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Marc-André Hamelin

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”
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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!

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Samuel Feinberg

March 23, 2017 brings Marc-André Hamelin to our stage once again.  He will be playing a selection of piano sonatas including works by Beethoven, Haydn, Scriabin, and Chopin.  The evening will also include two sonatas by Samuel Feinberg.

Feinberg was a Russian composer and pianist.  Born in 1890, he was raised in Moscow and studied at the Moscow Conservatory.  He graduated in 1911 and started performing as a solo pianist.  However, WWI was soon upon us and he was sent to fight for Russia.  He became ill, was discharged, and spent a long period of time recovering in Moscow.

He became a faculty member at the Moscow Conservatory in 1922.  With his piano career revived, he performed in Russia and toured parts of Europe in the 1920s.  However, by the 1930s, under Stalin’s rule, Feinberg, a Jew, was no longer allowed to leave the country with the exception of two brief trips (1936 and 1938) to be a competition jury member.  This time period also meant a return to a more conservative composition style for Feinberg.  He felt it unwise to publish some of his progressive works written in the 1920s.  For example, his Seventh Sonata was written in 1924/25 but not in print until the 1970s.

In 1951, he became ill and by 1956 he had stopped performing in public.  He continued to compose and to play up until his death and made a number of recordings, especially when he could no longer perform in public.  Feinberg was a respected member of the faculty at the Moscow Conservatory until his death in 1962 at the age of 72.

Marc-André Hamelin will perform Feinberg’s Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 2 and Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 1 at his Toronto recital on March 23rdhttp://music-toronto.com/piano/Hamelin.htm

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Marc-André Hamelin

Marc-André Hamelin is a name that many of our patrons are familiar with as he has performed on our stage many times and is one of world’s top pianists. Hamelin was born in Montreal in the fall of 1961. Hamelin started playing the piano at the age of 5. His father was a pharmacist and amateur pianist who introduced his son to the music of several lesser known composers early in life. Hamelin obtained his M MUS in 1985 from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Hamelin maintains a busy schedule combining performing and recording. Always in demand for performances, he travels all over the world to play recitals and to perform with orchestras. In the coming months alone he will be in Russia, Italy, the Netherlands, the US, Germany, and Switzerland. His list of CD recordings has also grown with 4 more CDs being released since he last played for us in 2014.

I recently found an interview online with Hamelin done back in 2009. It requires a bit of time but it is an interesting read! http://dothemath.typepad.com/dtm/interview-with-marcandr%C3%A9-hamelin.html

Join us on January 5, 2016 to hear Hamelin play Mozart, Liszt, and Schubert! http://music-toronto.com/index.html

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Our 2015-2016 season!

We announced our 2015-2016 season at the end of February but perhaps you haven’t had a chance to look at it yet.  Here’s a brief overview of what we have coming up for our 44th season!

Our season opens on October 13th with talented British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor.  He had his Toronto debut on our series in 2013.  He was a sensation then and his talent and reputation continue to grow with every recording and concert he gives.

Our first string quartet of the season will be the Cuarteto Casals on October 22, 2015. Making their Toronto debut, this world-class Spanish quartet is sure to delight.

The Cecilia Quartet did a mini residency with us from 2006 to 2009 and they are back again on November 5, 2015 as part of our main quartet series.

Join us on November 10, 2015 when pianist Peter Jablonski makes his Toronto debut on our stage!

Another Toronto debut in our quartet series – Apollon Musagete Quartett! This young Polish quartet joins us on November 26, 2015.

We end off 2015 with the Gryphon Trio on our stage on December 10, 2015.

The new year brings the return of a familiar face to our stage. Marc-Andre Hamelin performs for us again on January 5, 2016.

January 14, 2016 brings our first Contemporary Classics concert with the JACK Quartet, co-produced with New Music Concerts.

First up in our Discovery Series is soprano Andriana Chuchman. Last January she stepped in at the Met Opera and has being going no where but up since! She performs for us on January 21, 2016.

The Annex Quartet is a rising Toronto quartet who comes to our stage on February 4, 2016. If you haven’t heard them before, you can get a sneak peak (or listen) when they perform on May 7, 2014 at Northern District Library for us. Click here for more details http://www.music-toronto.com/outreach.htm

The St. Lawrence Quartet has had another change in personnel and we will hear them on February 18, 2016. Always a great combination of talent and charisma, it’s a pleasure to have them in our season.

Returning to our stage on March 1, 2016 is pianist Steven Osborne. He debuted on our series in 2007 but it has been a while since we have had the pleasure of his playing on our stage!

March 10, 2016 brings us something a little different – a nonet. Montreal based collectif9 (pronounce collectif neuf) performs classical music often with original arrangements as part of our Discovery series.

Rounding out March with some strings so that we have one performance from each of our series is Quatuor Ebene on March 17, 2016.

Duo Turgeon brings their piano duo proficiency to our stage on April 5, 2016.

And we close our season on April 14, 2016 with one more Toronto debut – the Artemis Quartet!

For more details on the individual concerts, please visit our website.
http://www.music-toronto.com/index.html

Tu. Oct 13 Benjamin Grosvenor, pianist
Th. Oct. 22 Cuarteto Casals
Th. Nov 5 Cecilia Quartet
Tu. Nov. 10 Peter Jablonski, pianist
Th. Nov 26 Apollon Musagète Quartett
Th. Dec. 10 Gryphon Trio
Tu. Jan. 5 Marc-André Hamelin, pianist
Th. Jan. 14 JACK Quartet
Th. Jan. 21 Andriana Chuchman, soprano with Craig Terry, pianist
Th. Feb. 4 Annex Quartet
Th. Feb. 18 St. Lawrence Quartet
Tu. Mar. 1 Steven Osborne, pianist
Th. Mar. 10 collectif9
Th. Mar. 17Quatuor Ebène
Tu. Apr. 5 Duo Turgeon, pianists
Th. Apr. 14 Artemis Quartet

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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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Marc-André Hamelin

No stranger to our stage, Marc-André Hamelin will be back on Tuesday, January 21st! He first performed for Music Toronto during our 1986/87 season and has played a total of 8 concerts for our patrons.

He is known for his brilliance in playing the standard classical repertoire as well as being a champion of works by amazing but not as well-known composers. We will have a chance to hear both in the upcoming concert as he will play a piece by Nikolai Medtner (Sonata in E Minor, Op. 25, No. 2, Night Wind) and a piece by Schubert (4 Impromptus, D935). Hamelin also composes and this season we will again be treated to one of his own pieces – Barcarolle (2012). It is sure to be an amazing evening!

Hamelin is French Canadian, born in Montreal, where he initially studied. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec (National Order of Quebec). He currently lives in Boston and has toured and played world-wide. His distinguished award-winning career has included many solo recitals along with being a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Montréal Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the London Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony to name a few. He has recorded over 50 CDs with Hyperion Records, including his Alkan Concerto for Solo Piano which won the 2008 Juno for Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble.

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Nikolai Medtner

Nikolai Medtner was a Russian composer and pianist. Based on the Gregorian calendar, his birthday is listed as January 5, 1880. When he was born in Moscow, the Julien calendar was still in use and his birthday fell on December 24, 1879. Either way we look at it I guess he was a holiday baby. He passed away in November of 1951.

Taking piano lessons from family members at a young age, he started at the Moscow Conservatory at the age of 10 and graduated at the age of 20. Originally looking at becoming a professional pianist, he was drawn as well to composing and made that his focus. All of his published work includes the piano. His friend and contemporary, Sergei Rachmaninoff, was a big fan of Medtner’s work. Rachmaninoff arranged a US/Canada tour for Medtner in 1924. Medtner wasn’t enthralled with the commercial side of touring and eventually settled in London, England to teach, play, and compose.

Marc-André Hamelin has helped increase the popularity of Nikolai Medtner with his well received recordings of Medtner’s piano sonatas. Later in January we will have the pleasure of hearing Hamelin perform the Sonata in E Minor, Op. 25, No. 2, Night Wind on our stage, known as one of Medtner’s more difficult pieces.

On the other side of Medtner’s work are his 38 Skazki or Fairy Tales as they are called in English. Skazki means tale or legend and the inspiration for them is the Russian tradition of telling folk tales. Medtner is a musical storyteller. We will also get to experience this side of Medtner’s work this season when pianist Benjamin Grosvenor joins us in February and performs a couple of the Fairy Tales.

To learn more about Nikolai Medtner, visit http://www.medtner.org.uk.

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