The Brentano Quartet, joined by acclaimed American soprano Dawn Upshaw, will perform on our stage on January 11, 2018.
The Brentano was formed in 1992 at Juilliard by Mark Steinberg (violin), Serena Canin (violin), Misha Amory (viola), and Michael Kannen (cello). Cellist Nina Lee joined in mid 1998, when Kannen left to care for his family. Award winning from early on, the Brentano has performed world-wide and released several CDs, including recordings of all of Beethoven’s late quartets. From 1999 to 2014, they were the Ensemble-in-Residence at Princeton University, the first to hold that position. In 2014, they succeeded the Tokyo String Quartet as Resident String Quartet at the Yale School of Music.
For the movie lovers out there, the Brentano played the quartet music for the film A Late Quartet and Lee has a cameo at the end of the film.
To learn more about the Brentano Quartet, visit their website at http://brentanoquartet.com/about/
With over 50 recordings, soprano Dawn Upshaw is a 5 time Grammy award winner. Born in Nashville in 1960, she is a familiar and respected name in the classical music world. In addition to the numerous opera roles she has performed over the years, she also dedicates time to performing chamber music and solo recitals. Teaching young performers is also important to her. She holds the positions of Artistic Director of the Vocal Arts Program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and the Head of the Vocal Arts Program at the Tanglewood Music Center. She regularly teaches master classes and workshop while on tour. She will give a master class while she is here in Toronto next week (http://music-toronto.com/outreach.htm).
The article is from a few years back but it gives some great insight into Dawn Upshaw as a person and performer. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2008/mar/16/classicalmusicandopera.review
Join us on January 11th to hear the combined amazing talents of the Brentano Quartet and soprano Dawn Upshaw! http://music-toronto.com/index.html
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 bring pianist Philip Chiu to our stage. While Chiu has performed in Toronto many times, this will be his Toronto solo recital debut. The evening will include Ravel – Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite), John Burge – Studies in Poetry No. 4: Loop (2009), Rachmaninoff – Preludes (Five Selections from Op. 23, Op. 32), Schubert/Liszt – Fantasy in C Major, “Der Wanderer”, D. 760, and Liszt – Legends, S.175.
Current residing in Montreal, Chiu was born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto and London, ON. In Montreal, he can be found working at McGill University as an accompanist and coach, at the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal as an invited professor and accompanist, and at l’Universite de Montreal as an accompanist.
He frequently tours as an accompanist for competitions, and does a lot of chamber music and collaborative playing. In 2015, he was the inaugural recipient of the Prix Goyer (Extreme Emerging Artist Award). The $125,000 prize is one of the largest in the world for a collaborative emerging artist.
This recent Q&A in WholeNote magazine will give you some insight into Chiu
You can find out more about him on his own website www.philipchiu.ca and here him live at our concert on November 28th! http://music-toronto.com/piano/Chiu.html
After a cancellation by another quartet, we were fortunate enough to secure the Carducci Quartet with fairly short notice to perform on November 16, 2017. This will be their Toronto debut. The performance will include Beethoven – Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op.95, Serioso; Shostakovich – Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83; and Debussy – Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10.
2017 marks the 20th anniversary for Britain’s brilliant Anglo-Irish quartet. The Carducci Quartet members are Matthew Denton (violin), Michelle Fleming (violin), Eoin Schmidt-Martin (viola), and Emma Denton (cello). Award winning in several areas, they received the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Chamber Music Award for their Shostakovich15 project, in which they commemorated 40 years since the composer’s death by performing all of Shostakovich’s string quartets in 2015. Check out their blog about the project http://shostakovich15.blogspot.ca/
As you would expect, they perform around the globe and record. They actually have their own recording label, Carducci Classics. Sharing their knowledge is also important to the quartet. They set up the Carducci Music Trust in 2009 to help fund their work with schools and at their annual Festival at Highnam.
You can read more about the Carducci Quartet and all of their endeavours on their website http://www.carducciquartet.com/ and hear them live in Toronto on November 16, 2017. http://music-toronto.com/index.html
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 will be opening night for our 2017-2018 piano series and we are bringing back Benjamin Grosvenor for his third visit to us since 2014.
For a bit of background on him, check out our initial blog about him, https://mtochambermusic.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/benjamin-grosvenor/, or visit his website at https://www.benjamingrosvenor.co.uk/
The young pianist continues to delight and impress audiences around the world. Grosvenor continues to tour and play both with orchestras and in recital. He made his LA debut in May of 2017 receiving this great review – http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-benjamin-grosvenor-review-20170501-story.html
Since he was here last, he has released another album on the Decca Classics label. Homages was released in 2016, making it the fourth CD he has released since signing on in 2011 as their youngest British artist.
His program for our Toronto concert is:
Mozart Sonata in B-flat Major, K.333, “Linz”
Brahms Four Pieces, Op. 119
Brett Dean Hommage à Brahms (played as interludes between the Brahms pieces above)
Debussy L’après midi d’un faune (arr. Leonard Borwick/George Copeland)
Berg Sonata, Op. 1
Ravel Gaspard de la nuit
If you haven’t heard him live yet, you will want to join us on November 7th!
On Thursday, October 19, 2017, Quatuor Mosaïques will open our 46th season!
This Austrian Quartet was formed in 1987 and celebrates their 30th anniversary this year. With a focus on 18th century music, they play on historical instruments. They are the foremost European quartet playing on period instruments.
The quartet players and their instruments are: Erich Höbarth (violin, J. Guarnerius filius Andreae, Cremona 1705), Andrea Bischof (violin, 18th century French), Anita Mitterer (viola, Girolamo Devirchis, Brescia 1588), Christophe Coin (cello, C..A. Testore, Milano 1758). The quartet members met while playing with Concentus Musicus Wien, the first professional Baroque orchestra formed by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Quatuor Mosaïques tours the world and records. We are thrilled that everything has at long last aligned and we are able to present their Toronto debut! Join us on October 29th for some Mozart and Haydn string quartets.
Check out more about Quatuor Mosaïques here – www.kirshbaumassociates.com/artist.php?id=qm
Once again we have the great pleasure of presenting Marc-André Hamelin on our stage! He will join us on Thursday, March 23rd for an evening of sonatas including the great Beethoven “Appassionata” and Chopin’s Sonata No 2 in B-flat minor, Op 35.
The entire evening looks like this:
Haydn – Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI: 48
Samuel Feinberg – Sonata No 2 in A minor, Op 2
Samuel Feinberg – Sonata No 1 in A major, Op 1
Beethoven – Sonata in F minor, Op 57, “Appassionata”
Scriabin – Sonata No 7, Op 64, “White Mass”
Chopin – Sonata No 2 in B-flat minor, Op 35
With a busy performance schedule and over 70 recordings already released, somehow Hamelin still finds time to record even more with Hyperion! In June 2015, he was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame, recognizing this amazing work. Since he was last on our stage in 2015, Hyperion released a recording of the Franck Piano Quintet in F Minor with Hamelin and the Takacs Quartet (May 2016). And you can pre-order Hamelin’s next album on iTunes which will include Medtner’s Piano Concerto 2 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto 3 https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/medtner-rachmaninoff-piano/id1184264860?app=iTunes
To learn more about Marc-André Hamelin, visit his website at http://www.marcandrehamelin.com/index.php, or search our blog site for previous posts!
March 16, 2017 will be the 8th concert that the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin has played for us over the years. Daniel Stabrawa (violin), Christian Stadelmann (violin), and Neithard Resa (viola) are all original members of the 32 year old quartet. Dietmar Schwalke (cello) joined them in 2009 after the sudden passing of Jan Diesselhorst.
All four members of the quartet are part of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Daniel is the 1st Concertmaster and occasionally conducts the orchestra. Christian is the Leader of the 2nd Violins. Of the four, Neithard is the longest-serving member of the orchestra, originally becoming a member in 1978. He served as Principal Violist until 2010. Joining the orchestra in 1994, Dietmar is the ‘newest’ of the four. In addition to the Quartet, he is involved in a number of chamber groups associated with the orchestra such as the 12 Cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic Capriccio.
Somehow with all of the demands on their schedules for performances and teaching, they have still managed to release a number of recordings over the years. Their most recent ones are from 2014 (Beethoven) and 2015 (Brahms).
Join us on March 16th to hear Haydn’s Quartet in G major, Op. 64, No. 4, Beethoven’s Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6 and Schumann’s Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1. http://www.music-toronto.com/quartets/berlin.htm
The quartet was originally formed in 1972. The current quartet members are Jana Vonášková (violin), Vlastimil Holek, (violin), Josef Kluson, (viola), Michal Kanka, (cello). The quartet was formed by its original members when they were still students at the Prague Conservatory. Kluson is the only remaining founding member.
The most recent addition to the quartet is violinist Jana Vonášková, previously a member of the Smetana Piano Trio. Born in 1979 in the Czech Republic, she studied at the Prague Conservatory, gaining a scholarship to continue her studies at the Royal College of Music in London. After graduating in 2005, she returned to Prague to study at the Academy of Performing Arts.
The quartet has released over 60 recordings in the past 40 plus years including 30 award-winning ones with Praga/Harmonia Mundi.
Read more about the quartet on their website – http://prazakquartet.com/en/
Join us on March 2nd to hear the Prazak Quartet play Haydn, Bruckner, and Dvorak. http://music-toronto.com/quartets/prazak.htm
The Eybler Quartet performed for us a couple of years ago at one of our outreach events. We are excited to have them on our main stage this season. Formed in 2004, the quartet currently includes Aisslinn Nosky (violin), Julia Wedman (violin), Patrick G. Jordan (viola), and Margaret Gay (cello).
Their primary focus is on works of the first century of the string quartet and they like to bring attention to lesser known early composers. They are named for one such composer – Joseph Leopold Edler von Eybler. Eybler was a contemporary of Mozart.
The quartet perform period music on instruments appropriate to the time period. Nosky, Wedman, and Jordan are all part of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
You can read more about the individual performers on their website – http://eyblerquartet.com/
Join us on Thursday February 16th and hear the Eybler Quartet perform live in Toronto. They will play pieces by Vanhal, Haydn, Asplmayr, and Beethoven http://music-toronto.com/quartets/eybler.htm
Ilya Poletaev is no stranger to Toronto. He has performed on our stage in the past and has played with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
At the age of six, he started studying in Moscow. He moved to Israel and eventually came to Canada when he was 14. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and then went on to complete his Masters and Doctorate at Yale. He is an accomplished and award-winning pianist and harpsichordist.
He was part of the faculty at Yale between 2005 and 2010 as a lecturer in Early Music. In 2011, he became the Assistant Professor of Piano at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montréal, a position he still holds today.
Join us on February 7, 2017 when Ilya Poletaev takes to our stage to play Bach, Enescu, and Schumann. http://music-toronto.com/piano/poletaev.htm