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Bridge Between the Arts:
A Move Towards Peace

Friday September 5, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
$20; $10 Students (Cash only at the door)
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Catherine Gardner, soprano
Jordana Deveau, dance
Dobrochna Zubek, cello
Adam Żukiewicz, piano

This concert, presented in part by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto, features a multidisciplinary exploration of the struggle between peace and war in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. On September 1, 1939, a German battleship fired the first shots of World War II at Westerplatte, a small Polish military outpost in Gdansk.

Featured composers include J.S. Bach, D. Shostakovich, K. Szymanowski, R. Strauss and W. Lutoslawski. The four performers are united in their goal to combine their various means of expression in creative and unique ways while maintaining the highest level of freedom in both the technical and expressive elements of the performance.

Catherine Gardner, soprano

photo“Donna (Elvira) is sung & acted by *Catherine Gardner* and her contribution to the success of this rendering is immeasurable. She *IS* a Donna Elvira…a fearless woman of spirit and indomitability” (Danny Gaisin, Ontario Arts Review, 2012)

Catherine Gardner’s recent performances include singing Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras with the University of Toronto Cello Ensemble, as well as a recital performance of Strauss’ Four Last Songs with pianist Emily Hamper, (both at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto), a performance of Craig Bohmler’s Songs of Stone in its Canadian premiere with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Judith Yan, and performances of Handel’s Messiah (Victoria Playhouse Theatre in Petrolia) and Fauré’s Requiem (Stratford Chamber Ensemble). Future engagements include the Canadian premiere of The Rival, (a short opera for soprano, cello and violin by William Miller).

Catherine Gardner is very fond of recital, concert and chamber repertoire and has performed with numerous groups such as the Oslo String Quartet and Stratford-based trio “The Poet Sings,” with whom she performed at the Glenn Gould Studio. Her first place win at the Andrews University International Vocal Competition allowed her the opportunity to perform Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Andrews University Orchestra, under the baton of Claudio Gonzalez. Other solo concert repertoire includes Mozart’s Mass in C Minor (Stratford Summer Music), Rutter’s Magnificat (Baltimore, Maryland), Handel’s Messiah and Fauré’s Requiem.

Catherine’s operatic performances include “The Countess” in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (with the University of Western Ontario and The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy), “Gertrude” in Mark Richard’s Hamlet (Stratford Summer Music), as well as “Pamina” (Di Zauberflöte); “Teresa” (The Reunion by Daniel Crozier) and “Ophelia” (Ophelia Forever by Amy Kirsten) with the Peabody Conservatory of Music Opera Department. She has also sung in various opera galas including a fundraising performance for the Performing Arts Lodge with James Westman, Roger Honeywell and Phillip Addis.

Catherine is a currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto where she studies with soprano Wendy Nielsen.

photoJordana Deveau, dancer

Jordana Deveau is a dynamic force in the Toronto dance community, active as a dancer, educator, rehearsal director and workshop facilitator. A principal performer with CCDT from 1994, her passion and skill launched her into the roles of Rehearsal Director and then Associate Artistic Director, where she trained future generations of dance artists for seven years.

Currently, Jordana is the Co-Artistic Director of JDdance, and a founding member of Event Horizon Dance directed by Miranda Abbott. She is the co-author, with her mentor Donna Krasnow, MS, of "C-I Training: Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers". Jordana has performed in the U.S., Europe and across Canada, interpreting works by notable choreographers including Carol Anderson, Peggy Baker, Sidra Bell, David Earle, Kate Franklin, Margie Gillis, Andrea Nann, Roger Sinha, Holly Small, Santee Smith and Gerry Trentham.

 

Dobrochna Zubek, cello

photoDobrochna Zubek, a native of Poland is a disciple of renowned cello pedagogue Cecylia Barczyk. Having obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cello performance from Baltimore’s Towson University she went on to attain a performance diploma from the Conservatoire de Versailles in France with Professor Barbara Marcinkowska.

Highlighting Ms. Zubek's numerous competition awards are: first place award of the Peggy Friedman Gordon Music Competition (2002), first place award of the Sidney Liebermann Music Competition (2004) and winner of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Competition (2007).

In an evolving, multi-faceted career Ms. Zubek has worked as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and orchestra cellist in Europe at England’s Dartington International Summer School in England, the Fontainebleau Music Festival in France, the International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada, Spain and in North America for the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, to mention a selected few.

Currently, Ms. Zubek is pursuing a doctoral degree in cello performance at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Professor Shauna Rolston. Awarded a graduate assistantship, Dobrochna is Ms. Rolston’s teaching assistant and this year’s recipient of the Yo-Yo Ma fellowship at the Faculty of Music.

Adam Żukiewicz, piano

photoAdam Piotr Żukiewicz is a pianist of great integrity. He has been praised for his “impressive technical proficiency and delicate refinement” (Indiana Daily Student) as well as “an ability to immerse himself full force into what is essentially a showpiece and make a listener believe he believes in it.” (Herald Times)

Maintaining an active international career Mr. Żukiewicz will be performing solo recitals as well as chamber music concerts with his recently founded Max Joseph Trio in Germany and Poland throughout the 2013-2014 season. Other musical projects of Mr. Żukiewicz’s include a debut performance with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in October 2013, recitals in the Greater Toronto Area and appearances at international piano competitions throughout North America and Europe.

Mr. Żukiewicz has performed across Europe, United States, Canada, Japan and Brazil. His performance during the 2007 Millennium Stage Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC was broadcast online. He has also appeared many times on TV in Poland. In the summer of 2010 he participated with the Max Joseph Trio in the Peace Concerts Series organized by the Museum of the city of Jawor. In May 2013 Mr. Żukiewicz performed a debut concert with the Toronto Sinfonietta and in July 2013, Mr. Żukiewicz played a debut performance at the Munich Opera Festival Chamber Music Concert Series. Recent competition successes of Mr. Żukiewicz include First Prize at the 2012 Shean Piano Competition in Edmonton, Canada, as well as First Prize at the 2011 TD Canada Trust Music Competition and Second Prize at the 13th Pacific Piano Competition in 2011 in Richmond, BC.

Mr. Żukiewicz holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Toronto and Masters of Music degree from Indiana University. He has also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK, and is a graduate of the United World College of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada.


Die Reise | The Journey: An Evening of Opera and Art Song

Friday, September 12, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
$30; $20 Seniors/Under 30.
Tickets via info@gallery345.com and www.charlotteknightsoprano.com

Charlotte Knight, soprano
Erika Reiman, piano;
Michele Jacot, clarinet

Join Soprano Charlotte Knight for her last Canadian performance before embarking on a six-month European audition tour.

DIE REISE | The Journey was named in honour of Charlotte’s upcoming tour, and as a tribute to the journey that ultimately lead her towards the life an opera singer.

The repertoire will highlight significant moments in her journey: from the early years of voice lessons, RCM exams and children’s choir- through classes at a performing arts high school and the university music faculty- to “the real world” of auditions, rejections, masterclasses, young artist programs, professional engagements and establishing a place for herself in the awesome, daunting and wonderful world of opera.

Together, Charlotte, Erika and Michele will tell musical stories of hope, ambition, comedy, disappointment, passion and pure joy.

Featuring:

  • Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (Shepherd on the Rock) by Franz Schubert
  • To Be Sung Upon the Water by Dominick Argento
  • Cabaret Songs by William Bolcom
  • White Cat Blues by Leslie Uyeda

with opera arias and anecdotes from the quirky life and journey of an opera singer!

Charlotte Knight:

A “promising talent” (Opera Canada), soprano Charlotte Knight is establishing herself as an emerging artist on both opera and concert stages across Canada.

Recent engagements have included Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, Hanna in the Canadian premiere of Künneke’s Cousin from Nowhere (Der Vetter aus Dingsda) with Toronto Operetta Theatre, Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème with The Opera Project in Vancouver, Le Feu in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges with the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy and as Marie in Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment in an Opera Gala performance with Orchestra London.

Charlotte appears regularly with the St. Catharines Chamber Music Society and has recently performed Seven Romances on the Poems of Alexander Blok by Dmitri Shostakovich, To be sung upon the water by Dominick Argento, Four Blake Songs for Voice and Cello by the late Canadian composer Ronald Tremain, and the world premiere of Three Poems by Guillaume Apollinaire by Canadian composer Tyler Verluis.

The 2011/12 and 2010/11 seasons marked professional debuts with several Canadian ensembles, including Primavera Concerts at Lieschen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata, the Etobicoke Philharmonic as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Toronto’s Opera in Concert and the Classical Music Consort as Diana in Haydn’s La Fedeltá Premiata, and Toronto Masque Theatre as Aréthuze in Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers.

Other roles include Morganain Handel’s Alcina, Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Serpetta in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, Zeite Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone, Johanna in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, and Phyllis in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe.

Charlotte is an alumnus of the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, Vancouver Summer Opera Studio, Halifax Summer Opera Workshop, Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, Royal Conservatory of Music Summer Opera Workshop, Opera Atelier Summer Program, Conservatorium van Amsterdam Early Music Summer School, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and the University of Western Ontario where she completed her Bachelor of Music honours degree in voice.

Michele Jacot, clarinet

Michele Jacot is a musician with an active schedule of solo appearances, gigs, and concert production. Besides being in demand for her skills as a clarinetist, she is equally at home as a saxophonist and flutist, and is often featured as a soloist or ensemble performer on all of her instruments.

Michele is the creator, artistic director, producer, and featured performer in her unique show, Commingle. This eclectic and social evening of music and art raises funds for local charities, and showcases some of Toronto’s finest musicians and local visual artists, who generously donate their time and talent.

As a popular freelance musician, Ms. Jacot has amassed an impressive array of performing credits. In the classical world, she has performed in the woodwind sections of most of the major orchestras in Ontario, and in many opera productions.

Experienced in theatre pit orchestras including Toronto’s Mirvish Productions and The Shaw Festival, Michele’s credits include, Chicago: The Musical, The Producers, and Sunday in the Park with George, Ragtime, and The Sound of Music, to name of few of her favourites. No stranger to television, Michele is seen regularly on CBC Television in the children’s programme, Razzberry Jazzberry Jam.

Ms. Jacot is also a dedicated teacher and is in demand from the elementary to the post-secondary level. As well as running a productive private studio, she regularly gives workshops to school music students, and designs and leads clinics for band teachers across Canada.

Michele is the Artistic Director of the Wychwood Clarinet Choir, a founding member of the DMSQ saxophone quartet and is proud to be a Yamaha Canada Spotlight Artist.

Michele was born and raised in Toronto and received her Master of Music in Clarinet Performance at Northwestern University in Chicago. Previously, she received her Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Erika Reiman, piano

Dr. Erika Reiman studied piano at Mount Allison and McGill Universities and earned a PhD in musicology from the University of Toronto.

She is the author of Schumann's Piano Cycles and the Novels of Jean Paul, published by the University of Rochester Press in 2004.

In addition to her piano teaching duties at Brock University, she is active as soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician throughout Southern Ontario. In 2008, she was the soloist in the premiere performance of David Fawcett's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.

 

 

 


CD release: The Test - Christian Overton Quintet

Wednesday September 17th, 2014 @ 8:00PM
$10 or $20 with a CD (cash only)
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Christian Overton, Trombone
Shirantha Beddage, Woodwinds Todd Pentney, Piano
Justin Gray, Bass
Morgan Childs, Drums

Over a year in the making, this CD is the debut release for the Christian Overton Quintet, and exciting contemporary jazz group featuring some of the city's most innovative musicians. The group will be performing compositions from their much anticipated CD "The Test" which will be available for the first time!

Christian Overton, trombonist & composer

Christian OvertonOriginally from Sudbury Ontario, Christian Overton is now one of the most in demand trombonists and composers in Toronto in every scene from jazz and rock to salsa, R&B, theatre work and everything in between. He has a degree from Humber College where he studied with some of the nation’s top jazz musicians including Pat LaBarbera, John MacLeod, and Alistair Kay. Christian has also completed a Masters degree at the University of Toronto studying with Kelsley Grant, Gary Kulesha and Tim Ries.

Jazz collaborations include: Hermeto Pascoal, John Clayton, Peter Appleyard, Jane Bunnett, Bill Dobbins, The Art of Jazz Orchestra, The Don Thompson Big Band, John MacLeod's Rex Hotel Orchestra, The Art of Time Ensemble, NOJO and Gary Morgan’s Panamerican All Stars from New York as well as many other acts.

Non Jazz collaborations include: Glass Tiger, Jully Black, Sloan, Bedouin Soundclash, Do Make Say Think, Classic Albums Live, Alain Trudel, Alfredo De La Fe, Roberto Blades, Willie Torres, KC Roberts & the Live Revolution and many others.

Currently composer for his own Composers Collective Big Band and Quintet, he has composed for several television projects as well as commissions for recent visits by Ranee Lee and Dave Douglas and for countless jazz and chamber groups.

Recently Christian has launched Clovertone Music Publishing, an innovative sheet music publishing company designed to get customized Canadian material in to the classroom and connect today’s professional musicians with the next generation.

" a crowd-silencing trombone solo from Christian Overton" NOW Magazine 2014

Christian is proud to be a Yamaha artist!

www.christianovertonmusic.com | www.clovertonemusic.com

 


Voci Angelica Trio
Common Ground: Songs of Home, Love, Loss and Prayer

Thursday October 2, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
$20; $10 Students (Cash only at the door)
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The phrase “common ground” is defined as “a foundation for mutual understanding.”  Using its own arrangements of global folk songs, Voci Angelica Trio aims to create a musical foundation for diverse cultures to come together.  The Trio’s program is filled with musical fusion: mixing sounds from different countries together.  Audiences will find themselves surrounded by the interwoven beauty of cello, voices, and percussion.

Biography:

Re-imagining the boundaries of traditional folk music, Voci Angelica Trio’s riveting arrangements of global songs from every continent leave audiences mesmerized.  Shimmering vocal harmonies intertwine with lush cello lines and vibrant percussion to create a musical fusion that transcends cultural divisions.

What started as a side project building on its members’ diverse ethnic backgrounds has become a musical mission.  More than just a performance group, Voci Angelica Trio is a humanitarian force promoting social justice and cultural understanding.  “We believe that one of the best ways to pursue peace is to sing one another’s songs,” says trio member Jodi Hitzhusen.  Meena Malik adds, “We see ourselves as musical ambassadors, using our performances to raise public awareness of diverse cultures and the issues they face.”

The name “Voci Angelica” is Latin for “voices of angels.”  Latin is a root language from which many others grew, just as the Trio believes that every culture is rooted in common desires.  Aristides Rivas concludes, “Music goes beyond language, religion, and politics.  It connects us to our humanity.” For more information, visit: www.vociangelicatrio.com



Trio D'Argento
Saturday October 4, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
$20/$10 Students (Cash only)

Sibylle Marquardt, flute and alto flute
Peter Stoll, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone
Anna Ronai, piano

Program

  • Leopold Mozart Divertimento in C-Major for flute, clarinet and piano
  • Florent Schmitt Sonatine for flute, clarinet and piano Op. 85
  • intermission
  • Camille Saint-Saens Tarantella for flute, clarinet and piano
  • Henri Sauget Concert a trois pour Fronsac for flute, saxophone and piano
  • Claude Bolling Suite for flute/alto flute, bass clarinet and piano

Trio d'argentoThree virtuosi join together in the exciting group, Trio D'Argento. Sibylle, Anna and Peter bring a superb level of excellence to the performance of their virtuoso arrangements and original pieces, but combine this with a fun relaxed and conversational atmosphere on stage.

Over the past few years, the trio has appeared in concerts for the Sarnia, Muskoka, Orangeville, and Brantford Musical Club concert series, twice at McMaster University, the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto campuses. They have also performed three times for Caledon East Chamber Music, twice for the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society and are now preparing for their Music Toronto debut at the St. Lawrence Centre.

From the classics to jazz to exotic world music, these brilliant musicians provide lively and entertaining concerts with spoken introductions to each piece. Sibylle and Peter play many different sizes of flutes, clarinets and saxophones, creating a wide and ever-changing array of sound colours, combined with Anna's sparkling pianism. www.triodargento.ca

Anna Ronai - Piano

Canadian/Austrian pianist Anna Ronai has collaborated with such distinguished singers as Michelle Breedt, Bernarda Fink, Robert Holl, and instrumentalists Ulrike Anton and Brooks de Wetter-Smith. Anna has performed at major venues in Europe, North America and China, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York, Gläserner Saal, Musikverein, and Schubert Saal, Konzerthaus in Vienna.

Anna maintained vocal and instrumental coaching and accompanying positions at the Vienna and Innsbruck Conservatories, and the Institute for European Studies, also in Vienna. She has played for master-classes with esteemed artists including Brigitte Fassbaender, Christa Ludwig, Thomas Hampson and Linda Watson. Anna has appeared and placed in several major Lied Duo competitions such as the Robert Schumann Duo Competition, Zwickau, Germany, the East & West Artists International Auditions, New York, U.S.A and Schubert und die Moderne in Graz, Austria.

Anna is a graduate of the Music University of the Arts Vienna, and holds two Masters degrees, one in Piano Performance and the other in Collaborative Piano.

In 2009 Anna moved to Canada, and took the position of vocal coach and accompanist at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo. She is an active performer at concerts and recitals across Ontario; recently Anna participated at the John Weinzweig Centenary Concert at the University of Toronto. She has also played several concerts with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, including a piece by First Nations composer Barbara Croall, Sound of the Drum.

Sibylle Marquardt, Flute

A native of Germany, Sibylle Marquardt moved to Canada in 1997. Her orchestral career began at the early age of 23, when she was regularly hired as 2nd flute/piccolo with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Munich under Sir Colin Davis, touring to Italy and Japan. She went on to join the orchestral program of the Deutsche Opera Berlin and held a solo flute/solo piccolo position at the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Donald Runnicles. She was a substitute player with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Gaertnerplatz Theater Munich, Bern and Biel Symphony Orchestras. She has also played with the Windsor Symphony, the Toronto Philharmonia and the Oshawa Durham Symphony amongst others, as well as in productions of the Phantom of the Opera and the Beauty and the Beast in Toronto.

She is a member of the ERGO ensemble, specializing in modern music, as well as the Trio D'Argento and Duo Resonance with whom she performs regularly all over Ontario. In Germany she was a founding member of Trio Resonance, which was an established ensemble at numerous high-profile concert venues and festivals throughout Germany and Switzerland.

Sibylle's teachers include Hermann Klemeyer, Jean-Claude Gerard and she had lessons with Wolfgang Schulz, Trevor Wye, Geoffrey Gilbert and Aurele Nicolet. She has performed in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Italy, former Czechoslovakia and France, as well as for Radio Canada, the BR Munich and TV and movie productions.

Since 1998 she is on faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a member of the College of Examiners. She is also the visiting artist at the Etobicoke School for the Arts. Sibylle has recorded the CD "From The New Village" with guitarist Wilma van Berkel featuring 20th century music and in the fall of 2014 her new CD with Trio D'Argento and members of the Canadian Brass will be released. WWW.SILVERFLUTE.CA

Peter Stoll, Clarinet

Known for his virtuoso energy on stage and as well as an easy and entertaining way of speaking with the audience, Peter Stoll was a prizewinner in the International Clarinet Society Competition and also Solo Clarinetist with the World Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales in Berlin and Vienna. He performs regularly in Toronto with different orchestras and chamber groups, and has toured as soloist and with ensembles to the USA, across Europe and to Russia.

Peter teaches clarinet, chamber music, woodwind performance studies and The Business of Music at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. He is also a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music's National College of Examiners, and is much sought after as an adjudicator at music festivals across the country.
Recent solo and chamber highlights have included a duo recital with pre-eminent Canadian percussionist Beverley Johnston, accordion master Joseph Macerollo, the Toronto premiere of a new work by Alexina Louie with the Gryphon Trio, and performances for visits by world-renowned composers Kryzstof Penderecki, Chen Yi and Anders Hillborg. Peter has played across southern Ontario with his group “Trio d'Argento”, and with the award-winning Cecilia String Quartet at the Barrie Colours of Music festival and the Toronto Music Garden.

Concerto appearances have been with the Toronto Philharmonia and the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, as well as serving as Artist-In-Residence for the Silverthorn Symphonic Winds. In October 2013 he was flown to Tokyo to assist in the Yamaha Music Foundation's international “Junior Original Concert” of young student compositions and improvisations. WWW.PETERSTOLL.CA


Zodiac Trio

Monday October 20, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
$20/$10 Students (Cash only)

Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet
Vanessa Mollard, violin
Riko Higuma, piano

Program

  • Andrew List – “Klezmer Fantazye” Canadian Premiere (written for the Zodiac Trio)
  • Dmitry Shostakovich – Three Duets
  • Gian Carlo Minotti – Trio
  • Astor Piazzolla – Verano Portenño (from Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)
  • Kye Marshall – “Themantics”
  • Béla Bartók - Contrasts

The Zodiac Trio enjoys an international concert schedule that spans three continents and is considered by many to be the premiere ensembles of its kind. Founded in 2006 at Manhattan School of Music in New York, before becoming the first American group and the only ensemble with a wind instrument to enter the esteemed Ysaÿe Quartet Chamber Music program at the Paris Superior Conservatory - the Zodiac Trio has managed to achieve a level of recognition on the international chamber music stage, rarely bestowed upon an ensemble of such untraditional instrumentation.

Amongst its many engagements since its formation, the Zodiac Trio has performed at such leading venues as Ottawa Chamberfest, Festival Radio France Montpellier, International Colmar Festival, the Oriental Performing Arts Center in Shanghai, National Performing Arts Center in Beijing, Izumi Hall in Japan, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, Tishman Auditorium and Merkin Concert Hall in New York, UCLA Clark Library in CA; has been broadcast by France 3 Television, Beijing’s CCTV News, Canada’s CBC Radio and Television, NBC, New York’s WXQR (including an hour-long in-studio feature on the Young Artist Showcase), had performances broadcast live on WFMT, featured on WGBH’s “Live from Frasier” in Boston, and has recorded multiple times for Radio France in Paris. In the summer of 2013, the Zodiac Trio succesfully launched the Zodiac International Music Academy & Festival in the South of France, which was attended by over thirty conservatory-level students and presented eight faculty and students concerts during the duration of two weeks.

The Zodiac Trio was originally formed under the guidance of renowned clarinetist David Krakauer and violinist Isodore Cohen of the Beaux Arts Trio. Shortly after its inception, the Trio was introduced to the New York audience by WQXR’s Bob Sherman, who aired multiple performances by the young ensemble on the “Young Artist Showcase.” Subsequently, the Zodiac Trio gave its official debut at the Kaufman Center, prompting Edith Eisler of the New York Concert Review to describe the young ensemble as “excellent…” praising its “remarkable ability” and“infectious enjoyment of the music.” The debut was followed by a string of concerts in Southern France where the Trio was further praised by the local media: “…unforgettable concerts by the Zodiac Trio! ...Truly exceptional and sublime talent... The prestigious level of the performances radiated the undeniable talent of the trio and foreshadowed their great success in the future.” – raved the Nice-Matin.

A strong advocate of new music, the Zodiac Trio has commissioned new works in order to expand the clarinet-violin-piano trio repertoire, and strives to serve as a platform of exposure for up-and-coming composers. Commissioned composers include Richard Danielpour, Ofer Ben-Amots, David Colson, Andrew List, Larry Bell, Andy Vores, Xavier Bouchaud, Marcus Paus and Sy Brandon. The Trio’s debut commercial recording included two works written for the ensemble. The Zodiac Trio is founder of the Boston New Music Project, that saw the ensemble in an annual week-long residency in Boston since 2010, that comprised Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory, Boston University and Tufts University. The BNMP served as an outlet for contemporary music featuring American composers by presenting performances and student-composer readings/clinics, to encourage exposure and growth of new music in the United States.

In 2013, the Zodiac Trio founded the international Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in the South of France, which takes place during the first two weeks of July. Under the artistic leadership of the ensemble’s clarinetist, Kliment Krylovskiy, the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival attracts 40 highly-advanced students to spend two weeks of intense study with an international faculty, and perform both in solo and chamber music setting throughout the French Riviera region. Now in its third season, the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival has been named 5th most beautiful Festival in the world by CMUSE. More information is available at www.zodiacfestival.com.

In January 2015, the Zodiac Trio plans to release a new recording featuring works written for the ensemble by American composers Ned Rorem, John Mackey, Andrew List and Richard Danielpour. Zodiac Trio is managed exclusively by Latitude 45.

For further information: www.ZodiacTrio.com.


The Art of the Piano: Megumi Okamoto

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 @ 8:00PM
$20 (cash only)
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Program

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:
May ("White Nights")
June ("Barcarole")
November ("Troika") from The Seasons, Op. 37a

Sergei Rachmaninov:
Prelude in Bb Minor, Op. 32, No. 2
Prelude in G Major, Op. 32, No. 5
Prelude in C# Minor, Op. 3, No. 2

Dmitri Shostakovich:
Prelude and Fugue in F# Major, Op. 87 No. 13

Nicholai Kapustin:
Prelude in E Major, Op. 53 No. 9
Prelude F Major, Op. 53 No. 23

Intermission

Robert Schumann:
Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17
1. Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen; Im Legenden-Ton
2. Mäßig. Durchaus energisch
3. Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten

Biography

Megumi Okamoto started playing the piano in Japan at the age of three and studied at Toho School of Music. She moved to the U.S. at the age of twelve. She has won numerous awards, including first place in the Young Artist's Competition at Bozeman State University; first place in the Yamaha Music Competition, State Division; and Gold and Silver winner in Spokane Arts and Music Festival. She was a guest soloist performing with Glacier Symphony Orchestra and with the Billings Symphony Orchestra. She received a Bachelor of Music at Indiana University, Artist Diploma at Royal Conservatory of Music, and a Master's degree at University of Toronto in piano performance. Megumi also holds a Master's degree in music theory.

Megumi has recently completed the doctorate program in piano performance at University of Toronto in the studio of Marietta Orlov. She has written a dissertation on the structural and performance issues in Nicholai Kapustin's Eight Concert Etudes, Op. 40. She is also an active chamber musician and specializes in viola repertoire, working as a collaborative artist at University of Toronto, Royal Conservatory of Music and Morningside Music Bridge festival in Calgary.


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