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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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Linda C. Smith and Michael Finnissy

As mentioned in a previous post, our first Contemporary Classics concert of the season takes place on Tuesday, November 26th.  Eve Egoyan will play several pieces including The Underfolding by Linda C. Smith, and Folklore 2 by Michael Finnissy.

The Underfolding by Linda C. Smith is a 2001 piece for Stephen Clarke, through a Canada Council commission.  Linda was born in New York City in 1957.  She currently lives in Toronto, having moved here in 1981.  She studied both in New York and at the University of Victoria in BC.  From 1988 to 1993, she was the Artistic Director of Arraymusic.  Currently she is a member of URGE, a performance collective whose mandate is “to co-create original musically-driven performance works, which use the variety of skills, techniques and sound worlds of the members of the ensemble” http://www.vex.net/~rixax/Urge/index.html     To read more about Linda C. Smith’s works, you can visit her website at http://www.catlinsmith.com

From Michael Finnissy, we have the work Folklore 2 from 1993/94.  Born in London in March of 1946, Michael started to play the piano around the age of 4 and a half.  Without very much formal music teaching, he was awarded a Foundation Scholarship, allowing him to study at the Royal College of Music. Later he was able to travel to Italy and study with Roman Vlad on an RMC Octavia Travelling Scholarship.  Additional money for his studies came from playing piano for dance classes.  This led to an association with the London School of Contemporary Dance, where he founded their music department.  Currently he is the Chair of Composition at the University of Southampton.  To read more about Michael Finnissy, visit his website at http://www.michaelfinnissy.info/

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Eve Egoyan

Eve Egoyan will grace our stage on Thursday November 26th for the third time, previously performing for us in 2000 and 2008. Eve will be performing works by James Tenney, Piers Hellawell, Linda C. Smith, and Michael Finnissy.

She grew up in Victoria, BC and studied at the University of Victoria, Hochschule der Künste in West Berlin, the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, and finished her formal studies with an M.Mus. at the University of Toronto.

Well respected by composers, Eve is the recipient of several awards and commissions. She has spent much of the past 20 years working with new music and has performed in Canada, Europe, the U.S., and Japan. Her 9 CDs have received great reviews and three of them have ended up on Top Ten lists, including “thethingsinbetween” (1999), which was chosen by the Globe and Mail as a top ten of any genre.

She is currently working on composing her own piece with a Chalmers Arts Fellowship – sure to be a success from such a talented musician. To read more about Eve, visit her website at http://www.eveegoyan.com

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A bit about Piers Hellawell

On November 26th, we will have our first Contemporary Classics concert of the season. Eve Egoyan will play pieces by James Tenney, Piers Hellawell, Linda C. Smith, and Michael Finnissy.

The piece by Piers Hellawell is called Piani, Latebre. A lover of languages, in his title he has combined a variation of the Italian word piano, meaning layers, with the word latebra, meaning hiding place.

Piers Hellawell was born in 1956 in England. He is the Professor of Composition at Queen’s University of Belfast. His professional association there started at the age of 24 as the composer-in-residence. He composes both chamber and orchestral pieces and has been commissioned for a wide variety of work over the years. His pieces have been performed world wide.

Outside of composing and teaching, he plays the saxophone and does photography. To read more about Piers Hellawell, see portions of his scores, or hear clips of his music, visit his website at http://www.piershellawell.com

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