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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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Parker Quartet

The Parker Quartet formed in 2002. In a relatively short period of time, they have established themselves as an important quartet for their generation.

The Parker Quartet includes Daniel Chong (violin), Ying Xue (violin), Jessica Bodner (viola), and Kee-Hyun Kim (cello). All of them are graduates of the New England Conservatory of Music. From 2006 to 2008, they took part in the Professional String Quartet Training Program of the New England Conservatory. Winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Cleveland Quartet Award, and several other international awards, they have toured across the U.S. and Europe. The Parker Quartet has recorded and released three CDs, including György Ligeti’s complete works for string quartet which won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance.

From 2008 to 2010 the Parker was the Quartet-in-Residence with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. They were also the first Artists-in-Residence with Minnesota Public Radio in 2010. They are currently the Quartet-in-Residence at the University of South Carolina where they coach, teach master classes, give informance programs at local high schools and perform for both the general public. On March 29, 2014, high school students will have the chance to work with the Parker as part of University of South Carolina’s Chamber Music Day and Competition. http://www.sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/music/ensembles/chamber_music/chamber_music_day.php

To read more about the Parker, visit their website at http://www.parkerquartet.com/ and join us on April 10th to hear them live!

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Thomas Adès

Thomas Adès was born in London, England in 1971 and has become an award winning composer, pianist and conductor in 43 short years.

He has composed and performed/conducted numerous orchestral works, operas, and chamber music pieces. As a student, he studied piano, composition, and percussion. He gave his first recital in 1993. He has been the Music Director of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (1998 to 2000) and the Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival (1999 to 2008).

He was the youngest winner of the Grawemeyer Award in 2000 and has won the Royal Philharmonic Prize for Large-Scale Composition three times. As composer and conductor, he recently took home a Grammy in the category of Opera Recording for the production of The Tempest by the Metropolitan Opera.

On April 10th, the Parker Quartet will treat us to a performance of Arcadiana, one of Adès’ string quartets. To learn more about Thomas Adès, check out his website at http://www.thomasades.com

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