Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Juilliard Quartet

At 68 years young, the Juilliard Quartet (JSQ) is legendary. Originally formed with Robert Mann and Robert Koff, violist Raphael Hillyer, and cellist Arthur Winograd, the JSQ has had many successes over the years as a quartet and as individuals. The current incarnation is no different. The quartet’s current members include Joseph Lin (violin), Ronald Copes (violin), Joel Krosnick (cello), and Roger Tapping (viola).

As taken from their website, http://www.juilliardquartet.org, their aim is to “play new works as if they were established masterpieces and established masterpieces as if they were new.” They achieve this both in their live performances and in their recordings. 2011 saw them awarded the NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award for the quartets contributions to recorded classical music.

In addition to their brilliant performances, the quartet members have maintained a strong devotion to teaching over the years. The resident string quartet of the Juilliard School, each member of the quartet is on the faculty. Along with the Juilliard School, the JSQ presents a 5-day seminar each May. Here students experience private coaching with members of the quartet and participate in a public performance. Applications are currently being accepted for the May 2015 seminar http://www.juilliard.edu/youth-adult-programs/summer-programs/juilliard-string-quartet-seminar?destination=node/13617. While on tour, the JSQ frequently perform master classes. They will be presenting one for us in Toronto on Friday January 9th. All are welcome to attend, free of charge – http://music-toronto.com/outreach.htm.

Join us on Thursday January 8th and experience the JSQ live! The concert will feature pieces by Webern, Shulamit Ran, and Beethoven.

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John Adams

The new year will bring us a new composition from John Adams. The St. Lawrence Quartet has commissioned a piece from Adams and we will hear it at our concert on January 29th.

Born in New England, his initial music training came from his family. Learning clarinet from his dad, he performed in marching bands and local orchestras. He started composing at the age of 10 and had some of his works performed when he was a teenager. Adams attended Harvard and then moved to California in 1971. He taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and was composer-in-residence of the San Francisco Symphony. He continues to live in the San Francisco Bay area.

We look forward to hearing Adams latest piece with the SLSQ at the end of January!

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Trio d’Argento

Trio d’Argento joins us on stage on December 11, 2014. The trio consists of Anna Ronai (piano), Sibylle Marquardt (flute), and Peter Stoll (clarinet). Established soloist and orchestra artists individually, together they also perform concerts across Ontario as Trio d’Argento.

Austrian pianist, Anna came to Canada in 2009 and is a vocal coach and accompanist with Wilfrid Laurier University. She performs at orchestral concerts and recitals across Ontario. Graduating from the Music University of the Arts Vienna, she has a Masters in Piano Performance and a Masters in Collaborative Piano.

Hailing from Germany originally, Sibylle toured with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Munich. She moved to Canada in 1997 and joined the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music in 1998, where she teaches flute.

Peter is also affiliated with the Royal Conservatory of Music as a member of the National College of Examiners. He teaches The Business of Music along with clarinet, chamber music and woodwind performance with the Faculty of Music at U of T. He also participates as an adjudicator with various music festivals in Canada.

To find out more about Trio d’Argento, visit their website at http://www.triodargento.ca/index.html. You can hear them live as part of Music Toronto’s Discover Series on Thursday, December 11th at 8pm at The St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. http://www.music-toronto.com/discovery/Trio_Dargento.htm

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