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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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Miró Quartet

In a couple of weeks, the Miró Quartet will perform on our stage for the third time. They performed for us in 2001 and 2005. This time we will be treated to an all Schubert evening.

The Miró was formed in 1995 and as is true for so many of our quartet performers, they were award winning fairly quickly. 1996 saw them awarded first prize in the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, and first and grand prize at Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

They have had an extensive performance schedule, touring world wide over the years. In addition to performances as a quartet, they have collaborated with several artists and orchestras on a variety of projects. Coming up in December, the Miró with the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra will premiere a new piece for string quartet and chamber orchestra by Kevin Puts. http://texasperformingarts.org/season/ut-symphony-orchestra-miro-quartet-austin

The Miró Quartet is the Faculty String Quartet-in-Residence at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. There each of the members (Daniel Ching and William Fedkenheuer – violinists, John Largess – violist, and Joshua Gindele – cellist) mentor and teach with the Young Professional String Quartet Program http://www.music.utexas.edu/resquartet/ as well as teaching private lessons and coaching ensembles.

We look forward to hearing this very talented and busy quartet again on November 21st http://www.music-toronto.com/quartets/miro_quartet.htm and to seeing their Master Class on November 22nd http://www.music-toronto.com/outreach.htm. Join us!

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