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On February 19th, collectif9 (pronounced co-lec-teef neuf) launched their debut album, Volksmobiles. And they will bring their Volksmobiles show tour to our stage on March 10, 2016!

Collectif9 is a nine piece string ensemble – 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, and a bass. After meeting to play a piece for two string quartets and a bass, the idea of forming a chamber ensemble developed. Collectif9 was officially founded in 2011.

Infusing a rock-style attitude into their work, the ensemble brings classical music to a younger pop audience. They generally perform single movements of classical pieces with arrangements often done by Thibault Bertin-Maghit, the bass player.

But as their website says:

“Don’t take it wrong; Collectif9 is not just a bunch of good friends wanting to have some fun with their fiddles. And the music they are performing is not some easy listening rearrangements of best-sellers classic but real Piazzolla, Schnittke and Shostakovich.”

Their members have formal music training and many of them have a Masters or a Doctorate in a music field. What you have are very talented classical musicians coming together to present classical music in a slightly new way.

Their program for the evening will include Romanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók, Divertimento (3rd movement) by Béla Bartók, Rondo alla zingarese by Johannes Brahms, Muertes del Angel by Osvaldo Golijov, Trauermusik by Paul Hindemith, Volksmobiles by Geof Holbrook, Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez, Verano by Astor Piazzolla, Dance of the Knights by Sergei Prokofiev, and more!

To discover more about collectif9, visit their website at


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Steven Osborne

We start the month of March with a piano concert! Steven Osborne returns to our stage on March 1, 2016. He made his Toronto debut with us in 2007. Born in Scotland in 1971, Osborne studied at St. Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

In 1998, he released his first recording with Hyperion. He was signed shortly after winning first prize in the 1997 Naumburg International Competition in New York City. Since then he has recorded exclusively with them, releasing 22 recordings to date.

His career has taken him all over the world to perform with major orchestras and in recitals. Osborne performs frequently with major orchestras in the UK and has performed at the Proms a dozen times. He is the recipient of several awards including The Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year in 2013 and two Gramophone Awards.  You can find out more about Steven Osborne on his website

On March 1, 2016, we will be treated to Osborne performing Schubert (Impromptus D. 935, Nos. 1 & 4), Debussy (Masques; Images, Book 2; L’ile joyeuse) and Rachmaninoff (Etudes tableaux – various selections from Op. 33 and Op. 39). Join us!

Steven Osborne’s performances up and down the country have confirmed his pre-eminence among British pianists. His un-showy brilliance, integrity, and very wide repertoire have long marked him out, but what now emerges most strongly is the unique magic of his sound combined with a profound musical intelligenceRPS Instrumentalist of the Year May 2013

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SLSQ at MTO 2016

It is almost that time of our season. Time for the St. Lawrence Quartet to come and perform on our stage! This year we meet the newest member of the quartet, violinist Owen Dalby. He joins Geoff Nuttall (violin), Lesley Robertson (viola) and Christopher Costanza (cello).

Dalby studied early on at the Crowden School in Berkley and then obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale. He also spent 3 years at The Academy, a fellowship of Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School. In addition to performing over the years, Dalby has taught music and given masterclasses. He is a founding member of Decoda, a chamber ensemble based in New York and performing world wide. To read more about what Decoda is doing, visit their website at   As part of the St. Lawrence Quartet, he now lives in the San Francisco bay area and is an artist-in-residence at Stanford.

To read more about the quartet or the individual members, visit this link on their website.

To hear them live in Toronto, join us on Thursday February 18, 2016!



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Samuel Adams

A year ago the St. Lawrence String Quartet played a new John Adams piece for us.  This year we will hear a piece from his son.  Samuel Adams was born in 1985. He was born and raised in San Francisco, attended Stanford University, and then went on to obtain a masters in composition from Yale.

Currently Samuel Adams is a Mead composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He, along with Elizabeth Ogonek, started a three year residency with the 2015-2016 season. Together they will curate the CSOs MusicNOW series and receive commissions to be performed by the CSO.

If reading scores appeals to you, on his website you can get a preview of several of his scores (including the one we will hear in a couple of weeks). Just follow this link and then click on the work of interest and you will see more information about the piece and if available the score preview link come up.  And of course if you visit his website, you can find out more about Samuel Adams in general!

On February 18, 2016, we will be treated to Adam’s String Quartet in 5 Movements (2013), a piece he wrote for the St. Lawrence Quartet and which they premiered at the Spoleto Festival USA in 2013.  Join us!

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