable praise from everyone encountering it and was featured on CBC’s classical streaming “First Play” series.

Hildegard von Bingen on harmonica? Absolutley! Jeff Bird’s new album, Felix Anima, is a stunner .”  CBC music  

Jeff Bird is a founding member of the seminal folk group Tamarack. With Cowboy Junkies he was part of the legendary The Trinity Session and continues to record and tour the world with them. He has realized 16 recordings of his own as a soloist and collaborator, and has scored music for film, television and dance. He is also an experimental filmmaker and performance artist whose work has been showcased at festivals around the world, from Dawson City, Yukon to Vladivostok, Russia. As a multi-instrumentalist Bird has appeared on over 100 recordings and has worked with such diverse artists as Jane Bunnett, Loreena McKennitt, Natalie Merchant, Scott Merritt, Townes Van Zandt.

Ben Grossman is a busy musician and sound artist: improviser, studio musician, composer, and noisemaker. He has played on over 100 CDs, soundtracks for film and television, sound design for theatre, installations, work designed for radio transmission, and live performances spanning early medieval music to experimental electronica. Ben's tools of choice are electronics, percussion, and, especially, the hurdy gurdy (vielle à roue), a contemporary electro-acoustic string instrument with roots in the European middle ages. Through extended techniques, live-looping and processing, Ben seeks to use it as a physical interface into improvised sound creation, spontaneous composition and the exploration of acoustics, form and extended aesthetics.

Witek Grabowiecki studied piano and accordion from a very early age in his native Poland.  Since immigrating to Canada in the late 1980’s he has been active on the Canadian jazz scene as well as many other diverse musical settings. He is the only piano player to appear on Jeff bird’s many recordings. His sensitive touch and musical prowess are a joy to behold.
For more information and audio preview visit www.felixanima.ca
Jeff Bird at jeffbird@jeffbird.com

The Art of the Piano: Alejandro Vela 

Saturday November 10, 2016 at 8 PM
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Program

"Vela plays with great emotion, sentiment, exceptional technique and elegance [Wandererfantasie Schubert]. The delicacy of Sposalizio [Liszt] is reflected with a sublime interpretation. Liszt’s Petrarch Sonnets and Après une lecture de Dante sounded with great virtuosity and a profound musicality." — Mundo Clásico, Berlin 

Praised for his power to carry an audience away through his ability to create an atmosphere of mystery and sensuous beauty, Alejandro Vela is a pianist of Northern Mexican origin now performing in concert halls worldwide. Recent solo recitals have brought him to prestigious venues in Finland, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, Italy, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Malaysia, Taiwan and Japan. 

Alejandro Vela has performed as soloist with most of the Mexican orchestras including the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, the Filarmónica del Estado de Querétaro, the Orquesta Sinfónica Carlos Chávez, the Camerata de Coahuila and with many American ones, including the Chicago Symphony and the Houston Symphony led by Christoph Eschenbach, as well as orchestras in Israel, Canada, Dominican Republic and the Czech Republic. He has appeared at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Mexico’s National Arts Center and in most of the major cities and concert halls throughout Taiwan. 

Recently, Vela presented concerts at the Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo, Nago City Hall in Okinawa, The Concert Hall in Nagoya, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center, Kaohsiung’s Cultural Center, National Concert Hall in Taipei, Sibelius Academy Concert Hall in Helsinki, Sibelius Museum in Turku, Estonia’s Mederi Hall, George Enescu Hall at the National University of Music in Bucharest, Mihail Jora Concert Hall of Radio Romania, Óbudai Társaskor in Budapest, Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum in Berlin, Kiev ́s House of Teachers, Instituto Italo- Latino Americano of Rome, Canadian Opera Company Piano Virtuoso Series in Toronto, Sala de Festivales Antonio Paoli in San Juan, Mexico City's Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Festival de México, En blanco y negro festival, Coahuila’s Julio Torri International Arts festival and Monterrey’s Alfonsino festival. Other recent highlights include television appearances for NHK TV Japan, Canal 22 México and live webcasts for Canada's Classical 96.3FM, Radio Praga, Radio Romania, Radio Sweden, Ucranian National Radio and Radio Vaticano. 

Born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Alejandro Vela received his first piano lessons from his mother Hortensia Vela Mante, and later from Robert Avalon. He holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky. He recently became a Canadian permanent resident. 

Please visit www.alejandrovela.com for more information. 

The Art of the Cello: 
Noemi Raymond-Friset

Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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Noémie Raymond-Friset

One of the most promising Canadian cellists of her generation, Noemie is a passionate musician, praised for her sensitive and refined playing. In recognition of her artistry, she was just named by CBC Music as one of the « 30 hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30 ». Previously, Ms. Raymond-Friset was awarded the First Prize at the “Grand Prize Virtuoso" of England and debuted at the famous Royal Albert Hall of London in December 2016. She was also one of the top prizewinners at the Edwin H. and Leigh W. Schadt String International Competition, the Stepping Stone Competition and the WAMSO Young Artist Competition. At the Prix d’Europe 2014 and 2017, she was awarded the Beatrice Kennedy- Bourbeau Award (Best Interpretation of a Work) and Guy-Soucie Award (Best Interpretation of a Canadian Work). In addition, Ms. Raymond-Friset has recently been awarded a professional development scholarship by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Principal Cellist as well as artistic Co-Artistic Director of the Eastman Cello Ensemble, Noémie is very active in the music community. She took part in the most recent tours of the Heifetz International Music Institute and is an Artist in Residence this summer, as well as a chamber music coach for the PEG Program. Previously, Ms. Raymond- Friset was invited by the Musical Corporation of Viña del Mar to perform in La Calera (Chile) as part of an introductory program to classical music for young students. In Canada, her appearances include recitals at the Lanaudière International Music Festival, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Les Concerts de la Chapelle and the Orford International Music Festival. In June 2016, she recorded the Prokofiev Sonata for CBC (Radio-Canada) with pianist Lysandre Ménard and was heard soon after on ICI Musique and CBC Radio.

As a soloist, she was invited to perform with the National Arts Center Orchestra, the Agora Symphony Orchestra, the Montérégie Youth Orchestra and the Montreal Conservatory of Music Orchestra with whom she performed a cello arrangement of Sarasate's famous violin piece Zigeunerweisen. She was also invited to play the solo cello part in Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins and Cello with Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Center Orchestra, the maestro himself playing the first violin.

Ms. Raymond-Friset had the chance to work with many internationally renowned cellists like Lynn Harell, Philippe Müller, Ralph Kirshbaum, Garry Hoffman, Johannes Moser, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Richard Aaron, Raphael Wallfish, Andreas Diaz, Paul Katz, Michel Strauss, Colin Carr and Laurence Lesser. In 2014, Noémie performed in a master class led by Yo-Yo Ma at Claude-Champagne Hall in front of an audience of more than 1000 people, a performance that was warmly acclaimed by the public and described as a "beautiful and sensitive performance" - The Scena Musicale.

Comfortable under the spotlight, Noémie acted as Ambassador of the New England Conservatory at the Amsterdam Cello Biennale Festival in 2014 and has served as an Ambassador for the Orford International Academy between 2015 and 2017.

Ms. Raymond-Friset is also an accomplished and experienced educator. Currently Steve Doane’s Teaching Assistant at the Eastman School of Music, she is pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts and has previously earned a Graduate Diploma and Master’s Degree from the New England Conservatory and the University of Montreal, respectively. During her studies at the New England Conservatory, she was awarded one of the coveted Community Performances and Partnerships Program Fellowship, for which she presented recitals throughout the city of Boston and its surrounding areas to promote classical music in the community.

As a laureate of the 2015 Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank, Noémie plays on a Joannes Guillami cello dating from 1769. She also owns a beautiful Jean-Dominique Adam bow from 1835.

Hungarian-American pianist Peter Klimo has been studying piano since the age of nine. A Los Angeles native, he began his piano studies with Vicharini and Rosanna Marzaroli and continued with Dr. Tyler Tom. Peter earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music studying with Dr. Nelita True, his Master’s Degree from the Yale School of Music studying with Peter Frankl, and an Artist Diploma from Texas Christian University with Dr. Tamás Ungár.

On November 2014, Peter won 2nd prize in the 10th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht. During the finals, he performed Liszt’s Concerto No.1 in E flat major with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of James Gaffigan. As a prizewinner of the Liszt Competition, he has embarked on an extensive concert tour, taking him all over the world. As early as the morning after the finals in Utrecht’s TivoliVredenburg, he performed in a packed Spiegelzaal in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, broadcast live on NPO Radio 4.

Highlights in recent years include concerto performances in Seoul, South Korea with Hee-chuhn Choi and the KBS Symphony Orchestra; Los Angeles, California with John Roscigno and the 52nd American Liszt Society Festival Orchestra; Columbus, Georgia with George del Gobbo and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra; and in Budapest, Hungary with Ménesi Gergely and the Liszt Academy Symphony Orchestra.

Also a passionate chamber musician, Peter has toured violinist Tessa Lark in 2017 in the US and Holland, and with the Belenus Quartet in Austria and Holland in 2016. Throughout 2013, he performed Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., at Sprague Hall at the Yale School of Music with all members playing from memory, as well as at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival. He most recently performed the work throughout Holland in 2016 with winners of the International Tromp Percussion Competition. As a lover of art song, he attended the Vancouver International Song Institute in June 2013, won the 2nd place pianist’s prize at the Jessie Kniesel Lieder Competition in 2012, and frequently performs song transcriptions in solo recitals. Peter also served as a faculty member for the 2013 inaugural year of the DBS Summer Music Festival in Hong Kong.

Peter is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music with Alan Chow.

Damask Roses
CD Release & Reception
Kira Braun, vocals
Peter Krochak, piano

Sunday November 18, 2018 at 4:00pm
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Join Kira & Peter as they perform pieces from their upcoming CD, “Damask Roses”, a collection of Art Song by Mozart, Dvořák, and Quilter. A journey from the musings of a young girl’s heart, to rousing Gypsy Songs sung in Czech, and of Elizabethan love letters read through the eyes of the recipient. Their 6th CD together proves to be one of growth and their deep commitment to making music together shines through.

Duos for Violin and Piano
Jean-Luc Therrien, piano,  Jean-Samuel Bez, 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

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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 Bez 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. 

DEC2018

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School
Annual Christmas Spectacular

Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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Hot off their first cross-country tour, Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School celebrates the feeling of home and family with their annual winter-holiday spectacular. Featuring Toronto's hottest emerging artists alongside established pros, this diverse and intergenerational band - fearlessly led by 26-year-old orchestration trailblazer Chelsea McBride - takes you through purple skies and orange clouds and returns you to a roaring fireplace and marshmallow-filled hot chocolate and the feeling of being in the place you are supposed to be in the winter chill, whether that's celebrating the holidays or not.

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School is a Toronto, Canada based 19 piece modern jazz orchestra led by fast-rising, 26 year old orchestration trail-blazer Chelsea McBride. Award-winning veterans like William Carn, Colleen Allen and Brownman Ali stand next to the city’s hottest 20-somethings in this contemporary modern big band. The Socialist Night School’s debut full-length album “The Twilight Fall” has been hailed by critics as “a dazzling set anyone with even an interest in big band should check out” (Chris Spector – Midwest Record), “a progressive jazz epic…a musical experience that delights in many ways” (Memphis Marty Delia – The Jazz Music Blog), and most recently received 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine. Bandleader Chelsea McBride’s compositions are influenced by the lineage of Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue, and the Socialist Night School is a storytelling vehicle for McBride’s evocative writing style.

Hide the Moon and Stars
Bryn Roberts, piano, Lage Lund, guitar
Album Release Concert

Friday December 7, 2018 at 8 pm
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Bryn Roberts and Lage Lund have been playing together for over a decade since meeting in Brooklyn in 2004. The two have performed extensively in New York clubs, toured together in Canada and Japan, and released an album entitled “Nightsong” in 2016. Their latest recording “Hide the Moon and the Stars” will be released in October.

Bryn Roberts is pianist, keyboardist and composer who is in demand in a wide variety of musical contexts. According to Bill Charlap, “Roberts has poise, elegance, a beautiful touch and a natural melodic flow. His musical imagination always tells a story and his delivery is organic and unforced.” He has performed, toured and recorded extensively both as a leader and sideman, and is a mainstay at jazz clubs like Smalls, Mezzrow, The Jazz Gallery, the 55 bar and Dizzy’s. He has toured widely with his own groups including festival, radio and club appearances across the USA, Canada, the UK, Spain and Japan, and also works in the singer- songwriter world, playing with artists like Rosanne Cash and Shawn Colvin. www.bryn-roberts.com

Lage Lund is acclaimed not only as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, but also one of the most compelling jazz artists in the world today. A regular in the “Rising star – Guitar” category in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll, he has been hailed by Pat Metheny as a favorite young guitarist, and is “all music and all soul” according to Russell Malone - one of the judges who awarded Lund top prize in the 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.

The Art of the Piano: Hilario Duran

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 8 pm
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Cuban born Hilario Durán grew up in Havana in a musical family surrounded by a variety of diverse musical influences on a daily basis. He began working as a professional musician in Cuba’s Los Papa Cun-Cun Ensemble and in a variety of musical formats. Later on, in the 70’s, Durán was Chucho Valdés’ chosen successor in Cuba’s most modern big band, Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna.

Hilario Durán toured worldwide and performed with Dizzy Gillespie and Michel Legrand, among many others, as part of Arturo Sandoval’s band where he was pianist/keyboardist, arranger and musical director for 9 years.

Chucho Valdés has acknowledged Hilario Durán as one of the greatest Cuban pianists of the 20th century, calling the Grammy-nominated and multi JUNO-award winner “an unparalleled pianist, composer and arranger of the first order”.

After making his mark in Cuba, Durán continued to hone his skills as a pianist, composer, arranger and musical director of remarkable virtuosity. Since arriving in Canada, Hilario has made a name for himself, he is a multi-Canadian Juno Award winner and nominee; an American Grammy nominee; a multi-Canadian National Jazz Award winner & nominee; and the proud recipient of the 2007 Chico O’Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award, from Latin Jazz USA, for his outstanding contributions to Afro-Cuban Jazz and Latin Jazz.

Cuban-Canadian jazz pianist Hilario Durán is a fixture on the Toronto music scene. Durán immigrated in 1998 to Canada and was named as One of the 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians in 2009; in addition, Hilario has been named Best Artist of the Year 2013 by the Toronto Musicians’ Association and also as 2014 Best Vision Award Winner (Premio a la Trayectoria) for his work as entrepreneur as a director of his musical company, ES MI MUSICA PRODUCTIONS. He is also an educator at Toronto’s Humber College, acting as a piano teacher and ensemble director.

Hilario Durán has been based in Toronto for the past two decades, but his musical heart and soul have remained closely connected to the land of his birth. He has continued to collaborate with Cuban musicians, but he takes this to another level on Contumbao.  Last November, Alma Records’ Peter Cardinali and award-winning engineer John ‘Beetle’ Bailey accompanied Durán to Havana, and the team set up shop in Cuba’s famed EGREM recording studio, the most storied such facility on the island. The cast of musical heavyweights assembled in Havana work their magic on 11 new Durán original compositions. Hilario’s mission is certainly fulfilled here, as Contumbao has an impressive dynamic range of different tempos, tones and moods.

More 2018 Performances coming soon. Email info@gallery345.com for booking info.
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