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The end of a season!

Tonight we close out our 42nd season with The Parker Quartet and Kikuei Ikeda, violist.

Our 42nd year has been another great season filled with old friends and new faces. Long term MTO performers the Gryphon Trio, the St. Lawrence Quartet, and Marc-André Hamelin all played with their usual brilliance. The Jerusalem Quartet, Arnaldo Cohen, the Miró Quartet, Eve Egoyan, the Alcan Quartet, David Jalbert, and the Arditti Quartet all delighted us with amazing return performances. Cohen, the Miró, and Jalbert also gave delightful master classes for us – fun and informative for the students onstage and the audience attending.

We were able to bring an octet to our stage again for the first time in several years and enjoyed some pieces that we don’t often hear live with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. Our vocal recital for the season brought us Phillip Addis and his lovely baritone voice. And previously seen as a accompanist on our stage, pianist Stephanie Chua gave us a fabulous contemporary classics concert! Making his Toronto and MTO debut, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor charmed us on stage with his talent and off stage with his grace and intelligence at a chat with some students. Also debuting on our stage was violinist (and new father) Alexandre Da Costa. Accompanied by Wonny Song, as a last minute replacement, Da Costa gave us a stunning performance.

Tonight we shall enjoy the Parker Quartet and Kikuei Ikeda. Tomorrow brings our last master class for the season with Ikeda. We look forward to bringing you more great music again in the fall. Join us for our 43rd season!

Thursday, October 9, 2014 – St. Petersburg Quartet
Thursday, October 23, 2014 – Belcea Quartet
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – Janina Fialkowska
Thursday, November 20, 2014 – Daedalus Quartet
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 – Simon Trpceski
Thursday, December 11, 2014 – Trio D’Argento with Barbara Croall
Thursday, January 8, 2015 – Juilliard Quartet
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 – Barbara Pritchard
Thursday, January 29, 2015 – St. Lawrence String Quartet
Thursday, February 12, 2015 – Bertoli-Marleyn Duo
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 – Denes Varjon
Thursday, February 26, 2015 – Gryphon Trio
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 – Till Fellner
Thursday, March 19, 2015 – Elias Quartet
Thursday, March 26, 2015 – Elliot Madore
Thursday, April 16, 2015 – Lafayette Quartet

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Brian Ferneyhough

Brian Ferneyhough was born in Coventry in January of 1943. He now lives in California, having moved there in 1987.

He studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in London in his twenties. After receiving the Mendelssohn Scholarship in 1968, he moved to Amsterdam to continue his studies. He eventually made his way to California and became Professor of Music at the University of California in San Diego. He is currently William H. Bonsall Professor (Composition) at Stanford University, a position he has held since 2000. His teaching has also extended to several guest professorships at other universities over the years.

Many consider him a key player in the New Complexity movement. I found this article from 2012 by Tom Service an interesting read and explanation about complexity in music http://www.theguardian.com/music/tomserviceblog/2012/sep/10/contemporary-music-guide-brian-ferneyhough On March 20th, we will hear the Arditti Quartet perform Dum transisset I–IV for string quartet (2007). This is one of the few string quartets by Ferneyhough.

To read more about Brian Ferneyhough, visit http://www.edition-peters.com/composer/Ferneyhough-Brian
was born in Coventry in January of 1943. He now lives in California, having moved there in 1987.

He studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in London in his twenties. After receiving the Mendelssohn Scholarship in 1968, he moved to Amsterdam to continue his studies. He eventually made his way to California and became Professor of Music at the University of California in San Diego. He is currently William H. Bonsall Professor (Composition) at Stanford University, a position he has held since 2000. His teaching has also extended to several guest professorships at other universities over the years.

Many consider him a key player in the New Complexity movement. I found this article from 2012 by Tom Service an interesting read and explanation about complexity in music http://www.theguardian.com/music/tomserviceblog/2012/sep/10/contemporary-music-guide-brian-ferneyhough On March 20th, we will hear the Arditti Quartet perform Dum transisset I–IV for string quartet (2007). This is one of the few string quartets by Ferneyhough.

To read more about Brian Ferneyhough, visit http://www.edition-peters.com/composer/Ferneyhough-Brian

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Arditti Quartet

We first heard the Arditti Quartet in 1992 on our stage. March 20th will mark their 6th concert for our audience. A co-production with New Music Concerts, the evening will also feature a pre-concert lobby chat and our own Jeffrey Ryan chatting from the stage between pieces. The evening will include:
String Quartet No. 5 (1995) by Elliot Carter; Quartet No. 2, Cuerdas del Destino (2008) by Hilda Paredes; Dum Transisset I-IV (2006-07) by Brian Ferneyhough; Grido (2000-01) by Helmut Lachenmann.

The Arditti was founded in 1974 by Irvine Arditti (violin) while he was studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Current members include Ashot Sarkissjan (violin), Ralf Ehlers (viola), and Lucas Fels (cello). A force of nature in the contemporary music world, the quartet tours, teaches, and records. There are over 190 CDs recorded by the Arditti as a quartet!

Commissions also feature prominently in the life of the Arditti. Over the years numerous new works have been written for the quartet. The Arditti collaborates closely with composers on their commissions. The list of world premieres by composers is long – Ades, Birtwistle, Britten, Cage, Carter, Denisov, Fedele, Ferneyhough, Kagel, Kurtag, Lachenmann, Manoury, Nancarrow, Scelsi, Sciarrino, Stockhausen – to name just a few.

To learn more about the Arditti, visit their website at http://www.ownvoice.com/ardittiquartet/

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Elliott Cook Carter, Jr.

Born in 1908, Elliott Carter composed up until his death in 2012, at the age of 103! In fact, he composed 60 pieces from the age of 90 to 103. He attended birthday celebrations and premieres of his pieces until close to his passing. Two of his final compositions had their premieres after his death. He obviously loved what he did as he never stopped!

Carter is a Pulitzer prize winning American composer. He was born in Manhattan, destined to take over the family business of his father, a wealthy lace importer. But Carter’s interest was in music and he pursued music along with a degree in English at Harvard. After completing his Masters at Harvard, he studied in Paris for three years with Nadia Boulanger and at the École Normale de Musique. He returned to New York in 1935 with a doctorate in music (Mus.D.).

He married Helen Frost-Jones in 1939 and they bought a place in Greenwich Village in 1945. They lived there together until her passing in 2003 and he continued to live there until his death in 2012. He spent many years teaching in a number of prestigious schools including Yale and Juilliard. In 1960, he received his first Pulitzer Prize for his Second String Quartet. His Third String Quartet gained him a second Pulitzer in 1973.

We will hear his String Quartet No. 5 performed by the Arditti Quartet at our March 20th concert, a piece they commissioned in 1995. A concert not to be missed!

To find out more about Elliott Carter, you can visit http://elliottcarter.com/index.html

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